LeapFrog Epic

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LeapFrog Epic
LeapFrog Epic logo.svg
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LeapFrog Epic in lime green
Also known asNarnia (codename)
DeveloperLeapFrog Enterprises
ManufacturerQuanta Computer[1]
TypeTablet
Release dateSeptember 2015
Introductory price$139
Operating systemAndroid 4.4 "KitKat"
System-on-chip usedMediaTek MT8127[2]
CPU1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7[2]
Memory1 GB
StorageFlash memory
16 GB and microSD slot
Display1024 × 600 px (aspect ratio 128:75), 7.0 in (18 cm) diagonal, appr. 21 in2 (140 cm2) at 170 PPI or 200  PPI
GraphicsARM Mali-450 MP4
Soundspeaker, microphone, headset jack
InputMulti-touch screen
Camera2 MP camera, 2 MP front-facing camera (for video calls)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Power3420 mAh lithium-ion battery
Online servicesLeapFrog App Center
Amazon App Store
Dimensions162.05 mm (6.380 in) (h)
228.6 mm (9.00 in) (w)
25.9 mm (1.02 in) (d)
Mass585.13 g (20.640 oz)
WebsiteLeapFrog Epic

The LeapFrog Epic (styled as LeapFrog epic) is an Android-based mini-tablet computer produced and marketed by LeapFrog Enterprises. Released in 2015, the Epic is LeapFrog's first device to run on Android; most of LeapFrog's mobile computing devices for children run on a customized Ångström Linux distribution.

Name[edit]

Despite being sold alongside the LeapPad Explorer line of tablets, the device is not marketed as a LeapPad model and is instead referred to in official literature as the LeapFrog Epic, the latter moniker being a backronym for "explore, play, imagine and create", in reference to the Epic's educational nature.[3]

Features[edit]

Hardware[edit]

A LeapFrog Epic with the back cover removed, showing its internal components.

The Epic has a 7-inch (180 mm) TFT-LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi capability, a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 MediaTek MT8127 processor, a 2.0 MP rear-facing camera and a 2.0 MP front-facing camera.[2] As with other devices and toys marketed by the company, the Epic is aimed for children ages 3–9, and like the lower-end LeapPad Explorer line of tablets, edutainment games and applications made specifically for the device automatically adjust to account for the child's grade level. The Epic lacks a cartridge slot, thus making existing cartridge-based software for the LeapPad incompatible; a number of games for the LeapPad series were however ported to the tablet.[4] The Epic also comes standard with a capacitive stylus, replacing the finger in situations where precision is needed, or in apps designed for use with the pen, and a silicone protective case for added shock resistance. The case, which comes in either lime green or pink, can be removed by the user, allowing access to the device's microSD slot.

An updated variant of the Epic called Academy Edition was released in 2017.[5] It is essentially the same hardware as the original Epic, albeit with a redesigned silicone protective bumper and updated firmware with access to the LeapFrog Academy program.[6][7]

Software[edit]

The Epic runs on the Android KitKat operating system, overlaid with LeapFrog's proprietary Kids Launcher UI with support for multiple user profiles and parental controls limiting the time a child can use the device along with content which can be accessed;[8] an unrestricted parent mode is also available along with the stock Android web browser. The initial firmware release only came with support for applications and content purchased from LeapFrog's own App Center, though an update was later made available allowing apps bought or downloaded from the Amazon App Store to be installed.[2][9]

By default the Epic does not come bundled with Google Play services installed, limiting app selection to the aforementioned App Center and Amazon App Store, along with APK packages sideloaded from outside sources; this can be worked around through rooting the device and copying Google Play components to the system partition, or flashing Google apps through a custom recovery such as TWRP.

Reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

The Epic was released to mostly positive reception, earning awards from parenting and educational organizations for its design and features.[10] The device also won the 2017 Award for Best Tablet from the children's media journal Kidscreen.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Peter Jenkinson of TrustedReviews gave the tablet four out of five stars, praising the form factor and user experience, but bemoaned the downloadable educational games' cost in comparison to apps available on mainstream content platforms.[12] Laptop Mag's Henry T. Casey was less enthusiastic, criticizing the LCD screen quality, the device's weight and performance, stating "The waiting and sluggishness may try the patience of young children," but otherwise remarked the included software and battery life.[2] Jim Martin of PC Advisor was similarly critical of the Epic, criticizing the hardware and viewed the bundled software as having "limited educational value", instead recommending Amazon's Kids Edition Fire tablet.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Educational 7 inch Tablet Test Report None Quanta Computer Inc". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Casey, Henry. "LeapFrog Epic Tablet - Full Review and Benchmarks". Laptop Mag. Purch Group. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Amazon.com: LeapFrog Epic 7" Android-based Kids Tablet 16GB, Green: Toys & Games". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Is the LeapFrog Epic tablet compatible with LeapPad tablets?". LeapFrog Enterprises. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  5. ^ "LeapFrog® Epic™ Academy Edition". NBC News. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  6. ^ "LeapFrog Epic™ Academy Edition". LeapFrog Enterprises. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Epic 2.0 Academy Edition". The Douglas Stewart Co. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ "VTech's LeapFrog - LVL Studio". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  9. ^ Miles, Stuart. "LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ "LeapFrog Epic Kids Tablet and LeapFrog Toys Honored with Over 70 Industry Awards". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  11. ^ Burke, Jade (9 March 2017). "LeapFrog Epic secures Kidscreen Best Tablet gong". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  12. ^ Jenkinson, Peter. "LeapFrog Epic review". TrustedReviews. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  13. ^ Martin, Jim. "Leapfrog Epic review". PC Advisor. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

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