LeapFrog Epic vs Platinum

The LeapFrog Epic is the latest LeapFrog tablet to hit the market, and what makes it different from the other latest LeapFrog tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, are the Android operating system, more memory, expanded internet capability, bluetooth technology.

You can see the entire specs of the Epic here and even compare it to the specs of the LeapFrog Platinum, but the general gist is that it acts more like a iPad or Kindle than a traditional kid learning tablet in the sense that it has more memory, an Android system and bluetooth.

leapfrog epic vs leappad platinum

Having an Android based LeapFrog tablet means that you can use LeapFrog apps, as well as traditional Android apps, which means that as your kids grow, they can play mainstream games. The only thing it cannot use are the traditional LeapFrog cartridges.

The ability to have 16MB (with the option to have an expansion card) means kids can load it up, compared to other learning tablets (even from the LeapFrog line.) So there is internal longevity and external longevity with the tough kid-friendly construction, for which LeapFrog tablets are known.

Also, having the expanded internet capacity means that while the kids are young, you can control access to the internet. However, as they grow older, you can grow the access they have to the internet. Plus, LeapFrog has curated more ‘grown up’ content with kid-friendly Android apps (that don’t have in-app purchases (YAY!) or advertising), kid-friendly YouTube videos and more.

What I personally like about the LeapFrog Epic is that it has the licensed kid content that makes the LeapFrog tablets more interesting to my kids, and has good learning content, which makes me feel better about letting them have screen time. However, the Epic stands out because it has a kid-friendly approach to a traditional tablet – combining the best of both worlds in the technology realm for kids.

The cost of the Platinum is $129 and the Epic is $139. You can purchase on (affiliate link) Amazon as well as other retailers.

Definitely check out the website to see the specifications to see if it is right for your child personally. In my opinion, if you already have a LeapPad, then this is worth the upgrade. If you don’t have any LeapPad, and your child is 6+, then get the Epic for the most longevity. Otherwise, in my opinion, the LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum is a better choice for younger children starting off with their first tablet, due to the more kid-friendly navigation, and options with cartridges and Imagicards and apps, the Platinum offers compared to the Android-based Epic.

Check out my reviews of the LeapPad Platinum in the links below, and check out my YouTube channel for my LeapFrog video reviews!

About Charlene DeLoach

As a Boston Mom Blogger in Massachusetts, Charlene DeLoach doesn't care about the megapixels on a smartphone. She only cares about whether it will survive being in the hands of her kids.


  1. Kristin Cassidy says

    Thank you for this! I have been going back and for on which to get for my 3 year old. He currently uses the family Samsung tablet, but we wanted to get him his own tablet (and something more kid based). Ive caught him with his sisters OLD leap pad, the original one and he had fun with it. I think im going to go with the platinum for now 🙂 Thank you for your help! 🙂

  2. Charlene DeLoach says

    I would say the Platinum for a 3 year old for sure! But you can’t go wrong with any of the LeapFrog tablets!

  3. Grace Adams says

    Can you put ABC mouse on the epic or the platinum?

  4. Charlene DeLoach says

    You should be able to on the epic as it has a full web browser. Not the app though.

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