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LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. Message Board

  • i_call_b_s i_call_b_s Jul 22, 2013 4:40 PM Flag

    OLPC XO Tablet

    Seems to me that is the competition to beat this year. Although it has the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) name, it is manufactured under license by Sakar International, Inc., a private low cost electronics manufacturer headquartered out of Edison, NJ that seems to have been steadily licensing prominent brand names whose owners don't want to manufacture anything and just want to monetize their brand by slapping it on electronic products. (e.g. Polaroid, Kodak, Marvel, Disney, etc.) I haven't really checked into where they're manufacturing those tablets but Walmart is pushing them since it is part of the OLPC effort and that just sounds goody-goody even if it has nothing to do with educating the world and everything to do with the bottom line. Its price point is basically the same as the Ultra.

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    • cane5 Jul 23, 2013 12:33 PM Flag

      If I am not mistaken NEON works with them as well.

    • Seems to me that is the competition to beat this year. Although it has the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) name, it is manufactured under license by Sakar International

      I couldn't disagree more. OLPC WHO ? Sakar WHO? Name and rep. mean everything and if the price point is the same it's REALLY a no brainer ! When I spend my money I want to know the product will work from a company that I know and has a past history of selling products that are in high demand !

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      • The manufacturer's name for the OLPC tablet is as irrelevant as the manufacturer's name for the Leapfrog tablet since neither the OLPC tablet nor the Leapfrog tablet carries the manufacturer's name. Just because you may not have heard of the OLPC concept doesn't mean others haven't and some may buy the XO believing they are helping out a good cause doing so.

        Plus, the XO tablet comes with 100 pre-loaded apps and 100 books in two languages. The Ultra doesn't come close to that level of content, coming with 11 apps I believe.

        I wasn't saying Leapfrog should throw in the towel. I was commenting on the competition that is getting pushed hardcore by Walmart rather than Leapfrog. Since Walmart makes up such a huge % of Leapfrog's sales, I believe that is where the largest competition lies. If you disagree, that's fine.

    • It is more design than function. Looks great but content is weak.

      One thing people talk about alot is a tablet that is "kid friendly" .

      The thing discussed less but LF has on lock is "parent friendly". It is easy fro parents to control content and feel confident they the child's user environment is safe and educational.

      This tablet has an overly complicated implementation of parental controls.

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