The iXL is really 6 different devices in one and comes preloaded with software for each of the six applications right out of the box.
Just like the Vtech VReader, the iXL encourages children ages 3 – 7 years of age to learn to read and expand their vocabulary.
One of the biggest advantages that the iXL has over the VReader is ease of use. Children will have no problem navigating between the various applications and will love the idea of loading their favorite music.
Features of The iXL
- The iXL is a digital book reader, photo viewer, digital art book, notepad, game player, and MP3 player all rolled into one.
- The iXL is about the size of a a typical children’s book. It also has a color touch screen with a plastic stylus and attached 7 inch nylon string.
- Songs and music can be downloaded to the iXL via the USB connection on any laptop or home computer, making adding them a breeze.
- The iXL’s multi-taking capability allows children to listen to music and operate other applications at the same time.
- Other features include an SD expansion slot to add additional memory, single speaker, LCD light adjustment sensor, headphone jack and volume control.
The iXL Learning System feels very durable and that is a plus with the target age group of this product.
The management software used to load the different games and activities is easy to use for just about anyone and you don’t need an IT degree to be able to use it.
One really nice feature of the iXL is the ability for children to draw and color over uploaded photos via the photo viewer application.
The story reader has two modes, story and free play. When using the story mode, you cannot use the screen or turn any of the pages. In free play, however, you can flip pages and interact with the story and animations.
There are several pre-loaded games including a cooking game and basketball game. A wide variety of software are also available for purchase separately. Some of the popular ones are Disney Princess, Ni Hao Kai-lan, Toy Story 3, and Handy Manny.
Overall, the iXL Learning System is a very versatile product at a decent price. The software included with the device is easy for kids to use and contains enough variations to keeps kids busy without getting bored too easy.
If you are looking for just a story reader, you may also want to look at the VTech VReader. If you are looking for a multi-use device that is easy to use, feature rich and educational my recommendation is the handheld interactive Fisher-Price iXL learning system. If you are looking for Christmas gifts for kids, it definitely should be on the top of your list.