YMMV / LeapFrog

  • Crack Is Cheaper: Just look at how much a typical game costs on LeapFrog's in-house app store compared to those on Google Play and Apple App Store, and you can pretty much see why parents who bought an Epic for their children would often ask if it is possible to install Google Play.note 
    • The cheapest games on the App Centre go for around £3.50 UK/$5.00 US, and even those which have freely-available or open-source equivalents elsewhere go for a lot more than expected. At this point, you can tell that they're banking on character recognition instead of actual content, which is not a smart plan- while they do have a dedicated following, the following is not even close to the size of Disney or Warner Bros' characters fans.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Reviewers on Amazon bemoaned the DRM scheme on the Epic, as it was cumbersome to deal with due to the draconian (re)activation scheme requiring users to authenticate their purchases every so often.
  • Ear Worm: Some of the music played by the toys are very catchy. As are the music in the DVD series. It got so awesome that there were two soundtrack music CD releases.
    We love the sounds that letters make / we make them every day...
  • Loads and Loads of Loading: The LeapFrog Epic's UI gamed at least some criticism for this, with one reviewer expressing concern over how this may test the patience of some children. It doesn't help that for an $100+ tablet, it came with a MediaTek MT8127, a system-on-chip designed for low-end tablets.
  • Name's the Same: Egregiously, both Leap Frog and Jump Start has a firefly named Edison and a cat named Casey in their character roster.
  • Obvious Beta: While the Epic tablet gained accolades from parenting organisations, it wasn't without its flaws - the TN screen they used suffered from bad viewing angles and colour reproductionnote , the included MT8127 system-on-chip was a bit inadequate for the task, and to top it all off, prices for applications and games developed for it, and by extension, the tablet itself, added a significant barrier to entry limiting its appeal when devices with similar performance could be had for less. It didn't help that the device costs way more in Asia for no good reason either - you could fetch a more capable tablet or perhaps an entry level desktop for the same price as the Epic is in SE Asia. Lastly, the brain-dead licensing of many third party brands are for the main six regions only (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Australia and New Zealand) meant many of the apps aren't available in the 200+ countries who fall under the "other" region, leading to more discontent. They did try to appease these users by allowing the installation of the Amazon Appstore, but Amazon themselves did something equally stupid when launching Amazon Underground shortly after, blocking many apps from Asia where they were previously available and is still available on Google Play Store.
    • Not to mention that firmware version 1.7.18 had a major bug where streaming videos are unable to play back properly regardless of site (e.g. YouTube, Netflix or Vimeo), if at all, which is egregious as parents have bought the tablets for children to watch their favourite cartoons on. And to rub salt into the wound, LeapFrog isn't apparently arsed to fix the issue and has dismissed complaints as having nothing to do with the firmware itself and blaming it on some third-party app they don't support, much to the ire of parents who have spent $50 or more on what would essentially be a defective product. That is unless you're a tech-savvy person or a parent who happens to be a hacker — one workaround is to replace the default firmware with a backup of the latest Academy Edition ROM.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The Scout and Violet toys certainly qualifies. Heck, any of their toys whose target audience are toddlers qualifies.
  • Tear Jerker: In A Tad of Christmas Cheer, when Tad does a duet with Mrs. Frog that something is missing. Made especially cruel since Tad is singing it out in the cold, while it's snowing.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Perhaps infamously, the Fly Fusion Pentop Computer. Businessmen and geeks alike love them so much that it spun off a professional pentop computer product for the adult market segment.
    • Many of the plush toys manufactured by the company also attracted college students due to their cuteness factor, this was Lampshaded in a Leapfrog commercial in the late 90s/early 2000s. Even today, the Scout and Violet toys don't just attract kids.
    • A number of electronic toys from the company attracted a cult following amongst hardware hackers as they all run on an embedded Linux distribution. Ports of emulators and open-source games can be sideloaded into the device, provided you have the right tools for the job.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: Penny of the Scout and Friends video is a hamster, but some think she's a guinea pig. Guinea pigs, though, don't have tails.
  • The Woobie: Tad, especially in A Tad Of Christmas Cheer