Group Test: In-car childrens entertainment

Heading away this weekend? Some essential gadgets to keep your kids quiet in the car

Image 1 of 5 Toshiba SDP94DT
Toshiba SDP94DT
Image 2 of 5 Apple iPad WiFi 3G
Apple iPad WiFi+ 3G
Image 3 of 5 Leapfrog Leapster Explorer
Leapfrog Leapster Explorer
Image 4 of 5 V Tech Storio
V-Tech Storio
Image 5 of 5 Nintendo DSI XL
Nintendo DSI XL

Toys to keep the little ones quiet when you hit the road...

I spy and the number plate game won’t entertain the Nintendo DS generation for long on car journeys. The modern parent needs to be armed with portable DVD players, PMP’s, games consoles and the new breed of tech that will amuse for hours. Some even have an educational benefit, but don’t tell the kids.

Best for Young Gamers
Leapfrog Leapster Explorer
£60

Love: Strong educational elements. Lots of games. Headphone jack
Hate: The cost of extra games can mount up

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Best for Literacy
V-Tech Storio
£60

Love: Miniature iPad styling. Educational
Hate: Expensive eBook cartridges. Flimsy screen protector. Low-res screen.

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Best for Grown-up Gaming
Nintendo DSI XL
£150

Love: Large screens. Built-in browser
Hate: Low-res screens. Pricey games

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Best for Young Adults
Apple iPad WiFi+3G 16GB
£530

Love: High res screen. All-round entertainment
Hate: iPad and young kids = foolish or brave

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Best for Movies
Toshiba SD94DT
£150

Love: Very portable. Dual headphone socket.
Hate: Low-res screen

- Read the full review here