|Vtech - V.Smile TV Learning System
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Turn game time into brain time with the new V.Smile TV Learning System. This learning tool combines TV and video games with learning to create an engaging and educational experience for preschoolers. Simply plug the console into your TV, pop in a Smartridge and let the gaming adventures begin. Your little one will enjoy both modes of play that V.Smile has to offer: adventure mode for a realistic gaming experience and learning fun mode for unique educational games. It includes a joystick that is adaptable for right or left-hand play, as well as the V.Smile console. The joystick is easy to use and features a chunky enter key, so little hands can guide their games with ease. There's even a built-in storage compartment where you can hide up to six V.Smile games. UL listed. Requires 4 "AA" batteries (not included) or can be run by a 9V adapter (not included). Smartridges sold separately.
Limit one per household.
Finally, a video game system that parents can feel good about! With children asking for video games at younger and younger ages, the VTech V.Smile TV Learning System is designed to make makes both kids and parents happy, combining entertainment and education with age-appropriate games and activities. Designed especially for kids ages three to eight, this learning system even offers different levels of play, allowing the educational output to grow along with the children.
With an included A/V adapter, the V.Smile hooks up directly to televisions, requiring no additional equipment. Built for small hands, the innovative joystick controller adjusts to accommodate both right- and left-handed users and features four flashing buttons and an oversized enter button. The joystick even has a stylus and writing pad for writing activities to teach proper letter stroke order. With a spot for a second joystick, kids can invite their friends over for two-player game play. The V.Smile also comes with a microphone for sing-a-long fun.
Learning Made Fun
A unique alternative to other systems, the V.Smile is built inside and out with young children in mind. The games build skills in spelling, logic, counting, problem solving, phonics, and vocabulary. Kids have so much fun with the V.Smile that they don't even realize how much they're developing their minds in language, science and math.
The games -- called "Smartridges" -- feature popular favorite characters like Scooby Doo, Dora, Thomas, and Shrek. Each Smartridge includes four or five additional learning zone games aimed at improving specific scholastic skills. This system comes bundled with one Smartridge. A wide selection of games are available separately and are organized into three levels of educational play: Early Learners (ages 3-5), Junior Thinkers (ages 4-6) and Master Minds (ages 6-8). With this range of educational output, children can advance to new games as they learn and grow. The Smartridges play in both the V.Smile TV Learning System and the handheld Pocket V.Smile.
What's in the Box
V.Smile TV Learning System, one Smartridge, joystick, microphone holder, A/V adaptor, and manual.
With an included A/V adapter, the V.Smile game system hooks up directly to televisions.
Innovative joystick controller adjusts to accommodate both right- and left-handed users.
Each Smartridge includes four or five additional learning zone games aimed at improving specific scholastic skills.
- The console connects directly to your home TV, no additional equipment required
- A whole library of your child?s favorite characters
- The innovative joystick adjusts to accommodate both right-handed and left-handed users and features a writing pad and stylus for writing activities
- A second joystick can be connected for two-player game play
- Microphone included for sing-along fun
- fun toy but not worth the money and probably won't last long!
My daughter used this toy for about 6 months before it just quit working. Now I am stuck with about 6 games and no system to play them on. Also had to replace the joystick in that 6 month period. I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased this product. It would have saved me alot of money.I definetley would recommend buying a different product and not wasting money on this one!...more info
- Fun game for kids
I bought this for my nephew that is almost 4 years old. He doesnt get to use it too often, only when he visits...but when he does play with it he seems to enjoy it. He can pretty much use it all on his own with out help but when it comes to what the different buttons do...he needs a little direction. the game we got to go with it...the backyardagins or something like that....it is not the best choice. i think he would enjoy it more if he had a game that had familiar characters on it. but i feel it is a good education gaming system. the microphone on it is annoying. its connected by a short cord. it would be better if it was all wireless. the batteries never last long in the system so i suggest buying a battery charger. its kinda cheesy looking too. but he doesnt seem to care. ...more info
- My daughter love her V-smile
We purchased this for my daughter 2 years ago for x-mas... she was 3 1/2 then and didn't quite get it, but now she's a pro at it. We've had no problems with it... I know there's been complaints of it just stopping and not working, but we have seen none of that and would highly recommend it. She loves the games and will play without problems now. It just takes a little getting used to at first with what to do. I'm glad we got it and are now looking at getting the VSmile Pocket for her so she can take the games with her in the car. My son (2 1/2) will "play" with her and loves to watch her play too....more info
- It's not working anymore!
My parents gave this VTech V.smile TV Learning System to my son for Christmas, and he's played with it a handful of times. Now, it won't even turn on. We took careful care of this system.
I followed all of the troubleshooting tips, and it's still not working. The hold time to get in contact with Vtech representative is forever long. I did wait until someone came on the line, and they are sending me information on how I can replace the system with a new one.
Think twice before buying this toy. There are better, more reliable game systems out there. Vtech didn't set the bar high in terms of reliability....more info
- A Worthless Piece of Junk
My son's VTech Learning Systems completely stop working after only
2 days of him playing with it.
After we returned it to Sam's club and purchased a different one from Target, this also stop working after 2 weeks.
Overall I think the game is a great learning tool, but it rates very poor in reliability....more info
- V Smile is a great thing for kids
I love the V Tech V. Smile! More importantly so do my kids! It's so easy to use, a 2 year old can play it, and learn just as easily as a 4 year old. Both of my sons love it so much that they fight over it all the time, so i would definitly reccomend buying two V smile systems, and maybe a third for yourself. My 4 year old William has learned alot of numbers and letters just by playing the games that we bought for him. The games are very educational and easy to play. It will definitly help my Wife and I get him ready for school in the fall. We all love it and give the V Tech V. Smile 5 stars....more info
- Good game system-if we could it to turn on!
This is a great game system, the games are fun and the kids love it. But it is so frustrating because we get it all plugged in and it will not turn on. It takes forever to get it on and sometimes we can't get it on at all. ...more info
- Enjoying, but a warning
Overall, my son (just shy of 4) is very pleased with this product. He has been enjoying it ever since it came out of the box today.
Just a warning to purchasers: As of right now and at the time of my purchase, the product description on Amazon says: "Includes 1 Smartridge, joystick, microphone holder, A/V adaptor, and manual" and "3 C batteries required".
It states clearly on the package that arrived that there is no A/V adapter included and it actually takes 4 AA batteries, not 3 C batteries. Fortunately, I had some AA batteries available here at home. But, I'm still stuck with the package of 12 C batteries I ordered at the same time.
I've been back and forth with Amazon customer service all day about this issue and, hopefully, they will correct the description so other purchasers won't be disappointed....more info
- Nervous at First....but good buy in the end.
I was nervous to buy this system at first because I had read the previous reviews and contemplated on buying a Leapster(Some of those reviews were just as bad). I spoke with my sis in law who bought a V.Smile for her son about almost 2 yrs. ago and she said they haven't had any problems and her son loves his. My daughter loved playing his too so thats why I decided to go ahead with the V.Smile(I kept the receipt just in case!). My daughter also has a V.Smile Tote and Go laptop that she got for Xmas last yr. and it works fine and she loves it.
I don't know if its the luck of the draw or what but we've had this system for close to 3 mo. and everything is working great. Though I would suggest buying an adapter for those who love playing their games......the batteries don't last long. The graphics are great too. She has a small tv so I don't know how they would look on a large tv. Her learning skills have improved immensly and I'm confident she will do great when she starts Pre-K next year!...more info
- my 4 year old loves it
Kung fu Panda is my son's favorite game. I didn't know that there was a boy and girl model of the the game system. My son asked why I got the girl system, but I told him that was all that was available. He was fine with that. But if your child is sensitve to that sort of thing make sure you order the right one....more info
- A great educational gift!
This is just a great product. My kids love it. I have avoided buying regular game systems because I don't just want them spending hours playing useless games. I like this product because they have to use their brains and they are learning skills that they need for school and beyond. It has had a few glitches but we have had it for about 2 years and it has held up great. The art studio and other accessories are good products too. My girls are six almost seven and are starting to out grow the games but yet still play them. If they made the games for older kids I would continue to buy them. My only suggestion would be to make sure you buy the power cord. It makes no sense to buy this with out it! ...more info
- Vtech V.Smile TV Learning System
Awesome game system & VERY educational. The only thing I would change on this is the microphone - it would be nicer if it were cordless or had a longer cord. The storage area on top of it is a great idea & hold several games easily....more info
- If it's keep working, we'd LOVE it!
I love Vsmile and my kids do too but, the unit will just STOP working! The first time, we had it almost a year and we took great care of it but it'd stop working where the power button would be on but nothing on the screen, then you couldn't turn it off. Sent it back to Vtech and they sent us a new one. About a year later, SAME THING! What is going on? Now they tell me we are out of luck. I'm torn becuase when it works, we love it! I'm thinking of buying the newer version with the microphone and hope that's better as we have 7 games and 2 from the holiday not open yet (in case). I say NO on the older vsmile...just wish I knew with the newer one, we'd have more warranty on it!!!...more info
- Daughter LOVES it!
My four year old daughter got this system for Christmas and has not stopped playing with it for a single day since. The games are challenging but not frustrating for her, and I love that she's practicing important preschool skills while playing. We did buy the second joystick and the electrical adaptor, both of which definitely add to the positive experience with the system. I often sit and play with my daughter in the evenings. I have to admit that I have fun with some of the games, too. Overall, I think this is a great value and very well designed. We look forward to eventually buying some of the add-ons (like the keyboard, mat, art studio) for further enhancement of the fun. ...more info
- Pass this one over
We have had 2 of these - yes 2. The first one stopped working after a few months after several instances of just shutting down during gameplay (at the time I attributed the shut offs to low battery).
Sine we were about 5 games in on v-smile and did not want to just throw the games away I purchased the new improved version with the adapter plug. This one did not even make it through the day. A huge disappointment! My sons and I were sitting there trying to figure out the new game I bought (yes sucker is written on my forehead) and after two 20 minute plays it stopped working.
If you still want to chance the unit - you should know the graphics are amateur and fuzzy looking but the kids do not seem to mind. Truthfully both my sons enjoyed the games and I like the educational aspect of them - its just too bad the unit doesn't work well....more info
The graphics are horrible- my expectations weren't high, but my daughter couldn't even tell what the pictures were supposed to be (and neither could I!). She played with it for about an hour total over the course of a week, and then the system stopped turning on. What a waste- I had purchased 5 games with the system and spent well over $100...for nothing!!!!!...more info
- V Smile TV
This has been a good alternative to the other more expensive video games out there. The games are kid friendly and with 2 controllers two kids can play together. For the price I think this is a good entertainment system. I gave it 4 stars because we did have a problem with the first console and had to buy another, but the first one did last more than a year. So the quality is not great but we already had so many games it was worth buying another console. ...more info
- Second child!
This is for my second grandchild. The first grandchild was my very active grandson and he loved to play with it. Now we are passing the games along to my beautiful granddaughter. The first one just stopped working but all the games are still good so here we go again!...more info
- Guess they weren't thinking when they made this...
People don't always wanna hear the great things so I'm just going to tell you out there in Amazonland what I feel is wrong with this system:
1)Didn't come with batteries or the Adapter
Why they felt the need to not to have a power cord or included the Adapter to begin with is beyond me, especially for something used by children who will forget to turn things off, play with it non-stop, etc. At the very least they could have included some cheap batteries with it, so those opening it on Christmas Day could play with it.
2)Games are mislabeled agewise
Ages 4-6? We like to think that the child who uses this is of at least average intelligence. He knows his colors, letters, numbers, etc. but some of these games were just over his head. Daddy had to show him how to do half the games and many of the activities required "coaching". More like Age 6. And I think some of the things should be explained. In one of the games it had something about odd and even numbers. It should explain what these are and THEN let them play to see if they get it.
3)Games are hard to take out and change
For the 4 year old who wants to switch games constantly it's always, "I want a new game now!!" yelled through the house. They're hard for me and Daddy to take out, more or less a 4 or 5 year old. I used to have a Super NES back in the day - all you had to do was lightly hit a button and it would pop out. Maybe they should try that instead of the yank it out method they have.
4)Sounds ARE garbled, as someone else mentioned
Our 4-year-old kept repeating this phrase and when asked where he heard it and what it meant he said, "I don't know, it's in my game." He repeated it several times and I finally figured it out and told him what it probably was. I thought maybe this was 4-year-old misunderstanding until I sat to watch him play and heard how cruddy the sound is when they are saying stuff.
All that said, he enjoys it and does find it fun. So I guess that's what counts, but some common sense in designing it would be nice too....more info
- Great for children, even with special needs.
Vsmile is a great system for any child, including special needs. The game is very simple; and not "alot" going on at once that can confuse a special child. The controls are bulky and big buttons so they are easily controlled. There are no time limits, and lots of praise throughout the games, ideal for a special needs child; as well as any child ages 3-6. Also, there are no flashes, or flickers of lights that can affect a child with seizures. Certain games on the wii, or playstation have warnings, giving less options to a child who has epilespy. My son is 8; but the 5 year old games he truly enjoys. Although he may know letters and colors already, etc; the game is just fun going through each level and knowing he can complete it and be proud of it. I wish it came with an A/C adaptor however the battery life is great considering how much he plays with it. The controls are reversabile, left or right handed. It has enough space to store all his games in the unit. His favorite game is winnie the pooh. ...more info
- Great learning game!!
My son received this as a gift a year ago & he has been playing with it ever since.
He enjoys learning how to spell & count numbers as he plays the fun games!!
It's great to take a long wherever you go. It's easy to connect to the tv which is
a plus for us! I'm really happy it's so entertaining for him!
I really recommend it to all parents!!...more info
- Spend your money on something (else) that lasts!
Granted, it only cost $50 at Toys-R-Us, but that money would have been better spent on a toy or game that actually worked.
We got this because of the dearth of educational games for another game console that we own. Seeing the strictly educational offerings for this was very intriguing.
This thing had been out of the box for something like two weeks before it stopped working entirely. With only fairly regular use from my 6-year-old, who loved it, I thought it an untimely demise.
When it was working, it was a satisfactory game system. The "educational" value of the games seems a little suspect, but at least they're not "run-and-gun" first person shooters.
We're testing out the Toys-R-Us Replacement Program. Pay extra for the "insurance" because you'll need it. There's nothing less fun than an orange box with cords everywhere that doesn't work!...more info
- no complaints
i gave this as a christmas gift to my nephews, and well... so far no complaints! As soon as the gift was opened, AWW struck the faces everyone standing near, it was fabulous! Although i was a bit disappointed that it ran on batteries and needed an adapter. ...more info
- VTech V.Smile vs Leapfrog Clickstart
Electronics are evolving into pretty much every area of life, and that includes Early Learning. Apart from PC software, and stand-alone toys, a new approach follows the `games console' line: a console that you can hook up to your television so your little one can play games that will teach him or her counting, the alphabet, and the basic reading/writing/'rithmetic. Whether this approach actually `works', in terms of teaching children the basics, remains to be seen - it's too early for any useful research evidence.
Two of the front-runners in this evolution are the V.Smile from VTech, and the Clickstart `First Computer' from Leapfrog. Both are fairly cheap plastic battery-powered consoles pitched at 3- to 6/8-year-olds; both come with initial free software, and have a range of additional software available as cartridges, mostly themed on popular cartoon/comic characters (Disney, Thomas the Tank Engine, Superman etc). Unable to decide which (if either) of these might be helpful for our three-year-old boy, we decided to buy both and try them out. This is what we found.
The V.Smile is slightly more expensive (AU$119 for the console, plus AU$40 per software cartridge). It seems like the better machine in a lot of respects. There is a much wider range of software (about 30 cartridges available), catering from 3-to-5-year-olds up to 6-to-8-year-olds. It looks better engineered: sound output can be in stereo; there is a built-in compartment for storing your cartridges; there is a microphone (which we haven't used yet); and, although battery-powered (4 x AA), you can also run it off the mains - though, somewhat annoyingly, you have to buy a separate AC adapter. The user manual leaflet is somewhat better than that of its competitor, though both are adequate and both systems were quite easy to set-up without the manual.
However, its appearance gives the game away for the V.Smile: it looks like a cartoon version of a Playstation, and the interface is joystick-based (one supplied, with the option to add a second). It is first and foremost a games console, and the software confirms this: the activities are essentially `platform games' (think Donkey Kong or Super Mario), with a fairly thin serving of word/number/pattern/colour recognition thrown in. It was readily apparent that the main entertainment lay in manoeuvring, jumping, and evading hazards, and the basics of this were beyond our three-year-old at his first sitting; in contrast, the puzzles shown (`which one is the apple?' `pick the red circle' etc) posed little or no challenge to him at all. Although he had great fun (with Daddy's help), I'm not sure he learnt anything at all in an hour's test run.
The Clickstart got off to a poorer start, despite being a bit cheaper (AU$98 for the console, and AU$31.50 per cartridge). For openers, it's packaged in that annoying wire-and-sticky-tape fashion that takes at least half-an-hour to get out of the box and generally requires destroying a substantial amount of the packaging. There seem to be only six software cartridges available, aiming up to 6-year-olds. It does have the big advantage of being cordless, relying on an infra-red transmitter rather like your remote. We thought this might be a problem for our projector (being behind the child, as opposed to a TV screen in front of them), but it proved to be no problem at all unless someone stood in front of the IR receiver - presumably the IR signal is reflected from the wall. However, this does also mean that there are two components each requiring batteries (4 x AA and 4 x C), with no option for an AC adapter.
But - and it's a big but - the Clickstart is quite clearly based on a computer, not a games console. The interface is a QWERTY keyboard, with a simple one-button mouse; it can register different `users', if you have more than one child; and the home screen is a simplistic `point-and-click' GUI. A cute puppy called Scout is your guide to the system (and our boy LOVES puppies). The built-in games are more varied in format, and richer in content, than those of the V.Smile; they focus on developing both conceptual skills (numbers, letters, shapes, colours etc) and interface skills (how to use a keyboard and mouse). Even with no keyboard skills at all, our three-year-old could still have a grand time pressing random keys to collect alphabetical fruit or bring up phonetic-linked pictures. But by the end of an hour or so, he was starting to recognise individual digits (`press the 8 key'), and was getting the hang of the mouse. The cartridge games we tried were somewhat more `platform'-like, but with less emphasis on tricky manoeuvring and more emphasis on picking the right shape/number/colour, and some counting. The cartridge graphics seem to have come from the 1980s, but our three-year-old could recognise Buzz and Woody and Emperor Zurg and that was good enough for him! And whereas the V.Smile cartridges are each pitched at a specific age range, the Clickstart games and cartridges each contain different levels for different age groups - making up to some degree for the fact that there are fewer of them.
So my vote goes to the Clickstart, simply because it aims to be an educational toy computer rather than an educational games console; and (on the basis of a short test run), it actually seems to achieve some education. On the other hand, for an older child who's already hooked on video games, the V.Smile probably stands a better chance of getting their attention, and perhaps keeping it with the older-age-group cartridges and two-player options. I'm still not convinced that either of these systems is really the best way to teach children their numbers and letters; and I realise that nothing will take the place of hours of input from an enthusiastic adult. But I'd much rather see my toddler having fun with a keyboard than a joystick, particularly if that's going to set any sort of pattern for the future.
- Save your money
I have gone through two vsmile consoles and one vsmile pocket. They have all broken down and stopped working within two months despite new batteries and and an adapter (which only worked once). In fact the vsmile pocket had only been played a few times and it stopped working within four weeks. The temptation is to buy another one because you bought the games. Well I am here to tell you, DON'T DO IT. It is money down the drain. Cut your ties and move on. It is a BIG waste of money....more info
- vtech tv learning system
I bought this for my 4 year old grand-daughter for x-mas. She loves it. It is educational while she is having fun. Her mother bought the book that attaches to the TV part, so the TV is even more useful. The price was good, the ordering and delivery was quick and hassile free. ...more info
- The video resolution kills the deal here. Try LeapFrog's ClickStart first.
My 3 year old recently received this as a birthday gift. I was excited for him to try it out as we have already enjoyed LeapFrog's ClickStart (to a limited degree because my son still has trouble figuring out how to manipulate the mouse appropriately) and LeapFrog's Little Leaps computer/TV system (so easy to use!). It was simple to set up and get started. Just plug it in and go, go, go. But I had to turn the awful carnival music off right away. Then I found myself getting more and more irritated because of the 1980s type resolution. We were using this on a 2007 LCD 50 inch screen TV. I'm not sure if that affects how the game looks or not, so I thought I'd include that detail. After 20 minutes, I had to turn it off because it was giving me an awful headache. I grew up playing Intellivision, Atari and the like, plus played Sega and computer games later on. Screen media has never triggered such a reaction! So we made it about 20 minutes or so. What we learned in those 20 minutes? Using the Alphabet park program that comes with the unit, we learned the following: The Learning Adventures section was way above my child's experience level since he doesn't know how to use a joystick or a stylus. He also didn't get the whole Sonic the Hedgehog type jumping and pounding that every game in that area required. The Learning Zone area was more appealing since he knows all his colors, shapes, letters and numbers and is always eager to practice with those concepts. But the equipment got in the way of his play because he couldn't use it yet. So I did the controlling of the joystick and pen while he told me what to select. We did try the sing-a-long part but it seemed like the microphone didn't actually amplify his voice, or mine, so that was a waste, too.
I would have LOVED for this to work out. I was all set to buy the art studio. But it's going back. LeapFrog's ClickStart has much better resolution (a big plus for me) and it gives younger kids a chance to use the keyboard as standard equipment(yes, I know there's an attachment for this, too. If the video quality didn't trigger a headache for me we would have bought that, too). I think we will buy the LeapFrog cartridges we don't have with the money we get taking this back. Also, I second other reviewers about the difficulty in changing cartridges (which could be good or bad, depending on the kid). ...more info