It's easy to use. You load it kind of like you would an iPod or Kindle, you go to Leapfrog's website and download Tag software onto your PC, then "load" books onto the Tag. There is a space limit, but we have yet to reach it and you can swap the books on & off should that ever occur. Honestly, I have no idea how the "pen" differentiates between books, but it is very cool - you tap the words on a page and the Tag reads it to you. You can also tap all the characters or objects and they will make some sort of sound or talk - it's very interactive. Another nice thing is that - if you wanted - you can just read the books like normal books. So it's nice to know that if you ever forget your Tag, yet have the books handy, you can still use them as a form of entertainment.
The various Tag books feature a variety of characters from Disney, Nickelodeon, etc. We are currently using the Tag Junior books as that is the level my son is at. The books all have different learning elements, which are clearly stated on the cover, such as letter recognition, counting, etc. The Tag Junior books are board books and cost about the same as a traditional board book - approx. $8 a book. In my personal opinion, they don't skimp on the content either, which is nice when compared to other board books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar (a classic to be sure, but other parents know, light on content). The Tag books will run you a little more, but are also longer - more like a traditional children's book (approx. $11-$12 each).
My biggest peeve about this product isn't actually about the product itself. As I stated above, my son was only 13 months old at Christmas and as you can see from the picture the Tag is designed for children ages 4-8. Initially, I purchased the Tag Junior (picture below). As you can see, the Tag Junior is designed for children ages 1-4 (the category my son falls in). The Tag Junior works the same way as the Tag, however has an easier device for small hands to hold - it's shaped like Scout (the Leapfrog puppy). I mentioned in passing to a co-worker that I had picked one up for my son for Christmas and she told me to return it and buy the Tag. The Tag Junior retails for $30 and the Tag retails for $32.50; however the Tag will "read" both Tag Junior and regular Tag books (Leapfrog has a progressive reading system); whereas the Tag Junior will ONLY work with Tag Junior books. Ergo if you started with the Tag Junior, you would eventually have to purchase the Tag to progress to a higher level of books (assuming your child loved the Tag system and you wanted to continue using it). You will also be able to verify this on the box (and the books) that the Tag works with both kinds of books, whereas the Tag Junior only works with Tag Junior books.
You can purchase the Tag reading system at any large retailer. We bought ours from Wal Mart.
Here is a link to Amazon's site:
Amazon: Leapfrog Tag
Does anyone else have the Tag or another type of "reading" toy? I'd love to hear your comments!
Disclaimer: I was not requested to review, nor was I compensated in any way. The thoughts expressed above are mine and were observed firsthand.