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Say Hello to a Good Buy: The Replacement for Granny’s Computer has finally arrived!

Apple 9.7” iPad

As a technology advisor to seniors, the most frequently asked question I get is: “My Grandmother (or Grandfather) needs a new computer which one should I get?”

My response is: “They no longer need a computer they need a tablet computing device. If you surveyed seniors that use computers (desktop or laptop) and ask them what they actually use their computer for, the responses would undoubtedly include:

  1. Getting, reading, replying to eMail.
  2. Reading and responding to Facebook.
  3. Playing a game that might include Solitaire, Scrabble, or Wheel of Fortune.
  4. Reading a good ebook or magazine.
  5. Surfing the web for news, weather, and funny stuff.
  6. Seeing photos of my adult children and younger grandchildren.
  7. Maybe shopping online.

All of the seven above can be done on grandma’s lap while she is sitting on her couch or lying in bed using a lightweight tablet. Not so with desktop computers, and not easy with so-called laptops.

There are hundreds of different tablet computers that range in price from $49.99 (Barnes & Noble Nook 7″ Tablet) to over a $1,000 (Apple 12.5″ iPad Pro Tablet). In my humble (but well experienced) opinion, the BEST choice for doing the seven items above is the new $329 9.7″ Apple iPad Click here for more info

Here are ten reasons why this is the one to buy:

1. This is the most current version of the iPad that Apple has honed to perfection over the past six years.

2. The screen is bright, easy to read, and the exactly the right size to read ebooks and magazines with ease.

3. It comes with the A10 Fusion processor chip that is incredibly fast – great for videos, games, and going from one app to another.

4. The main camera on this iPad is 8MP takes stunning photos and can record in HD video. Plus use it for FaceTime calls with family and friends.

5. Use it to connect to almost any Bluetooth keyboard.

6. Get FREE ebooks, music, audiobooks, and movies from your local library using the Libby and Hoopla apps.

7. Weighs just a tad over 1 pound.

8. Thousands of cases, covers, keyboards, stands, screen protectors, styli, and headphones are available for this model iPad. Apple’s sensational electronic Pencil also works with this model.

9. Secure Touch ID, stereo speakers, 32GB of storage (more available), a cellular option is available, your choice of three different finishes.

10. Over 1,000,000 apps in Apple’s App Store.

Want to make your parents and/or grandparents happy? Get them an iPad, not a replacement desktop or laptop.

“Say Hello to a Good Buy!” – Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones. Good Quality, Great Price!


Jam Transit Headphones
Jam Transit Headphones
Looking for a “good buy” on a pair of studio style headphones that are good sounding – and inexpensive?  Consider the Jam Transit Bluetooth headphones.  

Here is why we recommend these great value headphones:

  • Good sound quality – not Bose or Beats quality – but then they are not $300-400 – Just $59.99 or less (see below). Surprising amount of bass reflex.
  • Wear while relaxing, biking, walking, treadmill and more.
  • Sturdy construction, comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
  • Retail packaging is also a “carry case” for after purchase use. Easy to use for travel or storage.
  • Perfect for music, audio books, podcasts, movies, Internet radio and more.
  • Up to 6 hours of listening on one charge.
  • Bluetooth range is about 30 feet. 
  • Does NOT shut out outside noises (like the lawn mower).
  • Built-in microphone lets you use for your mobile phone calls.
  • Micro-USB cord for charging (included) can connect to your USB phone charger.
  • Studio style can be worn over in-ear hearing aids – great for seniors (including me!)
  • Easy to set up and “pair” with your Apple or Android device – even works with my new Apple Watch (and iPhone, iPad, Mac – and the list goes on).
  • On-ear control panel for play, pause, volume up, volume down, next track, past track
  • LED lites for charging (glows red), in use (slow flash blue), pairing (fast flash blue)
  • Available in black or red.
  • 1 year manufacturers warranty


Control Panel
Control Panel
Easy to pick-up at your nearest Kohl’s department store for $49.99.  Amazon web site has them listed for $42.99 (Black) with FREE shipping for Prime members.  Amazon also has them for $40.46 (Red) with FREE shipping for Prime members.


Jam Transit Headphones
Jam Transit Headphones

“Say Hello To A Good Buy!” is a new style of post that we will publish from time to time when we find a really good value (value = good price, good technology, easy-to-use, good customer service) – especially for our senior readers.  Let us know (please leave a comment) how you like this new section!