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:
- Getting, reading, replying to eMail.
- Reading and responding to Facebook.
- Playing a game that might include Solitaire, Scrabble, or Wheel of Fortune.
- Reading a good ebook or magazine.
- Surfing the web for news, weather, and funny stuff.
- Seeing photos of my adult children and younger grandchildren.
- 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.