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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.

10 Good Reasons “Smart” Technology For Seniors Can Be A Brain Extender.

 

10  Good Reasons
10 Good Reasons
 
If you are a senior (I’m 69 years young) you may want to print out this article and give it to your adult children.  After reading it your adult kids might buy you an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Android device for the upcoming holiday.

Bottom line for seniors… “smart” technology can help improve your day-to-day life.  

Here are 10 Good Reasons why this makes sense:

  1. Everything is in one place.  If you carry your device with you wherever you go – you will never have to remember passwords, PIN numbers, insurance policy numbers, friends birthdays – addresses – phone numbers and dozens of others things.
  2. Smart phones provide you with peace of mind when on a walk, or shopping, or other things if you should become disoriented or fall.
  3. Forgotten baseball scores, movie star names, finding hard-to-find products – can all be found with Siri or Google.
  4. Directions for driving, walking, biking or mass transit can be found, routed and give you turn-by-turn directions that are spoken out loud and visible on screen. The Apple Watch can even gently “tap” you on the right side of your wrist when it is time to turn right (and obviously left if that is the appropriate direction.)
  5. The newest version of the Apple TV, rumored to be announced next week on September 9th, can let you control the content of your television by simply speaking to “Siri” which is built-into the device.
  6. Tablet PC’s like the iPad, iPad Mini (and soon the larger iPad Pro) and Android tablets like the Samsung Nook series are great devices for book reading, magazine reading, audio book listening and social networks like Facebook.
  7. Millions of music tracks and thousands of movies can be rented or purchased and listened to or viewed on your device.
  8. Simple things like using your phones or tablets built in camera lets you deposit checks to most banks from the security of your home without having to drive to the bank.
  9. Barnes & Noble and Amazon both carry illustrated “how-to” books for seniors that help you learn your smart phone.  Soon you will be “smarter” about mobile tech then your kids or grand kids!
  10. Pew Research recently reported that seniors (age 62+) felt more “connected” and “more freedom” if they had a smart phone.  App’s like Facebook, eMail, web browsing, phone calls and text provide ways for seniors to stay connected with family members and friends.

In April of 2015 Pew Research reported that just over 27% of seniors used smart devices.  Empower your favorite senior with the tools they need!