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Tablet Recommendation For Elderly (i.e. Simplicity)
Me | 11/17/11 | Don

Posted on 11/17/2011 10:12:10 AM PST by Don@VB

Trying to find a good tablet for email and simple internet tasks for Mom age 83. A tablet that goes from boot up to listing new email messages in the least number of steps a priority; It doesn't need to be a power machine (no gaming etc) but quick and easy to use for simple tasks. Thanks in Advance!!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computer; internet; ipad; tablet

1 posted on 11/17/2011 10:12:12 AM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB

A lot of elderly find it easier to swallow capsules...


2 posted on 11/17/2011 10:13:09 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Don@VB

We just got our Grammy a “MailBug”...it is just for emailing...very simple...she loves it...she is 94. Just google mailbug. All you have to do is plug it into a phone jack and you’re ready to go. Cheap too.


3 posted on 11/17/2011 10:14:54 AM PST by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: WayneS

I organize them once a week into daily bins.


4 posted on 11/17/2011 10:15:18 AM PST by steve8714 (Where there were two, now there's only me. When will I laugh again?)
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To: Don@VB

What makes you think he or she won’t use it for gaming. Didn’t the new version of Call of Duty just come out?


5 posted on 11/17/2011 10:15:49 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Don@VB

Have you looked at the iPad? Pretty much impossible to not be able to use.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 10:16:03 AM PST by douginthearmy (Still undecided.)
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To: Don@VB

Why would you just not use an iPad or iPad 2? They can be operated by just about anyone who can see...


7 posted on 11/17/2011 10:17:47 AM PST by xenob
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To: Don@VB

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Recs=10&Nav=|c:6845|&Sort=4


8 posted on 11/17/2011 10:17:57 AM PST by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: Don@VB

ipad.


9 posted on 11/17/2011 10:18:21 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Don@VB

My 75 y/o mother got an iPad and loves it! She browses the internet and reads book from both iTunes and Kindle apps. She likes it so much she went out and bought an iPhone too.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 10:19:02 AM PST by PaForBush
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To: Don@VB

We have an iPad and a Samsung android tab. For simplicity, the iPad wins. My 3 year old figured it out with no problems. The Samsung touch interface is a little more squirrelly, it has a lot more mis-touches than the iPad. I am intrigued by the Kindle Fire, though. Maybe somebody who has tried one will chime in.


11 posted on 11/17/2011 10:19:28 AM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998.)
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To: Don@VB

The new Kindle Fire is supposed to be pretty easy to use, and priced at $199 it’s not a huge investment as a “let’s try it and see how it works out” type thing.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 10:21:21 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Don@VB

You asked.

For the low price ($200-250), I think the Nook/Kindle Fire may be what you want. It can easily and quickly send and receive email. Not knowing her eyesight, the ability to read books in LARGE text, and various fonts - may be something she would really like.

The iPad is my particular favorite; very easy to use, can easily make text larger - with the 10in screen, it can display more of a large text than the smaller Kindle/Nook can with it’s 7inch screen. iPad will run more money, in the neighborhood of $600 for one I would consider (16 Gig is just too small for full utilization).


13 posted on 11/17/2011 10:22:06 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Don@VB

If it is just email, look for a Peek Pronto.


14 posted on 11/17/2011 10:22:09 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Don@VB

If Simplicity is your game, iPad is the winner, hands down. Ease of use nothing remotely comes close.


15 posted on 11/17/2011 10:23:52 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Don@VB

Pretty much any Android tablet or iPad should be good for basic Internet use. You mention e-mail; is she mostly going to be receiving messages and writing them? (If she’d going to be writing messages of any length, a netbook might be better.)


16 posted on 11/17/2011 10:24:46 AM PST by Retro Llama
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To: xenob

Thought of I Pad, just wondered if she would be getting way more than she would ever use.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 10:27:31 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: All

I don’t mean to hijack the thread, and this is not totally off base, but since the FR geeks are sure to be on this thread:

Can I expect to be able to access network files with a tablet, or does it just somehow use the WiFi connection ONLY to access the Internet?

Thanks.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 10:28:50 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Hodar

Kindle Fire and Android sound promising.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 10:32:31 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: Don@VB

It may but you never know... She can watch shows on it, read and send email, watch video clips, view pictures, “surf” the internet, then there are apps - Scrabble, Crosswords, Angry Birds, etc... It’s so easy to use you will be surprised how much the non-tech savvy person can do. Plus there is no “boot-up” time and the battery lasts for hours.


20 posted on 11/17/2011 10:38:14 AM PST by xenob
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To: Don@VB

I vote iPad for a couple of reasons:
1. Instant-on - no waiting for boot-up
2. Click on 1 button to launch email. Very intuitive.
3. iKindle app syncs with an existing kindle account if you have one.
4. iKindle app has the ability to use reverse resolution (black background with white type) which is very helpful to readers with low-vision. This is not currently available on actual Kindles. I think you can even make the font larger in the iKindle app than you can in the Kindle itself.
5. With the advent of iCloud, you no longer need to sync with an actual computer to back it up. It just needs to be attached to wifi and plugged in.
6. Can store photos of kids/grandkids to show to off how cute they are.
7. Free classes offered at the Apple Stores to learn how to use them.

There’s more, but that’s just off the top of my head. I recently talked my sister-in-law in her 70s to get one, and she LOVES it and has begun using it for even more than I thought she would.


21 posted on 11/17/2011 10:42:58 AM PST by Bush_Democrat (ATLAS SHRUGGED was supposed to be a warning, NOT a newspaper.)
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To: 1rudeboy
What makes you think he or she won’t use it for gaming. Didn’t the new version of Call of Duty just come out?

There are a lot of lil' ol' ladies playing very nasty games of Farmville. My mom-in-law is a nice gal but vicious when playing an Zynga game.

22 posted on 11/17/2011 10:45:08 AM PST by pikachu (After Monday and Tuesday, even the calender goes W T F !)
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To: pikachu
Tell her she needs to try EVE Online. The Hellcats might be recruiting.
23 posted on 11/17/2011 10:50:54 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Don@VB
Kindle Fire! I just got one and it's perfect for what you want. Only $200 too!

Mike

24 posted on 11/17/2011 10:51:13 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: MichaelP
My wife has an older Kindle and I was thinking of getting her a Fire. Can she store her pictures and docs on the Fire without go to a cloud? All she would use it for would be reading and maybe to show off pictures and documents without going online.

The Fire website was not a lot of help.

25 posted on 11/17/2011 11:00:29 AM PST by rightly_dividing
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To: EyeGuy

You mean access files on other computers in your home network? There doesn’t seem to be an obvious way to do that with the file manager on my (Android) tablet, but maybe I’m just missing something — it should be possible, but maybe the minimalist design of the table interface just doesn’t include that feature. If you need it, you might be better off with a small laptop/netbook.


26 posted on 11/17/2011 11:03:05 AM PST by Retro Llama
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To: Don@VB

My wife and I certainly qualify as elderly and we both grew up in a distinctly nontechnical atmosphere. Mining camp and rice paddy certainly not an introduction to modernity.

iPad gets both our votes. If you can read a book, you can adapt to the iPad. Plus, if you travel, the iPad is easy and useful in keeping in touch plus cheaper than cell phone.


27 posted on 11/17/2011 11:03:35 AM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: Don@VB

Yeah, there is a “singleclick” hack that will make the Kindle an Android device. This means that for $200 you have a pretty respectable Android tablet - and then can load your tablet with Kindle software, as well as Nook software; plus everything else that Android has.

The Nook apparently locked the bootloader - which is a big no-no to many people (like me). And, the RUMOR (I haven’t ocnfirmed this) is that the new Color Nook won’t let you boot off the SD card either.

Whereas, the less hardware boosted Kindle Fire seems wide open to throwing Android at it.


28 posted on 11/17/2011 11:06:05 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Retro Llama

“You mean access files on other computers in your home network?”

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Exactly.

Home or office actually.

I agree it SHOULD be possible, in that the devices are logging into the WiFi connection.

Thinking about it still further, I don’t see how that CAN’T be a feature, if the manufacturers want to capitalize on utility in the business environment, or in my case, a medical office.

I just picked up one of the D/Ced HP tablets and my wife has an IPAD. I thought I would ask before I started wasting time on something that may not even be possible.


29 posted on 11/17/2011 11:11:57 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: WayneS

The Depends tablet?


30 posted on 11/17/2011 11:34:32 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: EyeGuy

kalemsoft on the touchpad will allow you to access media files, tho I’m not sure about other files.


31 posted on 11/17/2011 11:44:28 AM PST by Eepsy
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To: Don@VB
This is a tad bit off topic, but if your mom enjoys bingo, as many seniors do, set her up at pogo.com

http://www.pogo.com/games/luau?pageSection=ag_list1_pl_freebingo&stMinverPageSection=category

You can play for free as a guest, or sign up, also for free. The site is ad-supported (there are 30 second ads between games).

If you win a bingo game, you get a “jackpot spin”, a longshot chance to win money or prizes. The spin gives players a goal to shoot for.

I've search many sites for bingo for my older relatives, and this is the best one I've found.

32 posted on 11/17/2011 12:03:49 PM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Don@VB

I have an iPad and a Transormer (android tablet)

As as checking email or getting on the internet, it’s pretty much a wash.

Android is going to be cheaper.

If you wanted to video call, facebook would be pretty easy if you want an iDevice yourself.

I personally find using the Android tab easier to use over all but that is very subjective.

If I were buying a device for an 83 year old, I would also look at notebooks, as eyes get older, the larger screen makes a huge difference.


33 posted on 11/17/2011 12:07:59 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: Don@VB

I have an iPad and a Transormer (android tablet)

As as checking email or getting on the internet, it’s pretty much a wash.

Android is going to be cheaper.

If you wanted to video call, facebook would be pretty easy if you want an iDevice yourself.

I personally find using the Android tab easier to use over all but that is very subjective.

If I were buying a device for an 83 year old, I would also look at notebooks, as eyes get older, the larger screen makes a huge difference.


34 posted on 11/17/2011 12:08:02 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc

Tried my daughters Ipad today; one click from desktop screen and new email lists appear. If Android or Fire does that too, it may be a close call.


35 posted on 11/17/2011 2:46:39 PM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: WayneS

Fellow FReepers, thank you all for your input!!


36 posted on 11/17/2011 2:51:42 PM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: EyeGuy

Yes, there is a file management app that will see files across the network for Android, it’s something like sm file explorer, I’m not using it but I think that is what it’s called.


37 posted on 11/18/2011 6:56:50 PM PST by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: dangerdoc; Eepsy

Thanks for the info.

It sounds like it IS possible, so I will research it a bit more.


38 posted on 11/18/2011 7:15:13 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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