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My 80-year-old, technically challenged mother with poor eyesight would like to communicate by email and do some surfing, possibly even use Facebook and view pictures.

It should be light, rugged, and intuitive.

I'm thinking about a tablet using Siri or Google Voice.

Any appropriate suggestion would be most appreciated.

asked Apr 21 '13 at 15:09

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edited Apr 22 '13 at 17:56

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If it simply must be a tablet- iPad--> but for the love of pete, please sit down & spend lots of time showing & then watching her recreate everything you show her to see that she gets it.

I do tablet classes for the elderly & my personal opinion is that there are about half of them that ought to be on an ultrabook or netbook simply because they do best with a keyboard.

For instance: speech to text. She speaks & it's wrong. She tries to fix it & can't. She gets frustrated, feels incompetent, & stops using it. Not being a downer here, but I see this a LOT. Consider it a heads-up. Your grandmother may be fine with an iPad. If there's any way to test run it (borrow for a few hours from a friend), do that. Then try a small ultrabook. See how it goes?

Good luck & you're a nice grandchild!


answered Apr 22 '13 at 01:01

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Hi. I would highly recommend a Nexus 7. It is easy to use, rugged and it will not be rendered useless if dropped. On top of that all, its $200 price tag won't break the bank. The nexus 7 is a 7" tablet. If you would like to purchase a larger screen for your mother, I would recommend purchasing a nexus 10. This screen is larger on this tablet but is doubled in price. Both tablets offer intuitive and easy to navigate interfaces. The nexus 7 will certainly give you the best bang for your buck, but if need-be, a larger screen is always available on the Nexus 10.



answered Apr 21 '13 at 15:29

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edited Apr 21 '13 at 15:30

I'd go for an Ipad because it's easy to use and the Display is bright and big. My Granddad uses an Ipad too and he is good with it. The ipad is intuitive and uncomplicated :) I would recommend to ask around and maybe someone you know can lend you his/her ipad and your mother can try if she can work with the ipad. Btw my mother is going to get an IPad Mini, but she is only 47 years old.

I hope i was able help you with your decision :)

Greetings from Germany

answered Apr 21 '13 at 15:48

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I agree with the iPad, it's simple and good for the elderly.

(Apr 21 '13 at 16:28) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I would suggest one of two tablets. A Nexus 10 from Google or a iPad from Apple. The reason that I would suggest either of these is as they both offer a bright and large screen while also being portable. They also have the Android OS with Google Voice software built in. And the text can be enlarged if it is too small to read comfortably. The two tablets are premium tablets, while the Nexus 10 is cheaper. Both are also very tough.

Hope this helps you choose,

answered Apr 22 '13 at 03:35

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edited Apr 22 '13 at 07:19

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After having experiences with both, I'd say go with the iPad. Why? Apple seems to concentrate a lot more on getting things 'perfect' and thinks about the end user. It makes things simple and look nice. (Of course if you are technically minded you might not worry about such things!!) I'd get the iPad because of iOS. Android is a great operating system but feel it can be buggy and i have run into various problems after having my nexus 7 for a few months.

If the money is available, go with the iPad. Smooth and in my opinion, an overall better experience.

If money is a problem then definitely the Nexus 7. I love mine and is great for the price! Just think that you may be getting lots of 'helpline' phone calls from her if you go with Android.

answered Apr 22 '13 at 11:12

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