If you are a regular visitor to Modern-Senior, you may have read my post from a couple weeks ago entitled, “Don’t Waste Your Money on AARP’s RealPad.” In the interest of offering alternative solutions, and not just criticism, I have done some research and compiled a list of the best tablets for anyone who may be technology shy.
Most seniors who are interested in a tablet, are planning to use it to communicate with their families, share photos, and check email. Video calling features are a great way to stay close with friends and family who may be spread all over the country. While you might not be able to visit each other as much as you would like, you can still see each other on a regular basis and share in family gatherings and special occasions.
So how do you begin to choose the right tablet for you or your loved one? You might want to consider that almost every available tablet has video call capabilities, high resolution screens, and long-lasting batteries. There also isn’t much difference when it comes to usability. If you are not tech savvy and completely unfamiliar with tablets, there is going to be a learning curve no matter what. In reality, there isn’t one tablet that is significantly more learner friendly than another.
The real difference comes down to storage capacity, screen size, and battery life. If you plan on streaming videos and watching TV on your tablet and price is no object, then go for the Apple iPad Air. However, there are some more basic models that will cost you significantly less.
If you search tablets by price, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 will probably come up first, but the $99 price comes with some asterisks and operating system has some limitations that might make it worth dishing out the extra $25 to get the LG G Pad 7.0.
Any Kindle Fire model will be designed to make it easy to browse Amazon, but won’t be as friendly to other sites. It also has relatively little storage, making it a less than ideal option for storing pictures and videos. By the time you tack on a few extras, the Kindle Fire HD will be well above the $99 advertised price.
A better option that offers comparable value is the LG G Pad 7.0. This affordable tablet comes with more storage, a 7-inch screen, and a sharp display. At just $126.99 it is a solid choice for anyone entering the tablet market.
The other good news, just in case your email inbox hasn’t been inundated with sale offers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner. Some retailers are already offering previews of their sales on the keep an eye on is the Nextbook 8 PC tablet that will be available at Wal-Mart for $99.
Yes, in some ways, you will get what you pay for. There is no denying that an iPad with be the best performing tablet, but if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, there are some great options available for around $100, which seems even more reasonable when you consider that spending that money means being able to keep in close contact with your family.