Best Tablet Accessories You Can’t Live Without

Best Tablet Accessories You Can’t Live Without

Coming up with this list of best tablet accessories was so much fun! I know it sounds crazy but I have an iPad Air, iPad Mini and a Samsung Tab 3, don’t judge me, I have to have these tablets in order to teach all of you on these different devices. LOL

I have some accessories that will work for all three of these tablets but then some of the other accessories only work with that particular tablet.

I thought it would cool if I did a post that showed you the best tablet accessories and explains why you really can’t and shouldn’t live without them.

Besides the fact that some of these accessories will actually protect your device, there are some cool items that I promise will make your touchscreen life that much better.

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Accessories That Will Keep Your Tablet Protected

Screen Protectors

When you put a screen protector over your screen you’re protecting it from shattering in a million little pieces if you were to drop it.

I live down here in Florida where hurricanes are a big concern during the summer months. To protect some of the windows in our home we will use tape on them so that if they were to get blown out they will not shatter all over the place.

A screen protector for your tablet will work the same way. Of course, just like anything else, all screen protectors are not the same.

I actually spent a little bit more money on my screen protectors because I have Grandbabies that love playing with Grandma’s iPad and I need a tough screen protector for that.

Cases for your Tablet

I feel like a case works in tandem with the screen protector because having both you are doubly (is that even a word? lol) protected.

For instance, if I was to have a case on my tablet and I dropped it in such a way that it hit the screen, my screen would shatter in a million pieces but if I had the screen protector on it then the screen would have survived.

Then of course if I only had the screen protector on it and dropped it, the screen may be fine but what if I now have a huge dent in my tablet.

See how having BOTH the case and screen protector can really protect your investment?

When you are shopping for those cases read the reviews, read the questions people ask and the answers that others give. Also, make sure that the case fits the tablet you have because we all know there are so many different tablets but also, a different version of those tablets.

Decisions – Decisions – Decisions

Accessories That Will Help You Operate Your Tablet Easily

Stylus Pens

If you haven’t read my post about the Touch Screen Stylus Pens you should definitely head over there and read it now.

These pens help you accurately choose what you want or need on the screen.

For me, I sometimes have a hard time tapping on the screen and choosing something because it’s so small and my finger is too big. I usually end up opening an app or another page that I didn’t want to and will get frustrated.

That’s why I love my stylus pen because when I tap on something on the screen it goes where I want it to go.

I’m not the only one either.

I was teaching our YouTube Course in one of the Assisted Living Facilities and one of the ladies pulled out 3, yes THREE stylus pens because she doesn’t leave home without them. 🙂

She let one of the others ladies borrow one that day and the next week she came in with her very own stylus pen.I’m telling you, they will make your life easier when using touch screens.

Keyboards

For many of us that are used to a typewriter or computer keyboard, these things are priceless.

I don’t know about you but trying to type on a touchscreen is just not happening for me.

I can’t get used to it!

A keyboard to me is like an old book that every few years you pick up to read and it just feels familiar in your hands. When I put my fingers on my keyboard they just start flying over the keys and reveal what’s in my heart or my mind.

I can’t do that on a touchscreen keyboard.

If you’re like me and love the feel of a keyboard under your fingertips, then you don’t want to go another day without this accessory!

Accessories That Are Fun and Cool to Have

Tablet Stands

I use my tablet A LOT in the kitchen. If I find a recipe on Pinterest or AllRecipes.com I have it saved and will whip up that recipe in the kitchen.

Even though my case allows me to prop it up sometimes when moving it around it will fall over and, of course, my hands are covered in stuff so I can’t stand it back up.

These stands are honestly ingenious.

All I do is put my tablet on the stand and move it around the kitchen with me as I’m cooking and it always stays in the same position and I don’t have to worry about it falling over.

It reminds me of those recipe holders you use in the kitchen for the recipes you have on paper except now with all this wonderful technology the holder has become bigger.

Hey, with my eye sight I need that. 🙂

Earphones/Earbuds

Whether you like the earpieces that go over your ear or inside your ear they are WONDERFUL for drowning out the kids crying, the phone ringing, the teens complaining, the news lying, the dog barking, the… hey I think I just came up with a new song. lol

Anyway you get my drift right?

When you need to just relax or get away from what’s going on around you, you can put these on or in your ear and just let it go.

I just happen to have both.

While I’m driving around, running/exercising or in the house and speaking to someone on the phone I love to have my earbuds in my ears.

Now, when I listen to my Praise and Worship music I have the earphones that go over your ears because that seems to consume my ear where I feel like nothing can get in. 😉

Whatever your fancy is, these are a great accessory to have for your tablet.

Bluetooth Speakers

For those moments you can’t or don’t want to have the earphones/earbuds on and you want to share what you’re listening to with others around you…there are the Bluetooth Speakers.

I bought a Bluetooth speaker about a year ago and it’s now been confiscated by my kids for around the pool. I think speakers are in order for their birthdays next year.

These Bluetooth speakers are wireless and will allow you to play music, have your tablet read a book or newspaper to you or if you’re watching a movie but moving around the house you can hear it play over the speaker.

Some of these Bluetooth speakers are no joke when it comes to the sound!

The sound coming from some of them is amazing and will probably make the neighbors call noise control on you if you really crank it up.

That about wraps it up for your Tablet Accessories.

Are there accessories that you have with your tablet that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them and maybe even add them to this list.

I know for me, I have some shopping to get done for Dad, he wants a Stylus Pen and I think the Bluetooth speakers are calling me to buy them for my kids this Christmas. lol

Y’all Be Blessed

Touch Screen Stylus Pen

Touch Screen Stylus Pen

A Touch Screen Stylus Pen – The #1 Accessory EVERY Senior Needs For Their Device

What is a Stylus Pen for Touch Screen Devices?

stylus-pen-for-touch-screenI could give you the technical definition of a stylus pen but I think it’s best if I put it in my own words. A Stylus Pen works by touch or pressure, rather than actual ink and is an instrument that allows me to precisely tap on my screen to make my tablet or smartphone complete a task I want it to do. For instance, if I wanted to select my Facebook app the stylus pen allows me to do so without accidentally opening another app by touching on it. It also gives me the ability to write or draw on my touchscreen using apps that will turn your iPad into a really cool drawing tablet.

Stylus Pen’s work on all sorts of devices like the iPad, iPhone, Android and Samsung and will work on e-Readers like the Kindle and Nook.

Your Need for a Stylus is Greater Than You Think

If you suffer from:

  • Eye-hand coordination that isn’t what it use to be
  • Arthritis
  • Fat fingers
  • Neuropathy
  • Decreased dexterity
  • The effects of a Stroke or anything else that may hinder you from using your fingertips to touch the screen.

Then you definitely need a stylus pen so that your time on your tablet or phone will be more enjoyable.

A Stylus pen will give you a better level of use and functionality because they are more accurate than your fingertips.

Plus they are super simple to use and allow you to effortlessly scroll through web pages and accurately choose tasks you want to perform.

Not all Stylus Pens are the Same

Stylus Pens come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and are used for many different purposes.

I mean, you have those that work great for drawing – those that have small nibs and large nibs – those with thin and wide grips – those that have tips/nibs that are replaceable and those that dual between the stylus pen and an ink pen.

With so many different stylus pens out there how is one supposed to choose what is right for them?

Read the description, the questions and the reviews of the pen before you purchase it.

When choosing my pen I read the reviews for each pen and was able to determine which one would work with my iPad Air 2, iPad Mini and my iPhone 6S Plus along with my Samsung Tablet.

This is what you’ll want to do also because some pens I found were not compatible with all four of these touch screen devices.

For the sake of this article, I only wanted to focus on Stylus pens that would benefit those aging adults that may be having trouble using their fingertips to choose things on their touch screen tablet or phone.

There are stylus pens that are specific to those that are looking to draw, sketch or design concepts on their iPad like these fine point pens here.

[Disclosure: “If you decide to make a purchase through these links, Amazon will pay Dad and I a commission for it. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. but this allows us to keep the rest of our content free, so thank you!”]

4 Top-Rated Stylus Pens for Seniors

(Remember to Read the Reviews before you purchase anything – this will help you to choose the pen that is right for you)

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1. Cosmonaut – Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screen Tablets

With its wide grip and durability, the Cosmonaut Stylus is the perfect shape, weight, and length for the elderly who owns a tablet, smartphone or e-Reader. Not only does it have precision touch but many have said that it is the best on the market.

4.3 out of 5 stars

Known to work with: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone, Surface, Kindle Fire
Tips/Nibs Replaceable: Yes
Size: 5 x 0.9 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 1.4 ounces

What others are saying about these stylus pens:

  • Great for Stroke Survivors
  • Best on the market
  • Bought this for my 72-year-old mother – she doesn’t have arthritis but had problems using a regular stylus as of late and this did the trick.

2. elagoÂź Stylus

This stylus pen is great for note-taking, drawing and is a lot like writing with a real pencil but with a much more comfortable feel to it. The tip on it allows you to write at whatever angle you hold it at, the contact is great and its precision is on point.

4.1 out of 5 stars
Known to work with: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone, Android Devices, Surface, Kindle Fire
Tips/Nibs Replaceable: Yes
Size: 5.8 x 4 x 0.3 inches
Weight: 0.6 ounces

What others are saying about these stylus pens:

  • The Best Stylus Ever
  • Great contact and writing on iPad
  • This stylus is WONDERFUL. It’s thicker and more solid than those tiny/thin stylus you see in the store

3. Stylus Pens – 2 in 1 Touch Screen & Writing Pen, Sensitive Stylus Tip

Now you can get more bang for your buck with this 14 Pack stylus pens. The tips on these pens can be changed out so you can use it on paper, a tablet or your phone.

You can also click back and forth between the stylus pen or the ballpoint pen it comes with. With many different color options, you’re sure to always have your favorite color on hand.

4.7 out of 5 stars

Known to work with:  iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Samsung Galaxy & More
Tips/Nibs Replaceable: No
Size: 8 x 4.8 x 1 inches
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Any special software required: No

What others are saying about these stylus pens:

  • You just can’t go wrong with these…
  • Helps eliminate misspelled words
  • No need to look for a pen when using the stylus

4. 3pcs Stylus Pen 5.5″ with Replaceable Thin-Tip – Universal Capacitive High Precision Styli + Replacement Tips, Elastic Lanyards + Cleaning Cloth

Did you just read that title for this pen? I mean look at all the EXTRAS you get with this 3 pack bundle. 3 extra tips, a lanyard plus a cleaning cloth. These pens come with a Lifetime Warranty from The Friendly Swede Company and is a must for your device arsenal.

4.6 out of 5 stars

Known to work with:  iPod, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, and Kindle Fire. Is compatible with all capacitive touchscreen devices. 
Tips/Nibs Replaceable: Yes
Size: 7.9 x 3.9 x 0.4 inches
Weight: 1.6 ounces
Any special software required: No

What others are saying about these stylus pens:

  • Perfect “weight” for my preference. Tethered, so no more lost styluses in my couch!
  • Vibrant colors with options to customize the tips to your liking!
  • I love them! I like the fact that there is the cord that I can attach to things so I don’t lose them!

As I mentioned before there are so many different styles to choose from. Remember to read the questions people ask on each of these listings as well as the reviews before you purchase. The above stylus pens are recommended by those seniors or loved ones who bought these for their loved ones and have had wonderful testimonies of using them.

Do you have a Stylus Pen that you use that wasn’t listed? If so, let me know in the comments below what you’re using and I can add it to this list.

Remember, we’re all learning together!

Ya’ll Be Blessed,

Audrey

Best Large Print Keyboards for Seniors using PC’s

Best Large Print Keyboards for Seniors using PC’s

Best Large Print Keyboards for seniors that are visually impaired

Dad and I have been working on putting together some tips for our clients on how to have a successful training class. In the process, we realized that one of the most important tips we can give is the type of software and hardware we use for our Hands on Training classes.

As Dad was showing me the set-up of the training classroom they have at the Armed Forces Retirement Home I was blown away by the best large print keyboards they had set up. I have to admit, I’m just now at the age where I need reading glasses and the print on paper, my computer and smartphone are all needing to be a little bit larger. 🙂  

I asked Dad what were the comments and feedback he had received about these large print keyboards and he said the students LOVE THEM!

Take a look at how they have their training room set up and check out those these keyboards that are helping the residents that have low vision.

I love that they come in yellow and white!

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Dad and I went on a hunt for the best large print keyboards that are on the market and have listed them below.

These are based on the reviews and feedback that others have supplied as well as those that have used these computer keyboards pictured above.

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1. AbleNet Large Print USB Computer Keyboard for Visually Impaired Individuals 

4.2 out of 5 stars

This Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard was designed specifically for those with conditions that cause visual impairment or low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.

Plug and play for Windows 7, NT, 2000, XP and Vista and also works on Window 8.

Connects to your computer through a USB port and is 18 inches long, and about 7.5 inches front to back.

What others are saying about this keyboard:

  • Love this new keyboard. The letters are deep black and large. It has an easy touch and so easy to read back. Recommend this keyboard to everyone
  • It is very visible, compact enough to fit on my desk tray, but with keys that are big enough to make typing easy
  • My mom has macular degeneration and was very close to losing touch with family by giving up her daily emails to sisters and other families in other states. The keyboard enabled her to keep in touch with everyone each day.

2. New and Improved: EZSee by DC – Large Print Computer Keyboard USB Wired (Yellow Keys with Black Jumbo Oversized Print Letters)

4.2 out of 5 stars

The EZsee Large Print Keyboard has gone through some changes over the years and with this new and improved one, the ratings and reviews are much higher now.

Largest print on keycaps available in a full-size keyboard. Easily seen print, even in low light. # Recommended for the visually impaired. Additional keys (hotkeys) have been added to the keyboard to allow for easier access to commonly used commands, such as searching and accessing email and the Internet and energy saving commands: wake and sleep, when you need to leave your computer on, but won’t be using it.

These big, bold keys will have you using the computer, with more accurate keystrokes for a more enjoyable time

This is a USB Wired keyboard, and it does run on ALL Windows including Windows 10.
The Keyboard dimensions are: 17 x 6.5

What others are saying about this keyboard:

  • I have low vision and it was very hard for me to see my old keyboard this one works great for me. I would recommend it to anyone who has a vision problem
  • Finally a keyboard with keys I can read! Also, I like the feel of the keyboard and its ease of use.
  • My grandma has macular degeneration which leads to poor vision. This has helped her tremendously. She can enjoy the computer again

3. Nuklz N Large Print Computer Keyboard with White Keys & Black Letters for Visually Impaired

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Nuklz N Large Print Computer Keyboard is designed specifically for those with conditions that cause visual impairment or low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Instead of the yellow keys with black lettering, you have white keys with black lettering. With its sleek design and big, bold keys will have you using the computer, with more accurate keystrokes for a more enjoyable time

This is a USB Wired keyboard, and it does run on Windows 98 and higher as well as MacOS.

The Keyboard dimensions are: 18 x 1.5 x 7 in

What others are saying about this keyboard:

  • Visually impaired Mom LOVES this keyboard!
  • The right tools for people with disabilities can be life-changing!
  • Great for those with less than perfect eyesight

4. AbleNet Keys U See Print USB Wired Keyboard, Yellow Keys with Large Black Print Characters 

4.1 out of 5 stars

If the above white keyboard with black lettering does not work for you then you can choose this Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard that has the yellow keys with large black print letters on it. This keyboard was also designed specifically for those with conditions that cause visual impairment or low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.

This is a USB Wired keyboard, and it does run on ALL Windows including Windows 10.

The Keyboard dimensions are: 18.5″ x 7.5″ x 1″

What others are saying about this keyboard:

  • I purchased this keyboard for a family member who suffers from macular degeneration. It was quick and easy for him to install, and the black on yellow makes a big difference..
  • I have very poor vision and this keyboard is the greatest help I’ve ever had!
  • Works great for my mom who doesn’t see too well – lets her continue to be independent with her computer.

What about you? Is there a keyboard that has made a huge difference in your life or the life of a loved one that you’d like to share with us? We’d love to hear about it because we use these keyboards to bring our Hands on Training Classes to Seniors in different states and we’d love to suggest only the best keyboards to them.

Until next time…

Y’all Be Blessed,
Audrey

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