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The Best Tablet for Seniors May Not be What you Expected

Best Tablet for Seniors

What is the best tablet for seniors you ask?

Tablets for SeniorsThis question right here is probably one of the most asked questions when teaching our Social Media Courses and computer classes at Assisted Living Facilities. They always want to know what sort of tablet they should buy?

Now for me, I love my iPad and I’ve seen a lot of other Seniors using their iPads during training and they absolutely love them as well so I was suggesting they get the iPad. However, when I shared with my Dad what sort of tablet I was suggesting he told me I was wrong!! You can imagine that I was a little taken back by his statement but like any smart (favorite) daughter would do I asked him why he thought that?

His answer was BRILLIANT!!!

Napoleon's IdiotNow before I give you his answer I want to first let you know a little bit about my Dad.  Dad is 76 years old, he lives in a Retirement home in Gulfport, MS and has used our courses here at Social Media 4 Beginners to teach the residents how to use the Social Media sites like Facebook and Skype. He has also taught them how to use a computer, email for the first time, how the Internet works and how to get online.

The one thing though that Dad lacks is a tablet himself but he knows their frustrations and fears so his answer was on point and something I had never thought about before.

And the best tablet for a senior…

… the tablet that your family members or friends have of course! I know you were waiting for this big reveal but it truly is that simple and brilliant. Why is that? Because when you get stuck and don’t know what to do or where to go, you have people that know that tablet and get help you. If you get a tablet that your family or even friends are not familiar with, you’ll be stuck because they won’t be familiar with your tablet and can’t help. Whereas, if you have a tablet that your children, grandchildren, neighbor or friend have then when you have a question you’ll have more people you can go to that can help you figure things out.

Think about your smart phone if you have one

Choose tablet based on your mobile phoneAnother thing to keep in mind when buying a tablet is what kind of phone do you have?  Do you already have a smart phone that you’re familiar with? If so, you’ll probably want to stick with the same operating system (learn what an operating system is here) that you have. For instance, if you have an iPhone (iOS) that you are familiar with you wouldn’t want to buy an Android tablet because it has a completely different operating system. Then of course if you are familiar with the Android devices like the Samsung or Motorola you wouldn’t want to have to learn a new operating system by purchasing the iPad.

To avoid confusion and have your smart phone and tablet work in harmony I highly recommend you stick with the same operating system for both of them.

Trust me, it will save you from a lot of headaches, tears and frustrations.

Now that you are armed with this knowledge and wisdom you should have a better idea as to which tablet will be best for you or your loved one.  After researching quite a bit, Dad and I found what the most popular tablets are on the market today and we have listed them here for you to view. This list is not inclusive so if you have a tablet that you feel is just as popular as the rest let us know in the comments below. We will be adding tablets (and removing if need be) as the market shifts and new tablets come out.

Also, the list below is just meant to be a starting point for you, it’s not meant to be an exhaustive list of features and reviews.

Top 4 Most Popular Tablets on the Market (2016)

(Remember to read the reviews before you purchase any tablet for yourself or as a present for a senior)

1. Fire Tablets (Engineered by Amazon)

Fire

Display Size: 7-inch
Color: Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine
Memory: 8GB, 16GB (expandable by up to 200GB)
Operating System: Android

All-New: Fire HD 8 (#1 Release)

Amazon Fire Tablets

Amazon Fire Tablets

Display Size: 8-inch
Color: Black, Magenta, Blue, Tangerine
Memory: 16GB,  32GB (expandable by up to 200GB)
Operating System: Android

Fire HD 10

Display Size: 10.1-inch
Color: Black, White, Silver Aluminum
Memory: 16GB, 32GB & 64GB (expandable by up to 200GB)
Operating System: Android

2. Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (Make sure whichever one you purchase has a WARRANTY on it)

Samsung Galaxy Tab s2

Samsung Galaxy Tab s2

Display Size: 8.0-inch & 9.7-inch
Color: Black, White, Gold,
Memory: 3 GB RAM Memory with a 32 GB Flash Memory
Operating System: Android

Things you as a buyer need to know when buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab s2: When doing the research we ran across quite a few listings that said factory unlocked and what that means is that tablet is not locked down to any specific carrier like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobil or Verizon. So you should be able to purchase this tablet and use it on whatever phone carrier you’re with. However, please check with your carrier BEFORE you buy so that you’re not stuck with a tablet that you can’t use outside of your home.

Also, make sure that there is a warranty on your Samsung because some of the listings do not offer a warranty and a few people got the bad end of the stick.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (Make sure whichever one you purchase has a WARRANTY on it)

Display Size: 8.0-inch, 9.7-inch & 10.1-inch
Color: Black, White, Gold,
Memory: 3 GB – 32 GB Internal Memory with up to 128 GB micro SD

3. Apple iPads (iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini)

iPad Pro

Display Size: 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch
Color: Silver, Space Gray, Gold (Rose Gold is available on the 9.7-inch only)
Memory: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB
Operating System: iOS

iPad Air 2

Apple iPads (Pro, Air, Mini)

Apple iPads

Display Size: 9.7-inch
Color: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Memory: 16GB,  32GB & 128GB
Operating System: iOS

iPad Mini 4

Display Size: 7.9-inch
Color: Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Memory: 16GB, 32GB & 128GB
Operating System: iOS

iPad Mini 2

Display Size: 7.9-inch
Color: Silver, Space Gray
Memory: 16GB, 32GB
Operating System: iOS

 4. Asus ZenPad

Asus Zenpad s8

Asus Zenpad s8

Asus ZenPad S 8

Display Size: 8.0-inch
Color: Black, White
Memory: 32GB, 64GB (support up to 128GB SDHC)
Operating System: Android

Asus ZenPad 10

Display Size: 10.1-inch
Color: Dark Grey, Black, White, Midnight Blue
Memory: 16GB
Operating System: Android

There you have it!

That wraps up this post. I truly hope it helped you in deciding which tablet will be best for you or your loved one.

Is there a tablet you would recommend for seniors? If so please let us know in the comments below. We are all in this new technology together and if there is something out there that others can benefit from we want to share it.

Remember, we’re all learning together! 

Ya’ll Be Blessed,

Audrey

 

Audrey Ostoyic
Audrey Ostoyic
What can I say...I love to teach and watch the light bulbs go off when people finally "get it!" I enjoy reading, relaxing at the beach and spending time with my family and grand babies.

2 Comments

  1. Glen Goldsmith says:

    My wife and I actually did quite a bit of research and just got a great tablet for her parents. The tablet was designed just for seniors, primarily for them to be able to connect with their loved ones safely. The tablet, grandPad (www.grandpad.net) has changed their lives almost overnight. It is a remarkable service that comes with 24 hour support and is very simple to use. They don’t have to worry about passwords or many different fees from different providers. It’s a one stop package deal. The day their tablet arrived, my father-in-law was able to do a video chat with his son in Europe and it was the 1st time he had seen him “live” in over 4 years!

    • Audrey Ostoyic says:

      Hey there Glen,
      That is so cool that your father-in-law got to see his son after all that time. Gotta love technology! 🙂
      I have actually looked into the Grandpad and have been thinking about asking my Dad to do a review on it. He recently got the iPad and iPhone so I’m curious to hear what he thinks about it in comparison to these two devices.Thank you so much for commenting and suggesting it. We will definitely be looking into it more.
      Be Blessed,
      Audrey

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