Best Windows Tablets For Seniors

Tablets are being used by anyone and everyone regardless of age, technology experience or lifestyle. That said, if you are a senior or are looking to purchase a tablet for a senior, there are some features that you want to focus on – including a good, clear, and responsive screen that makes it easy to do everything that wants to be done on a tablet. Many seniors enjoy reading e-books, solving crossword puzzles, and catching up on TV and movies on tablets. Many seniors also enjoy being able to chat with grandkids using the software apps available on many of the tablets. Among the many tablets on the market, Windows Tablets are a great choice to consider.

For anyone who has used a computer that has the Windows operating system, these Windows tablets are easy to pick up and begin using without any kind of training. That is because they all have Windows 8 installed on them. Going into the apps are just like going into the software programs on a computer. The only difference that may take some getting used to is touching the screen instead of using a mouse and keyboard – though some of the tablets have the capability of adding a keyboard to turn it into a laptop, too.

Lenovo IdeaPad K3 Lynx

Model #: K3 Lynx

Screen size: 11.6 inches

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: 2MP front facing webcam

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: This folds up more like a computer than a tablet, which offers a keyboard. For seniors who don’t like the idea of typing on a screen, this is going to offer the ability to type and stay connected.

ASUS Vivotab

Model #:ME400C-C2-BK

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera

Battery life: 8.5 hours

Why it should be considered: This is a tablet that weighs just over 1 pound and has a lot of performance. Microsoft Office is included and two cameras make it easy to take pictures and chat with video apps like Skype.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Model #: 9UR-00001

Screen size: 10.6 inches

Memory: 4 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: Front and rear facing HD cameras

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: The tablet has a significant amount of RAM which offers a lot of performance when it comes to watching movies and shows. There’s also a stand to make it easy to watch movies without holding the tablet in your hands.

Pyle Astro

Model #: PTBL9C

Screen size: 9 inches

Memory: 512 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: 2MP rear facing and .3 MP front facing

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: With four processors and a graphic accelerator, the tablet is capable of anything, including watching movies, playing games, and Skyping. It’s also affordably priced.

Acer Iconia

Model #: W510-1837

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera

Battery life: 9 hours

Why it should be considered: There are many ways to use this tablet including on the go as well as snapping it into the keyboard dock to use it just like a traditional laptop. Both cameras have a high resolution for great photo and video taking functions.

Dell XPS 10

Model #: XPS10-2727BLK

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: front and rear facing HD cameras

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: This tablet allows you to dock to a mobile keyboard, enjoy Office Home and be able to enjoy audio-visual experiences to a higher level – including Skype, movies, and music.

HP Touchpad

Model #: FB356UT#ABA

Screen size: 9.7 inches

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: Front and rear facing cameras

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: This tablet allows you to work in a way that you are familiar with. Multitasking is easy and you can connect to the Internet quickly. The design is made to avoid complications.

Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Model #: XE500T1C-HA2US

Screen size: 11.6 inches

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: Integrated webcam

Battery life: 14.5 hours

Why it should be considered: This tablet is convertible into an ultrabook with a keyboard. It also has an extra-long battery life to make sure you have the ability to have entertainment wherever you go without finding a charger.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Model #: Galaxy Tab 3

Screen size: 7 inches

Memory: 1 GB RAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: 3 MP rear facing, 1.3 MP front facing

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: The tablet is easy to use and provides over $300 in free content. There’s the ability to use the tablet for photos, videos, music, and access a variety of unique apps for everything from playing games to chatting on video.

Dell Latitude

Model #: LAT10e-2633BK

Screen size: 10.1 inches

Memory: 2 GB SDRAM

Touchscreen: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Camera: Front and rear facing cameras

Battery life: 8 hours

Why it should be considered: This Dell tablet features a solid-state drive to offer a significant amount of performance. It’s a sturdy tablet to offer fun on the go and stay connected with anyone you want.


Choosing the Right Tablet

In the end, comparisons have to be made. With so many different manufacturers to choose from, it can be an overwhelming process to locate a tablet that is right for you or the senior you are buying for. Remember that it will all greatly depend upon what you will be doing on the tablet. You may want to focus on having a large screen to be able to see all of your favorite movies. Or you may want a tablet that is going to give you a really long battery life so you don’t have to worry about remembering to charge it each and every day.

  • Screensize – To make accurate comparisons and choose a tablet that you will enjoy, you will want to consider the screen size first and foremost. The screens can vary from 7 inches to 12 inches. 5 inches may not seem like a lot, but when you are talking about watching movies, surfing the Internet, and chatting with people, that 5 inches can make a dramatic difference. Figure out what size screen you feel the most comfortable with holding and then narrow down your options from there.
  • Camera – In addition to screen size, you will want to look at the cameras. Front facing cameras, also known as webcams, are designed for being able to take self-portraits and to be able to chat with people on programs like Skype. The rear-facing cameras are designed to take pictures of everything and everyone else in your life.
  • Cost – The tablet you buy can cost anywhere from $100 to $800. It doesn’t matter how much you spend as long as you are happy with the purchase. Look at what you are getting for the money and make sure it is providing you with everything you want. Even if you think there is a chance of you wanting a feature, it’s better to get a tablet that has more than what you plan on using rather than less. This will allow you to grow into the tablet and begin to take advantage of the other features as you grow more comfortable with it.

No matter what tablet you decide on, you will have access to a large library of apps – and many of these apps can be downloaded absolutely free. The apps will help you do even more with your tablet. You can download apps to play games, do work, stay connected with social media and even turn your tablet into such things as a telescope, a flashlight, an e-reader and much more.


What will you do with the tablet?

When you find the right tablet, you won’t need anything else. But before you commit to buying one, make sure you think about your interests and make sure the tablet you invest in has the features that you will be most happy with. For instance, if you enjoy taking photos or videos of nature, the grandkids, or anything else, look for one that has great camera and video quality and functionality; this way there’s no need to cart a camera, a video camera, and a tablet with you. Likewise if you are one to want access to the latest games and apps – find a tablet that has great internet connectivity and access to a app store that has what you need.

The Benefit of Windows 8…

Tablets featuring Windows 8 as the operating system have received high reviews by seniors because of the ease of access. If you know how to use a computer with Windows installed on it, there will be absolutely no learning curve. If it takes a while to adjust to new technology, there is nothing to worry about these simply because it is just like a computer – only smaller and more handheld.

Plenty of tablets are out there for seniors – you simply have to go through all of the options and make the best choice that fits your needs.

 

Best Samsung Tablets for Seniors

One of the things about getting older is that we become more and more reluctant to try out new technologies — particularly when those of former days hold special fond memories for us. But the elderly are increasingly taking to these things — and certainly tablet computers for many of them are preferable to desktop computers because of their lesser weight and because they take up less space. True, the size of the screen and type may be hard on the eyes of some old people, but that’s why they allow you to expand and zoom in. This article will describe a number of tablets that seniors might find particularly appealing. In the table given with each product, dimensions are given in inches, weight in pounds, screen resolution in pixels, battery life in hours and memory in gigabytes. Only the best customer reviews are given.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi)

Our first tablet features AllShare Play, which “melds digital content from different networked devices into one seamless flow” almost as if they were one device. Data can be uploaded and stored conveniently and securely, and stored later. Books and music can be read and listened to on Readers Hub and Music Hub respectively — and not just the latest either: As with any music Web service, you can listen to recordings that were made long before there was an Internet. This is a wonderful thing to know if you are elderly and longing for memories of bygone days.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600
  • average battery life: 8
  • internal memory: 8 (microSD expansion up to 32)
  • average customer rating: four and a half stars
  • customer reviews: “It’s fast, slick, has a great screen and even has Android 4.03 (Ice Cream Sandwich);” “went from an iPad 1 to Galaxy Tab 2 and love it”

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1-inch, white)

Since this version is larger than the one just discussed, it might provide less strain on the eyes for older adults who might have vision problems. It comes with two cameras — a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one and a 3-megapixel rear-facing one. There are many advantages being offered with it, too, including membership in Hulu Plus (where you can watch all kinds of movies and TV programs), Boingo wi-fi access and credit for Google Play — all for free.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • average battery life: 8
  • internal memory: 1 RAM, 16 flash
  • average customer rating: three and a half stars
  • customer reviews: “Great all around tablet… Videos play without delay and it makes a great business companion device;” ”So far so good”

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle: 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (White), Bluetooth Keyboard and Desktop Dock

Now here is a tablet that comes with a separate keyboard, which might be easier on the hands of an older user, since holding the device with one hand and tapping the virtual keypad with the index finger of the other might prove to be too strenuous.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • average battery life: n/a; takes lithium polymer battery
  • internal memory: 16
  • average customer rating: four stars
  • customer reviews: “So delighted with this… jewel of a tablet… The graphics are so clear;” “This is a very responsive tablet and very sensitive to the touch.”

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)

Another 10.1-inch tablet, the Note uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Its front and back cameras have 1.9 and 5 MP resolution respectively, and the tablet features the “unique” S-pen technology for creating graphics (I am sure some old people will get a thrill out of this!), editing photos and taking notes. But best of all is a feature called Cascade View, with which you can see and access as many as sixteen apps at a time — something not found in older versions, which are also not as fast or as smooth in their operations as the Note is.

  • screen size: 10.l
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • average battery life: n/a
  • internal memory: 2
  • average customer rating: four stars
  • customer reviews: There have been almost a thousand of these, of which some of the best are: “THE Tablet for Students, but Great for All;” “It does everything… Love this thing so far

 

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro XE700T1C-HA1US Tablet PC

The ATIV Smart, one of the most expensive products in the Samsung Galaxy line, is more like a smaller form of the laptop than a tablet — it comes equipped with a docking keyboard, plus a stylus and an AC adapter.

  • screen size: 11.6″ screen mode
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • average battery life: n/a
  • internal memory: 3 MB Standard Memory: 4 GB Maximum Memory
  • average customer rating: not yet rated. Has only been on the market for three months.
  • customer reviews: none

 

Samsung Series 7 XE700T1A-A03US 11.6″ Slate (128 GB, Win 7 HP)

Series 7 is of the same type of device as the one previously discussed; it also costs about the same. It “offers all of the features of a full-sized laptop in an extremely portable package, providing highly mobile users with the computing power they need for maximum productivity anywhere they go.” Users can run their favorite office software from this machine. A newer version of the same item, costing only in the $600 range, has come out, but it has been rated with only three and a half stars.

  • screen size: 11.6
  • maximum screen resolution: 1366 × 768
  • average battery life: 7
  • internal memory: 128
  • average customer rating: four and a half stars
  • customer reviews: “It has replaced both [my desktop PC and my iPad] quite well;” “It’s more than a tablet; it’s a full computer.”

 

Samsung XE700T1C-A03US 11.6 LED Tablet PC

The XE700T1C-A03US is a mere tablet computer — no physical keyboard here — but its price is in the same range as those of the products discussed in the two previous sections and is an option for those who want to try something newer to the market.

  • screen size: 11.6
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • average battery life: n/a. Uses lithium polymer battery.
  • internal memory: 4

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi) GT-P7510MAVXAB Tablet

The GT-P7510MAVXAB is one of the most powerful devices of its kind. With its dual-core processor, it can download at an amazing speed — the games graphics are much sharper, movies can be played faster and video chats are “crystal clear.” The body is light and sleek, the user has access to the more than 200,000 apps that make up the Android Market (which has been growing faster than any other app market), multitasking is made possible by a Quick App Tray and multiscreen scrolling, and a built-in GPS locater enables you to find where you are and get directions to any place. The cameras also deliver pictures that are exceptionally crisp and clear.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • average battery life: 14. This is significantly longer than those of most of the other tablets discussed in this article.
  • internal memory: 32
  • average customer rating: four stars
  • customer reviews: “My wife love it and very easy to carry and use. When you browsing online it’s very fast and the screen is big enough;” “Great for use around the house to view vids, streaming content and other uses that call for a larger screen.”

 

Samsung GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 (Plus) 16GB Tablet PC (White)

Our last tablet is one of the highest rated and looks to be overall one of the best performing of the serious of Samsung tablets. This means only positive things for seniors looking for a great, all-around high quality Samsung tablet, because there’s less chance of any problems and headache – the last thing you’re looking for when you’re in the market for a tablet.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • average battery life: n/a
  • internal memory: n/a
  • average customer rating: five stars
  • customer reviews: “Top of the line product;” “If you want full phone functionality in a Tablet, this is the way to go.”

Remember, too, that a time will come when the young tablet users of today are in their 70s and over. Technology will have evolved greatly by then.

 

Best Notebook Tablet For Seniors

Tablet computers might appeal to the elderly more than desktop PCs for a number of reasons. They are much smaller and lighter, and can be used while reclining on a sofa or in bed, rather than sitting up in a chair at a desk. The smaller size of the screen may be a handicap, but often it is more than compensated for by the high screen resolution; and besides, users can zoom in with their fingers. This article discusses ten tablets, from different lines, all of which have been rated with four or five stars. The heading of each section links to an image of the tablet under discussion.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung company has been making computers and other electronic devices since the late 1960s, and is even older than that, having been founded in 1938. The Galaxy Note is meant to help bring creativity and productivity to a maximum. One of its biggest innovations is the S Pen, which is a boon to seniors whose hands may be weakening. The screen is sensitive to pressure so the slightest touch is effective. Using the S Pen, the owner can make pictures and edit photos with great precision.

  • screen size: 10.1″
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • operating platform: Android Jelly Bean
  • internal memory: 32GB
  • average battery life:
  • average Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Another Samsung tablet, this second-generation Galaxy is designed to help the owner achieve “maximum usage” across all of its applications, which can be demanding. The Ice Cream Sandwich platform has introduced a new search experience with Google: You can notify everyone concerned if you will be late for a meeting, look at important emails and photos on Google+, and otherwise remain notified of things that of top priority to you.

The Galaxy’s video connection, called Media Hub, is no less attractive: Here you can buy over a thousand titles and download them without having to wait! You can also arrange the home screen so as to be able to access most easily the apps that you use the most. One drawback though: The SIM card is not included.

  • screen size: 7″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600 pixels
  • operating platform: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • internal memory: 8GB
  • average battery life: n/a
  • average Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

 

Apple iPad (First Generation) MC497LL/A

Our next tablet is from the first generation of the iPad. The built-in apps on the machine are arranged to work in any orientation so you can do things on it that are not possible on any other device. When the iPad was first introduced in 2010, it was a completely new kind of computer, with a highly responsive multi-touch screen and an extremely powerful chip designed by Apple itself. You can order it with a set of three styluses.

  • screen size: 9.7″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels (132 per inch)
  • operating platform: n/a
  • internal memory: 64
  • average battery life: 10 hours
  • average Amazon rating: 4 stars

 

Digital2

Thousands of apps are available on the Digital2, which is also one of the cheapest tablet devices on the market, with new ones selling for only $70! It uses Jelly Bean, which is the smoothest and fastest Android platform thus far. The orientation changes quickly, as does transition between apps. By activating the wi-fi sensor you can visit your favorite websites, access your email, download apps and do everything else that you do online! Another plus for the Digital2 is the screen, which offers the maximum viewing range possible on a device of its size. Viewing can be enhanced even more with the G Sensor, by which you can easily switch between portrait and landscape views. There are video-calling apps available for sharing photos.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 800 × 480
  • operating platform: Android Jelly Bean
  • internal memory:
  • average battery life:
  • average Amazon rating: 3.8 stars

 

Archos Elements 80 TITANIUM

It is quite appropriate that a tablet of as high quality as this should have a name that commemorates both all the elements and one that is preeminent among them (the metal is widely used in jet engines and missiles). Kindle, Facebook and other popular functions work very well on the computer, whose build quality is also excellent. Except for the camera and display, the TITANIUM is even better than the iPad Mini in all respects.

  • screen size: 8″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels
  • operating platform: Android Jelly Bean
  • internal memory: 8
  • average battery life: n/a
  • average Amazon rating: 4.1 stars

 

FORTRESS 7″ Google Android 4.0 Tablet

The FORTRESS tablet, a product of Google, is more “portable and cost effective” than those produced by other major brands. It is ideal for many of the things that people do online, including checking email, Skyping, Facebook and just plain “sofa surfing.” Apps also operate unusually fast on the FORTRESS. You can even store your data (email contacts, calendar, etc.) in the cloud so that the tablet will automatically make any updates that you perform on your laptop or smartphone.

  • screen size: 7″
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • operating platform: Android 4.0 Support HD Flash 11
  • internal memory: 4GB
  • average battery life: 8 hours for music, 5 for video
  • average Amazon rating: 4.2 stars

 

FastTouch 9″ Tablet PC by Google

FastTouch is a more-than-appropriate name for this device, which sports a five-points touch screen and on which it takes nothing more than a simple touch of the finger to edit running apps and games, go to your home page or control the volume, and where wi-fi can be accessed quickly. Other things that you can do is Skype with your family and friends, watch movies and play games. It is the “perfect size” and easy to use. Foreign language support is also available on the FastTouch.

  • screen size: 9
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • operating platform: Android 4.1
  • internal memory: 8GB
  • average battery life: n/a
  • average Amazon rating: 5 stars

 

Blackberry Playbook

This is a device of which I myself can give a first-hand review, since it is the kind that I bought for myself, after seeing its high rating in Customer Reports. It is a great device for knowing when you have emails because it rings a bell each time a new message arrives and continues to flash a red light until you answer it. Of course, you have to sync your email to the Playbook in order for this to be possible. You can also open and save word processing files, take and save photographs and download PDF files. The range of apps is more limited than for the iPad but includes games, art and even facial construction!

  • screen size: 7″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600 pixels
  • oeprating platform: BlackBerry
  • internal memory: 64
  • average battery life: 10
  • average Amazon rating: 4

 

Acer Iconia W700-6831

Unlike the other machines discussed here, the Acer Iconia comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that can be used to convert it into a full-sized PC. The viewing quality of the ten-point multi-touch screen is exceptionally brilliant, with viewing angles of up to 178°. The Iconia gives you instant access to your files, apps and other things so you can spend less time searching for them and more time working or playing with them, as the case might be. Even more attractive is that cloud storage comes fully integrated with the system, enabling you to access your word files, music, videos and photographs from wherever you may be!

  • screen size: 11.6″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1080 pixels
  • operating system:
  • internal memory: 64GB
  • average battery life: 9 hours
  • average Amazon rating: 4.1 stars

 

HP Slate 7

The HP Slate is one of the most beautiful tablets on the market. The batteries last long and the device can be held comfortably in one hand. It was made by Hewlett-Packard, the same company that has been producing printers and computer hardware since 1939.

  • screen size: 7″
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600 pixels
  • operating platform: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • internal memory: 16GB
  • average battery life: n/a
  • average Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Best Galaxy Tablets for Seniors

Technology is meant to be accessible to everybody, and this is certainly the case with tablet computers. While sometimes unfairly left out of the ever-evolving world of mobile technology, seniors can enjoy the many benefits associated with the use of sleek tablet computers as much as any other demographic of users. By and large, these devices are easy to carry and lighter than laptops. Samsung has been a leader in technology for more than 70 years and offers some cutting edge tablets that have many appealing features for senior users. Samsung Galaxy tablets come in various stylish designs in a variety of price ranges that seniors are sure to appreciate. Here are some of the best Galaxy tablets for seniors:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White)

• Display: 7 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS
• Power: 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
• Memory: 8 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal (included)
• Amazon list price: $199.99

This thin, lightweight Android tablet stores videos, photos, music and other files and features front and rear cameras. It also has an easy-to-use touch display that seniors will find convenient. It can be used to browse the Web with ease, capture and display photos and watch complete movies and TV shows. Navigation is simple with easy access to help features. Seniors will appreciate the versatility of this tablet along with the convenience of using it for browsing or viewing books, magazines and newspapers without worrying about lugging around heavy or bulky reading materials.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi)

• Display: 10.1 inches
• Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS
• Power: 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
• Memory: 16GB Internal Memory, microSD expansion up to 32GB
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal (included)
• Amazon list price: $329

Basic features include wireless N Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0,GPS, Smart Remote app and built-in IR Blaster to watch and control TV content and the ability to store videos, photos and more. Access to Google Maps allows for easy navigation. This tablet is designed to support multiple applications without impacting speed and overall operation. Progressive downloads and access to a library of literally thousands of videos, apps and other fun features provide plenty of content. Seniors will love the availability of content and the fact that it can be easily held in one hand so that the other hand can touch the screen to access various browsing and viewing choices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1-Inch, White)

• Display: 10.1 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
• Power: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 Processor
• Memory: 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal (included)
• Amazon list price: $379

This tablet allows videos, photos, music and other files to be easily stored without running out of storage space. Users also get access to free content through Google Play and Hulu. Front and rear cameras are included. Seniors looking for a larger display area will appreciate the 10-inch screen and the ability to view content via a standard TV screen. This tablet can easily be carried from place to place and is easy to use with convenient touch features. It has a similar interface found on other Samsung devices, making it easier to get used to for seniors already familiar with Samsung products. It can function as an e-reader or be used to view videos, movies and other streaming or downloaded content.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)

• Display: 10.1 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
• Power: Samsung Tablet 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
• Memory: 2 GB RAM Memory, 32GB On-Board Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal (included)
• Amazon list price: $499

Seniors will appreciate the unique S Pen technology that comes with this tablet. The “pen” that comes with this tablet makes it easy to take notes and literally use the device as an old school writing tablet with many convenient options and uses. The pen can also be used to click on menu items, browse the Internet and work through various images. Simply hoover the pen over an app to get a summary of its contents before clicking or downloading it. Front and back cameras and wireless connectivity are also included. Creative seniors can also use the pen for various tablet-based art projects.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle: 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (White), Bluetooth Keyboard and Desktop Dock

• Display: 10.1 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
• Power: Texas Instruments OMAP 4400 1.0 GHz Processor
• Memory: 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal
• Amazon list price: $349.99

Designed to fit in one hand, this tablet is easy to hold and operate. Rear and front cameras make photo capturing a breeze. Images can easily be organized with a few simple screen touches. This tablet also has wireless access and other typical features ranging from video playback to GPS for navigation and location services. A universal dock allows the device to be charged while still checking emails or browsing through digital photos. A sleek, wireless Bluetooth keyboard is included. AllShare Play makes it possible to bring in content from other devices with ease.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8-Inch, White)

• Display: 8 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
• Power: 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
• Memory: 16 GB Flash Memory, 1.5 GB RAM Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal
• Amazon list price: $299.99

This thin, lightweight tablet has a similar interface used by other Samsung Galaxy devices, which makes it easy to operate for seniors already familiar with the brand. There’s plenty of content to choose from, ranging from videos and movies to e-books and apps from Google Play. Samsung’s WatchON app makes it possible to share content between this tablet and a standard television. Performance is fast and there are front and rear cameras to make it relatively simple to capture pics or share video footage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, White)

• Display: 10.1 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
• Power: Samsung Tablet Processor 1.4 GHz
• Memory: 2 GB RAM Memory, 16GB On-Board Memory
• Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal
• Amazon list price: $449.99

This model also has a precision and pressure sensitive pen that can be used to take notes, make drawings, write on your saved photos and do lots of other fun things with the control of a pen. For further ease-of-use, content can be viewed in three modes: timeline view, grid view and spiral view. Pop Up Play is a unique feature that allows viewing windows to collapse into smaller versions so the user can browse and use other tablet features while watching video content. The easy touch screen abilities and availability of help features make it fairly simple for seniors to jump on board and get the most out of tablet technology.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi)

• Display: 7 inches
• Operating System: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
• Power: 1GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1GB RAM
• Memory: 8GB Internal Memory, microSD expansion up to 32GB
• Batteries: 1 Lithium-Ion
• Amazon list price: $169

Seniors new to tablet technology will appreciate this affordable Samsung Galaxy tablet. Like the other models, it’s lightweight and has a bright, vibrant touch screen. Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity allows for convenient hands-free use of the device. It’s easy to connect to friends and family already using similar devices to share messages, photos and other digital data.

 

Best ASUS Tablets for Seniors

The fifteen tablet computers discussed in the sections below were all selected specifically for their appeal to seniors. Their light weight makes it easier for aging, weakening hands to hold them, and their screen size and other factors makes them more viewable for eyes that are beginning to fail. They are all of the ASUS line, which has done a great deal to make its tablets comfortable in the hands and easy on the eyes; some have resolutions of over a million pixels on a small screen! A link to an image of each has been included in its section. All items discussed here have ratings of four to five stars. The links provided are to a device of a specific color, but other options are also available with all of them.

ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V-A1-GR

Our first tablet, which uses the Jelly Bean platform, is a wonderful way of getting entertainment while “on the go” or simply in a compact, easy way that is ideal for senior lifestyles. It is light and can be held snugly in the hand and used for controlling YouTube videos on the TV, record videos via the HD camera, paint and write with MyPainter and SuperNote Lite, and even store files in the cloud, where they can be viewed edited.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1024 × 600
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 7
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Transformer TF300 T-B1-BL

This tablet from the Transformer sub-line uses a new technology called In-Plain Switching, which admits more light through the panel to allow better viewing at all angles. For seniors who are using it to view videos and to chat with family, this feature is great. Reports say there is sometimes “light bleed,” or a slight glow around the corners, occurs, but it is normal.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 15
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS MeMOPad HD

Here is an ASUS tablet with a brilliant high-definition display on which the colors look more vivid, the text sharper and the sound quality better than on other ASUS products, which is great for older adults who have slight troubles with vision and hearing. But even while the sound quality is great, when you don’t want to run any audio apps, this tablet can be quiet as a whisper. The camera and the video recorder are also designed to capture as much detail as possible.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1200 × 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS MeMO Pad Smart ME301T-A1-BL

This line of the ASUS gives visual acuity unrivaled by any other device of its type. The True Vivid technology used in making the IPS screen allows for wide-angle viewing and apps open faster, which seniors will really appreciate in a tablet device. Games have also been made more responsive.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 x 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 8½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 has a stunning display that brings videos, apps, games and other things to life and makes it especially enjoyable to use for senior tablet users who want something visually crisp and clear. Its hardware is among the most durable for an ASUS computer and it comes with all of the user’s favorite Google apps. Everything on the tablet can be synced to a smartphone and a desktop PC, which more tech-savvy seniors would appreciate.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 9½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF300T-B2-BL

This tablet, which uses the Ice Cream Sandwich platform, comes with a separate keyboard, which can be attached, making it into a laptop; or it can be detached and the device used as a tablet. This certainly gives a new meaning to the phrase “have the best of both worlds!”, which is a bonus for seniors who want more than just any old tablet. Like one of the other devices we have covered, the TF300T-B2-BL uses IPS technology.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF700T-B1-GR

This tablet is reported to have a noticeably faster response than some other similar tablets, so it is particular ideal for seniors who are interested in super easy to use, fast tablet functionality.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 1 GB RAM
  • average battery life:
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS ME301T-A1-WH 10.1-Inch

The “Smart” tablets of the ASUS line use the Jelly Bean platform. It is one of the most popular tablets to use because of its long battery life, low weight, game responsiveness and generally high productivity. These features are ideal for seniors because of it’s lights weight, ease of use, and overall durability. It comes in three colors, which is an extra bonus for seniors who are interested in choosing their own color.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 8½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

Google Nexus 7 FHD Tablet by ASUS

The Google Nexus, also produced by ASUS, has “the sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever:” The text here is even sharper than it is on the printed page! This is definitely a great benefit for seniors, regardless of whether they have any vision complications. It is lighter than previous models and lasts longer. You also get access to Google, YouTube, Chrome, Google Now, Hangouts and various popular Google apps.

  • screen size: 7
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1200
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 9
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF700T-C1-GR

The ASUS TF700T-C1-GR is yet another tablet equipped with IPS technology. The screen resolution is so great that viewing both pictures and videos is a pleasant experience. Wifi and GPS reception both remain strong to a distance of up to 50 feet from the router.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1920 × 1200
  • internal memory: 64
  • average battery life: 9½
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS TF300T-A1-CG

The TF300T-A1-CG is another device that can be either a laptop or a tablet. Its audio quality is difficult to beat, making the tablet an “ ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform.”

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life: 10 (extended to 15 when in laptop mode)
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.5

 

Asus TF600T-B1-BUNDLE Tablet

Only one Asus TF600T-B1-BUNDLE Tablet is currently in stock, though more will be coming soon. Your experience with multitasking, thanks to an 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, should be the best that you have ever had. It has Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to share files remotely, and is very pleasant to carry around.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: n/a
  • Amazon customer rating: 3.8

 

ASUS TF300 B1-WH

This tablet uses the Ice Cream Sandwich platform. It, too, can be made to serve as both a tablet and a laptop computer. WXGA IPS capacitive pressure-sensing multi touch display makes its HD entertainment highly brilliant and navigation through its various programs intuitive. Thanks also to its NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core processor, the browsing process is up to four times as fast as it is on previous models. Mobile surfing and gaming are made easier by ASUS SonicMaster technology and you can download over 500,000 Android apps.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: 1280 × 800
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: 10
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.2

 

ASUS TF700T-B1-CG

The TF700T-B1-CG, an IPS-empowered tablet, is one whose display is “nothing short of beautiful.” Speed is extremely fast, so for those who wish to be able to save files to the removable SD card, this is the perfect device. Settings can easily be adjusted to suit the unique needs of the owner.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution: n/a
  • internal memory: 32
  • average battery life: n/a
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

ASUS Transformer TF101-A1

A docking station, which shifts the tablet into PC mode and brings a QWERTY keyboard into oepration, is sold separately for this tablet device, whose glass is durable and resistant to scratching. It has a custom user interface with which the user can quickly access many features of the Honeycomb operating system. Mobile gaming and browsing are both excellent experiences and photographs taken on the front- and rear-facing cameras can be played back in video mode by using a mini HDMI output port. The Transformer TF101-A1 has received four awards from the leading computer magazines, including “…the best Android slate we’ve seen” from Computer Shopper and “…the Honeycomb tablet to get” from Anandtech.

  • screen size: 10.1
  • maximum screen resolution:
  • internal memory: 16
  • average battery life:
  • Amazon customer rating: 4

 

Best Android Tablets For Seniors

Seniors appreciate having technology at their fingertips, too – which is why it’s important to know about all of the best Android tablets on the market. Android has been consistently one of the top-rated operating systems because it is easy to use. While there are various versions on the market, each offer the ability to play games, read books, and do a wide range of other things. Plus, when there is an Internet connection on the tablet, you will have access to the Google PlayStore, which means you can download an array of apps – many of them at no cost to you.

There are many different tablets to choose from. Whether you’re the senior or you are buying for a senior, the variety of tablets allow you to choose one that not only fits your price range but allows you to choose a tablet that will let you do everything you want to on the tablet. For example, you may want a tablet for:

– Video chatting

– Checking email

– Online shopping

– Photo and music sharing

– Watching TV shows and movies

– Playing games

– Reading books and magazines

It doesn’t matter what you want to use the tablet for. What matters is that you choose the right one. View the 15 best Android tablets for seniors, seen below.

The Top Android Tablets for Seniors

Noria Slim Model CI55000236

Operating system: Android

Screen Size: 8 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This is a slim tablet that makes it easy to take wherever you go. It has a great looking screen, a lot of high performance features and an integrated webcam.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB RAM

Why it should be considered: The Galaxy Tab 3 can be a tablet or it can be a computer – all you have to do is dock it with a part sold separately – and you have a keyboard to use as well. The touchscreen responds easily, allowing you to touch as you go to navigate through the tablet.

Alldaymall Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an affordable tablet pre-loaded with a lot of features. Enjoy graphics like you’ve never seen before on a small screen.

SVP 9” Android 4.0 Capacitive Touchscreen Tablet

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 9 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is one of the larger tablets at a low price. You can use it for YouTube, Skype, and any other app that you want to download from the PlayStore.

KingPad Tablet R7X

Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 Inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This touchscreen allows you to pinch and zoom and do much more. The higher
version of the operating system makes it easy to use and gives you a few more controls than earlier versions.

Toshiba Thrive Model PAD101F7IN

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This tablet has a 5 MP rear-facing camera and weighs less than a pound. It’s easy to carry around with you and it can be your tablet, your PC, and your digital camera – all in one!

ARCHOS 101 Internet Tablet

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Wireless-N

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 10 hours

RAM: 8 GB

Why it should be considered: This tablet is lightweight at about 1 pound and has a serious amount of battery life. It’s also got a great screen that makes it easy to watch movies, play games and search the Internet.

Dragon Touch Model MID7134B

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an affordable tablet that allows you to do a lot. You can Skype, surf the Internet, turn it into an e-reader and much more.

Chromo White Model CHR-2419

Operating system: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 2-3 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is a sharp looking tablet with a capacitive screen that allows you to enjoy multimedia in an entertaining way. It has built-in speakers, a built-in microphone and everything you need to record video and take part in video chats.

7” Tab Nero x2 Multi-Touch Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.1

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 2-4 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This multi-touch tablet is compact. One of the smaller tablets, it allows you to watch movies, play games, and download as many apps as you want. It’s not a lengthy battery, but it is an affordable tablet.

7” Matricom .TAB Nero Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 4.0

Screen Size: 7 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 3+ hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is an easy to carry tablet so you can take it anywhere you want to stay connected. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you have access to the Internet and the app store.

Coby 7” Android Internet Tablet

Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Screen Size: 7 inches (also available in 8 inches and 10.1 inches)

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 6 hours

RAM: 1 GB

Why it should be considered: This Android tablet gives you the Internet in an easy to carry tablet. The 7 inch screen is ideal for reading books, watching movies, and sending emails to those you want to connect with.

Digital Reins 9” Tablet PC

Operating system: Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Screen Size: 9 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 6-8 hours

RAM: 512 MB

Why it should be considered: This is one of the most affordable tablets on the market. It gives you 8 GB of memory to store music and photos and it’s got an expansion slot, so you can add more storage when you need it.

Polaroid Internet Tablet Model #PMID 1000B

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

RAM: 8 GB

Why it should be considered: Polaroid doesn’t produce many tablets, but among it’s limited offerings it has this tablet that features a state of the art camera for those who specifically like to take photos, videos, and take part in video chat. The 8 GB ram makes sure the tablet runs smoothly, even with multiple apps going.

Contixo Tablet PC MODEL # LR102

Product Specs:

Operating System: Android

Screen Size: 10.1 inches

Wi-Fi: Yes

Touchscreen: Yes

Battery size: 10 hours

RAM: 500 MB

Why it should be considered: This dual core tablet gives you a lot of options in terms of performance. There’s also a front and rear facing camera for taking pictures and chatting on the web.

Selecting Your Tablet

Everyone wants a tablet for a different reason. When you have decided it’s time for a tablet, there are many Android tablets for seniors for you to choose from. Many brands have a variety of models to choose from, so it comes down to reading the features that each has to offer as well as reading the reviews left by those who have already bought one of the tablets you are looking at.

The screen sizes range from 7 inches to 10 inches and more, so when you look at the tablets, figure out what size you want to stare at. Larger screens make it easier to watch movies, but they aren’t always the easiest to tote around. You will need to weigh the pros and cons that each tablet has to offer in order to find one that meets your needs.

Budget-Friendly

Many of the newer tablets on the market are budget-friendly. While you can find tablets that are several hundred dollars, you probably don’t need them because you aren’t playing high-definition games on them and you aren’t storing a significant amount of data. While you may want some storage for photos of the family and some of your favorite songs, you don’t have the storage needs that a high school student or a corporate executive has – which allows you to save money on your tablet.

Plenty of Android tablets are senior-friendly, so it’s a matter of comparing the different models and finding one that works for you.

 

Android Tablets vs. iOS Tablets for Seniors

Seniors looking for a good tablet computer have plenty of choices when it comes to both versatility and affordability. When it comes to operating systems, the basic choices are Android-supported tablets and tablets supported with Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS. Tablets in each category have different advantages and disadvantages based on personal needs and factors such as convenience, compatibility and price. Here’s a look at Android and iOS tablets that may be best for senior users:

Android Tablets

1. Alldaymall(TM) 7-inch Capacitive Touch Screen Android 4.0 Tablet PC with Allwinner A13 1.0GHz 512MB/4GB WiFi Front-camera (Black)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.0 Allwinner A13 7″ Tablet PC (Android 4.0)
• Storage: 1.0Ghz 512MB, 4GB Storage (2.5GB free)
• Screen: 5 point capacitive touchscreen
• Weight: 9.6 ounces
• Amazon Price: $58.99 (new)

Easy wireless connectivity and a front-facing camera are just a few of the perk seniors can expect from this affordable tablet computer. There are some reported issues with the graphics and overall durability that cause issues with playing games or downloading large video files. However, seniors just looking for a tablet for occasional use should find this affordable model useful.

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-Inch, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
• Storage: 8 GB flash memory, 1 GB RAM memory
• Screen: 7-inch display with a 1024×600 resolution
• Weight: 1.4 pounds
• Amazon Price: $199.99 (new)

Preloaded content makes it easy for seniors to explore everything from Hulu to the Google Play store where various apps and books can be purchased to enhance the tablet experience. A clear display screen is ideal for viewing books, movies, videos and other content. Additional memory can be added as needed with a microSD card which is sold separately. Sync features make it easy to share content via various social sites and other Android devices.

3. 9-inch Android, Google Play Store, Dual Camera, 8GB Internal Memory, Capacitive Touchscreen Tablet

• Operating System/Processor: A13, 1.3GHz (Android 4.0)
• Storage: 8GB Nand flash; external memory supports up to 1 x 32GB MicroSD card
• Screen: 9-inch capacitive multi touch screen 16:9 TFT 800×480 with G-Sensor
• Weight: Approx. 2 pounds
• Amazon Price: $77.99 (new)

A decent display area makes viewing easy for seniors. Content can be streamed from sites such as Netflix and Amazon and Android apps can be added to further personalize this tablet. A dual camera and a decent amount of storage space make storing and sharing content fairly simple. While there are some reported issues with the device holding its charge, it appears to work well for the average tablet user.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, WiFi)

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.1 OS; 1GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1GB RAM
• Storage: 8GB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 32GB
• Screen: 7-inch touchscreen
• Weight: 2.0 ounces
• Amazon Price: $169 (new)

With about 8 hours of battery life, this tablet is good for seniors on the go. A vibrant, responsive touchscreen makes browsing simple. Any standard Bluetooth keyboard can be connected to this tablet. A Smart Remote app feature and a built-in IR Blaster allow TV content to be viewed and easily controlled. Designed to fit into one hand, seniors are free to type with greater dexterity and control. Aside from limited app support, there are no major issues reported with this device.

5. Chromo Inc. White 4gb 7″ Android 4.2 Jellybean Touch Capacitive Screen 1.2ghz 512 RAM Mid Tablet Pc Wifi 3g Camera Tr-a13

• Operating System/Processor: Android 4.2
• Storage: 512 MB RAM /NandFlash 4GB
• Screen: 7-inch LED panel touch
• Weight: 9.8 ounces
• Amazon Price: $60.99 (new)

This tablet supports all Android apps and has a responsive touchscreen for easier browsing and navigation. Seniors can use it to check email, simultaneously add a new post to various social sites or view a wide selection of reading materials. There are some reported issues with the battery charger, otherwise this is a good tablet for the average user.

6. Digital Reins 9″ Inch Tablet PC Google Android 4.0 Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen 8GB 512DDR3 Dual Camera A13 1.5GHz Supports Skype Video Chatting, YouTube, Google Play, Netflix

• Operating System/Processor: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
• Storage: 8GB expandable up to 32GB
• Screen: 9-inch touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution
• Weight: 1.9 pounds
• Amazon Price: $95.39 (new)

A special feature of this tablet allows senior users to simply move an icon with their finger to a convenient location or create shortcuts to get back to the home screen. A built-in microphone and on-device cameras provide great audio while allowing users to take quick pics and either save them to the tablet or send them to friends and family. While there are some reported issues with playing Facebook games, it’s good for basic tablet usage.

iOS (Apple) Tablets

1. Apple iPad 2 MC769LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi, Black) 2nd Generation

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4, Apple A5 1 GHz
• Storage: 16 GB integrated
• Screen: 9.7″ IPS TFT , LED backlight and multi-touch screen
• Weight: 1.3 pounds
• Amazon Price: $412.94 (new)

With approximately 10 hours of battery life, seniors will have plenty of time to browse, check email, view content, watch videos, capture and send photos and accomplish many other tasks on the go. A thin design makes this tablet easier to grasp with feeling like it could slip out of your hands. Smart Covers protect the device while adding a stylish touch seniors are sure to love. Aside from there being no dedicated SD card slot, there are no major issues with this device.

2. Apple iPad (first generation) MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4
• Storage: 16GB flash drive with 1Ghz Apple A4 custom-designed system on a chip
• Screen: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen touchscreen
• Weight: 1.5 pounds
• Amazon Price: $342.99 (new)

A lithium polymer battery provides about 10 hours of battery life for seniors on the go. A fast, responsive screen makes opening apps and jumping from one function to the next a breeze. By opting for the first generation, you don’t get cameras. Other than that, this is a good tablet for seniors new to the iPad experience.

3. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, WiFi, Black)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core graphics
• Storage: 1 GB SIMM; 16 GB ssd
• Screen: 9.7 retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution
• Weight: 1.44 pounds
• Amazon Price: $489.99 (new)

The retina display provides sharp, bright viewing of all content. This is especially appealing when viewing videos, movies or reading various publications. Convenient navigation features allow seniors to easily check email, browse various websites, send and receive photos, play back content and add a wide selection of Apple apps.

4. Apple iPad 2 MC979LL/A Tablet (16GB, WiFi, White) 2nd Generation (MC989LL/A)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 4; 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom processor
• Storage: 0.512 GB DDR2; 1066 MHz memory speed
• Screen: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen with multi-touch display
• Weight: 1.3 pounds
• Amazon Price: $409.99 (new)

This durable tablet is thin and easy to handle. The screen is bright and the touchscreen is responsive. The glass is lighter than the glass in the original iPad, which means the device isn’t as heavy. However, caution should be taken when using the device. Increased storage means that multitasking, from running multiple programs to managing multiple downloads, can be accomplished without unnecessary delays.

5. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD513LL/A (16GB, WiFi, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core graphics
• Storage: 1 GB DDR2 RAM; 16 GB hard drive
• Screen: 9.7 retina display; 2048 x 1536 resolution
• Weight: 1.44 pounds
• Amazon Price: $483.50 (new)

The vibrant retina display makes it easy for seniors to view weather, news, sports, real-time traffic and other information, even when viewing the device with the glare of the sun. Seniors not wanting to be tied down to a traditional PC will appreciate the versatility of this device. Apple tech support is excellent for addressing any performance or usage issues. There are no major issues reported with this tablet.

6. Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, WiFi, White)

• Operating System/Processor: Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 chip
• Storage: 1 GB RAM; 16 GB ssd hard drive
• Screen: 7.9-inch LED-backlit multi-touch display; 1024-by-768 resolution
• Weight: 0.68 pounds
• Amazon Price: $338.99 (new)

This sleek, glossy lightweight mini version of Apple’s iPad can be carried in a pocket or purse with ease. The screen is bright with a good resolution for easy viewing. Two built-in cameras capture clear photos. Seniors can surf the Web with Safari, check emails and do all the tasks normally performed on a traditional PC without being bound to a physical location. Seniors who don’t feel comfortable carrying around a full-size tablet should appreciate this version. Approximately 10 hours of battery life further enhance the experience of using this device. Aside from minor issues buffering larger video files, there are no major issues with this mini iPad.

 

Conclusion 

The choice between an Android Tablet and an iOS Tablet can be a tough one for anyone, and especially for some seniors who might have very specific needs in a mobile device and who might have a different style of technology use than other Tablet users. Both brands of tablets are of truly great quality, but with a quick look through the main differences and specifications among the tablets, the choice is hopefully much easier to make.

Choosing a Kindle Fire for the Senior in your Life

Reading is a favorite pastime for many people, especially adults and seniors who might happen to have extra time to travel and relax after retirement. But regardless of age, most people appreciate technology that makes doing something you enjoy doing a little more convenient to do. One such innovation is the e-reader. These devices allow easy access to various books without the inconvenience of lugging around heavy books or worrying about leaving your favorite book behind. Kindle Fire is one of the leading e-readers on the market today. Seniors have the option of enlarging the text for easier reading and uploading multiple books for plenty of casual reading choices. Here are some of the best Kindle Fire models the senior in your life is sure to appreciate:

1. Kindle Fire (7-inch LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers by Kindle)

• Display: 7-inch LCD display
• On-device Storage: 8 GB plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
• Battery Life: Up to 9 hours with continuous use
• Amazon Price: $159 (new)

This e-reader and tablet is 40% faster than the original Kindle. It also boasts twice the memory and battery life, which makes it convenient to take out for the day without worrying about being cut off in the middle of your favorite read. Seniors will appreciate the selection of books, which include a selection of more than 23 million books, magazines, newspapers and other reading materials. For seniors looking to keep their grand kids entertained while out for the day with their Kindle Fire in tow, the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited option features content just for kids.

Pros: User friendly, easy to add content and download apps, excellent sound
Cons: Some reports of storage issues, does not support flash like the first gen. reader

2. Kindle Fire, Full Color (7-inch Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi by Amazon)

• Display: Full color 7-inch display
• On-device Storage: 8GB internal; approximately 6GB available for user content
• Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading; 7.5 hours when using other functions
• Amazon Price: $73.30 (new)

This is the original first generation Kindle. While there is a newer model available, the first generation Kindle is an affordable option for the senior in your life new to e-readers and interested more in reading a good book rather than the full function of a tablet computer. Seniors will appreciate the vibrate full-color display and the extra-wide viewing angle. Amazon also allows Kindle owners to “borrow books” for free with no due dates with an Amazon Prime membership.

Pros: Easy to use with convenient help features; good battery life
Cons: Some issues reported with the battery with long-term use; some charging issues

3. Kindle Fire (HD 7-inch, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB with Special Offers by Kindle)

• Display: Full color 7-inch display
• On-device Storage: 16 GB internal storage
• Battery Life: Approx. 11 hours for reading, browsing and other uses
• Amazon Price: $199 (new)

Anti-glare technology and excellent clarity mean easy viewing for senior users. Tech-savvy seniors will enjoy the integrated support for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and the free, unlimited cloud storage of Amazon content. A front-facing HD camera allows the senior in your life to take photos when not engrossed in a good book. USB ports allow the device to be attached to a PC to upload additional content. This works well for seniors who prefer to use a PC to search for content rather than doing everything from a single device. Seniors can easily add either Amazon content or content from other sources already downloaded on their PC.

Pros: Downloads are 35% faster, good audio, lightweight, excellent picture quality, good sound quality, convenient ports
Cons: Some reported battery issues, some issues with the device crashing when downloading apps

4. Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ Tablet

• Display: 8.9-inch high resolution full color display
• On-device Storage: 16 GB overall storage (12.7GB available to user); free cloud storage
• Battery Life: Approximately 10 hours (depending on usage)
• Amazon Price: $269 (new)

The senior in your life will enjoy viewing their favorite books, newspapers and magazines in stunning high-resolution color. Seniors who want a larger viewing screen will appreciate a nearly 9-inch display screen with wide angle viewing. Amazon Prime members can borrow selections from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. The unique Amazon X-ray feature allows you to simply tap on the screen while reading a book to discover more books you may wish to read. The feature also works for movies you watch on the device by allowing you to jump to other movies with your favorite stars. Seniors can also check email or let their grand kids play fun, family-friendly games. The integrated magnetic clasp keeps the device closed when it’s stored in a purse or other carrying bag.

Pros: Larger screen with excellent resolution, quick charge time (under 5 hours), convenient ports
Cons: Some users report issues with pre-loaded apps, some issues with storage space

 

The Kindle line of products has really set itself apart from other brands of tablets for being the best e-reader, and with the Kindle Fire models it has really spread its wings to offer even more options and features that Kindle lovers will appreciate. For seniors who are in the market to find a great e-reader that has the functions of other tablets on the market, these devices are sure to impress.

The Best Laptops for Seniors in 2015 – 2016 – The Top Laptops for the Elderly

The best part of being retired is that you get to travel more. You can visit family, see places you always dreamed of visiting, or just travel and meet new people. But you still want to be able to keep in touch with family and friends. You also want to be able to share all the photos and videos you take while on the road.

Laptops offer the ability to stay in touch through email, video chat and social media. They offer more power and speed than tablets but offer the portability that desktops lack. Many of them also have 3D or HD capability that allows you to watch home movies, television shows and cinematic events in style.

Top 10 Laptops for Seniors

1. Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 17.3-Inch 3D Laptop (Black Widow Styling in Diamond-Textured Aluminum)

This laptop is ideal for seniors who like to create videos of their grandkids or maybe watch 3D movies while traveling. This laptop has a hybrid drive, which offers the best of both the solid and conventional hard drive. It is also durable and protects the hard drive when it senses sudden movement—so accidental drops won’t be catastrophic. This model isn’t yet scored at GDGT, but one critic awards it a rating of 7.0. Pricing starts at $1,789.

Pros

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 17.3 in screen

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi  helps to connect to existing networks

  • Blu-ray

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 graphics coprocessor for the ultimate visual experience

Cons

  • It is heavier, 7.5 pounds

  • The price tag may be steep for some

  • With all that it can do, the battery life is short

2. ASUS G750JW-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who are looking for good sound, excellent graphics and speed will find it with the Asus G750JW. With the large screen, this is another laptop that people can use to watch television and movies while they are traveling, view videos of their grandchildren and more. And with the Ethernet connection, this unit offers the fastest Internet speed currently available for keeping in touch through video chat and social networking. It’s not yet rated at GDGT, but one critic awards it a perfect 10 and one user a 9.0. Pricing starts at $1,399.

Pros

  • 17.3 inch screen

  • Nvidia GTX755M Graphics card for great viewing

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Dual fans keeps unit cool

  • Enhanced Audio

  • 802.11ac wireless, Gigabit Ethernet controller and Bluetooth 4.0

Cons

  • 9.9 pounds

  • 3.5 hours battery life

  • A lot of machine for those who like to keep technology simple

3. Apple MacBook Air MD761LL/A 

 

Some seniors prefer Apples to PCs. Among laptops, the MacBook Air is an elite machine. It powers up almost instantaneously for inpatient seniors, has 12 hours of battery life for extended use and weighs just one pound.  According to GDGT, the MacBook Air is highly rated by both critics and users. GDGT awards it a near-perfect score of 95. Pricing for the Air starts at $1,234.99.

Pros

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 256 GB hard drive

  • Intel HD Graphics

  • MAC OS X Mountain Lion operating system

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi for fast wireless

  • Thunderbolt technology for fast transfer with peripherals

Cons

  • Many find the Apple price tag too high for a computing system

  • If a user is used to Windows operating systems, the learning curve can be steep

  • All other devices such as desktops, smart phones and tablets have to be able to interact with the Mac

4. Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 

 

The difference between the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air is that the Air goes for speed and less weight, while the Pro goes for computing power. The Pro offers better graphics, faster data transfers, and improved processing and memory speeds than its predecessors. For seniors who want to send and receive rich images and have better functionality with apps like Skype, the MacBook Pro won’t disappoint. GDGT reviews also rate this MacBook product highly and gave it a score of 90. Pricing starts at $1,049.

 

Pros

  • OS X Mountian Lion operating system

  • 13.3″ screen

  • 4.5 pounds

  • 7 hours battery life

  • Built-in HD Camera

  • HD Graphics

  • Thunderbolt Port

Cons

  • The Apple vs PC debate leaves many confused on benefits of Apples

  • Cost is prohibitive to many

  • Powerful computer but may be intimidating to some

5. Acer Aspire V3-571G-9686 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

Seniors who have trouble carrying heavier gadgets may want to take a look at the Acer Aspire. The 15.6″ screen still makes it a good choice for video viewing, but it is only one inch thin and weighs just 5.7 pounds. This is extremely light for a laptop of this size, but it doesn’t sacrifice performances. GDGT offers a favorable rating for this one, giving it a score of 81. Pricing starts at $988.

Pros

  • 15.6 inch screen and NVDIA GeForce GT 640m Graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3rd Generation Intel Core Processor

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • 802.11/b/g/n Wireless

Cons

  • 4.5 hours battery life

  • Windows 8 can be difficult to learn for seniors used to older OSs

  • 5.7 pounds is light for the size but some seniors may find it difficult

6. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 13.3-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook 

 

For seniors who can’t decide whether they want a laptop or a tablet, the Lenovo Yoga series offers the best of both worlds. It has the smaller screen, longer battery life of a tablet, and the keyboard can be tucked away when not needed for video chatting with kids and grandkids. Yet the Yoga also has the faster computing power and additional software typically available in a laptop. At GDGT, the IdeaPad Yoga received a score of 83. Pricing starts at $899.

 

Pros

  • 128 GB Solid-State Drive

  • 13.3″ Screen

  • 8.8 battery life

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 3.3 pounds

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • 360 degree convertible hings

Cons

  • The laptop-tablet combo may be too sophisticated for seniors who like simplicity

  • Heavier than a tablet

  • While more computing power than a tablet, less than other laptops

7. Dell Inspiron i15z-5592sLV 15.6-Inch Ultrabook

 

The Ultrabooks are the PC’s answer to the Macbook Pro. They are meant to be light, fast and powerful. Dell’s Inspiron Ultrabook definitely fits this description. It has a 32 GB Solid-State Drive, 2GHZ processor and weighs only four pounds, so it’s easy for seniors to transport it from room to room to stay in touch. This specific model isn’t listed at GDGT, but Dell laptops seem to get good scores overall. Pricing starts at $899.

Pros

  • 15.6″ screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

Cons

  • New product; little consumer feedback available on bugs and issues

8. HP Envy DV7T-7300 Intel Core i7-3630QM 

 

If you’re worried about your aging loved one’s security, the HP envy has a fingerprint reader. This reader will only allow predetermined users access to the system, leaving less likelihood for intruders and those with ulterior motives to gain unauthorized access. It also has a Blu-Ray drive and 3 GB graphics, so you can send and view all the photos of grandchildren you want. This Envy model isn’t rated at GDGT, but a number of HP Envy laptops are. Most average scores in the 70’s, with one newer model earning an 85.  Pricing starts at $879.

Pros

  • 1 TB hard drive

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • 802.11bgn wireless

  • Blu-Ray Combo drive

  • 17.3″ screen

  • Beats Audio

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds

  • Battery life not listed, often this means it is not long

  • HP have a tendency to run hot, which can shorten the life of the laptop

9. Dell Inspiron i14R5-5743sLV 14-Inch Laptop

 

Dell computers have a long standing reputation for quality, and their laptops are no exception. Seniors making an investment in technology often want something that’s proven to last; the Dell Inspiron fits the bill. They offer good value for the features offered, and customers often rate them highly. The Dell Inspiron is a good machine at a price many can afford. GDGT has ratings for a few similar Dell Inspiron models, but not the 14R. Pricing starts at $699.

Pros

  • 14″ screen

  • 2.5 Ghz processor

  • Intel HD graphics

  • Windows 8 operating system

Cons

  • 5.4 pounds, which may be heavy to some seniors

  • Battery life not listed , means short battery life

  • While processor fast, some say could be faster

10. HP Compaq Presario cq58-bf9wm 15.6-Inch Laptop

  

Seniors who don’t want to spend much on a laptop to stay in touch with distant friends and relatives should take a look at the Compaq. This laptop offers most of the features people are looking for in a laptop at a low price compared to other systems. The CQ58 isn’t listed at GDGT, but you can get an idea of the overall opinion of the Compaq Presario line by checking out reviews of similar laptops. Pricing starts at $599.

Pros

  • 15.6″ HD screen

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • DVD burner

  • 320 GB hard drive

  • HD Webcam

  • 802.11bgn Wireless

  • Good for seniors who need basic functionality

Cons

  • 8 pounds; more difficult for some seniors to carry

  • While good for the beginner, computer savvy seniors may find it too basic

  • Some customers complain about speed, depends on how it is used

 

Buying a new laptop is a large investment and should be considered carefully. Take a look at the features and reviews to determine how each brand fits your aging loved one’s needs and budget. A little research in the beginng will help you to be happy with your investment.

Best Tablets For Seniors 2015 – 2016 – The Top Tablets for the Elderly

Today’s seniors are more tech savvy than their predecessors. With many people being introduced to computers, laptops and smartphones before they retired, seniors want to keep up with technology in their golden years. This is why tablets are such a popular personal computing device for many seniors.

Last year we put together a list of the top tablets for the elderly that wound up being one of the more popular posts on the blog, so we decided to update the list for this year.

Best of Both Worlds

Tablets offer a great middle ground between laptops and smart phones. Many seniors like the benefit of the larger screen and optional keyboard, without all of the complexity and unnecessary features that laptops offer. And for those who still like their devices low tech, tablets allow seniors the ability to take and share photos and participate on social media sites without having to plow through a 100 page user manual.

Top 10 Best Tablets

These tables vary in features and price. For those who are looking for a device that can replace the need for a laptop to those who just want to use Facebook and video chat, there is a tablet here for you.

1. Apple iPad Mini MD535LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi + AT&T 4G, Black)

 

The best feature of this iPad Mini is that it comes with AT&T 4G Wireless. Sprint and Verizon 4G plans are also available for this model. This way users don’t have to search for hotspots or available Wi-Fi networks. It is still light, fast and has 10 hours of battery life and iOS6. The Apple iPad Mini, overall, earns a GDGT rating of 93. Critics award it a rating of 8.6; users a rating of 8.9. Prices start at $600.

 

Pros

  • Comes with its own Wi-Fi network availability

  • 7.9-inch screen

  • 11 ounces

  • 10 hours of battery life

  • 32 GB flash memory

  • Apple iOS 6 operating system

  • Siri virtual assistant

Cons

  • Great for reading and watching television, but is limited in other features

  • Limited to a contract option with 4G plans

  • Can’t video chat and surf the web simultaneously

2. Toshiba Excite AT305T64 10.1-Inch 64 GB Tablet Computer – Wi-Fi – NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.20 GHz

This laptop has a larger screen and faster processing speed than the Kindle Fire. It runs on the Android 4.0 operating system but it is still easy to operate, making it ideal for seniors who aren’t as tech-savvy.  It also has front and rear cameras for those who love to take pictures to share with friends and family. This particular model isn’t listed at GDGT, but in general Toshiba Excite models earn GDGT scores between 60 and 73. Price is approximately $600.

Pros

  • 10.1 inch screen that adjusts to ambient lighting to reduce glare

  • 64 GB Hard Drive

  • HD

  • Android 4.0 operating system

  • 1.2 GHZ Processor

  • 2 Lithium Batteries

  • 10 hours battery life

  • Keyboard and stylus available

  • More ports than standard laptops

 

Cons

  • With the larger screen comes more weight, 1.32 pounds

  • While allows users to do more, still not capable of basic office programs

  • For those looking for simplicity, the Excite may be a little out of their league

3. Apple iPad with Retina Display MD510LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black)

 

For those who prefer the original iPad to the mini, the MD510LL/A offers all of the standard iPad features, along with some great new benefits. The retina display feature helps to ease eye strain and offers fantastic resolution. It is Wi-Fi capable and offers a 16GB flash memory. The Apple iPad earns a GDGT score of 88, with critics contributing to a rating of 7.8 and user ratings averaging 8.8. Prices start at $500.

Pros

  • 9.7 inch screen

  • Apple iOS 6 operating system

  • 1.4 pounds

  • 10 hours battery life

  • Dual Processor

Cons

  • With the iPad the screen is larger but it is much heavier than the mini

  • It is expensive compared to Android and Windows tablets

  • For the price it doesn’t have as many features as other tablets

  • Many users find it clunky

 

4. Apple iPad Mini MD532LL/A (32GB, Wi-Fi, White)

Many people love Apple products and the mini version of the iPad is good for those who don’t like big products. The 7″ screen has 32G capacity and Wi-Fi and iOS 6. The Apple iPad Mini is grouped into a single category at GDGT, with a rating of 93. Critics award it a rating of 8.6; users a rating of 8.9. Pricing starts at about $430.

Pros

  • Apple A5 Processor

  • 10 hours battery life

  • 10.9 ounces

  • 32 GB Flash Memory

 

Cons

  • Apps are more limited than Windows operating systems

  • Can’t multi-task as well

  • Expensive compared to other tablets in its class

 

5. Dell XPS 10 XPS10-2727BLK 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet

This highly rated tablet has a 10″ screen but is still light and slender. It has Windows 8 and Office 2013 for those who are looking for a laptop alternative. Also can multi-task for those seniors who are always on the go. The Dell XPS 10 earns a GDGT score of 75. Critics contribute to a rating of 7.1, while a single user gives this tablet a perfect 10. Price starts at $400 and with the keyboard it can start around $460.

Pros

  • 1.4 pounds, not bad for a 10″ screen with these features

  • Battery life is extended when docked with the keyboard

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Keyboard for those who don’t like using the one on the screen

  • Can use a mouse, printer or other monitors if desired

 

Cons

  • While it does have Wi-Fi capacity, come customers have had connection issues

  • Windows 8 can be difficult to navigate

  • Windows 8 is focused on social media, can be an issue for those who don’t live on Facebook

  • The Lithium Ion battery isn’t included

 

6. Lenovo IdeaTab K3 Lynx 11.6-Inch 64 GB Tablet

The Lenovo company has had some success with their tablets, laptops and convertibles, which are laptops that can convert into tablets. They pack a lot of power and features into their devices without making them cumbersome. This tablet is good for those who like to work and play for those who are “semi-retired”. On GDGT, the Lynx series earned a score of 69. One enthusiastic user rates it a 9.0, while a few critics contribute to a lower 6.7. Pricing starts around $400, and with a keyboard and a cover the price is only slightly higher.

Pros

  • Five-point capacity multitouch

  • Windows 8 Operating System

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

  • 8 hours battery life on its own, 16 hours with the keyboard

  • Keyboard and tablet together are only 0.74″

  • 1.5 pounds

  • Multiple slots and ports

 

Cons

  • 1.5 pounds may seem heavy to some

  • Lenovo makes their tablets to be replacements for laptops, which may be too complicated for some seniors

  • Some issues may occur with attaching and releasing the keyboard

7. Sony Xperia 64 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT123US/S

 

Because this laptop was a Sony, it is a great tablet for people who love entertainment. There is even an app that allows the tablet to become a universal remote to add functionality and usability to a senior’s lifestyle. The 9′ screen size is a little larger than many tablets, but not as large as many laptops. On GDGT, the Xperia received an overall score of 70. It received better reviews from the users than the critics. Users give it a 9.0 while critics only give the Xperia a 6.7. Pricing starts at $400, and there are many great accessories available.

 

Pros

  • 9.4 inch screen

  • 1280×800 screen resolution

  • 1 GB RAM

  • 12 Hour battery life

  • 1.3 pounds

  • Android 4.0 operating system

  • Wi-Fi capable

  • Can allow for separate user configuration

  • Splash proof

Cons

  • If not an entertainment geek, not different than other tablets

  • Weight may be cumbersome to some people

 

8. Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet (128 GB Memory, 4 GB RAM, Windows 8 Pro)

The Microsoft Windows Surface Pro combines what some consider the best blend between the functionality of a PC and the portability of a tablet. With the Windows 8 operating system built-in, compatibility is unsurpassed and seniors benefit from easy file and image-sharing through SkyDrive. GDGT gives the Microsoft Windows Surface Pro a score of 75. Users contribute to a rating of 8.7, while critics award it a 7.2. Prices start at $899.

Pros

  • Windows 8 operating system for superior PC/laptop compatibility

  • 3rd generation Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000

  • 10-point multi-touch

  • Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing

  • 128 GB (approximately 89 GB available for user content)

  • Ambient light sensor for enhanced readability

  • Keyboard/cover available

 

Cons

  • Some popular mobile apps aren’t compatible with the Windows OS

  • Some complaints about short battery life

  • No Ethernet/3G/4G adaptor

 

9. ASUS Vivotab Smart Black Office 2013 H&S ME400C-C2-BK 10.1-Inch 64GB Tablet (Black)

Like the Lenovo system, the ASUS Vivotab is made for those who want a working keyboard and an alternative to a laptop. But the 64 GB tablet has a lot of great features for seniors who want to socialize, download apps and have a portable location for all of their family photos. GDGT gives the VivoTab Smart series a score of 75. Users contribute to a rating of 8.8, while critics offer a slightly lower 7.4. Prices start at $350.

Pros

  • The 10.1″ Screen is great for watching movies and is easy to see compared to smaller screens

  • 64 GB Flash Memory makes the tablet fast and turns on instantly

  • 8.5 hours of battery life

  • 1.3 pounds, which makes it lighter than many of its counterparts

  • Windows 8 Operating system

  • Lithium battery included

  • Wireless and Bluetooth

Cons

  • Microsoft office needs to be downloaded, which may be difficult for some users

  • Doesn’t always recognized when docked with magnetic keyboard

  • Some people report issues with the touch screen

 

10. Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

 

This is a basic tablet and has many of the features that interest seniors who aren’t necessarily tech savvy. Kindle Fire allows users to read books and magazines, listen to music, and watch television shows or movies. This tablet also helps seniors connect with friends and family by integrating basic social media sites and email programs. GDGT gives the Kindle fire a score of 79, with users and critics concurring on ratings: critics offer a 7.6, users a 7.5. Pricing for the Kindle Fire starts at $159.

 

Pros

  • 7″ screen, 8.9″ available

  • 13.9 ounces for 7 “, 20 ounces for 8”

  • Anti-glare HD

  • Dual band Wi-Fi, 33 MBPS, faster downloads and Internet search

  • Supports Facebook, Twitter, and Skype

  • Email: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Exchange

  • Sound is rich, not tiny or distorted

  • 11 hours of battery life

Cons

  • No keyboard, although you can buy one that is compatible

  • Power adapter sold separately

  • No office software so you can’t create or edit documents, just read them

  • Kindle operating system only, no Windows or Apple operating systems

  • Small screen may be harder for some seniors to see properly

What’s Next?

When buying a tablet, seniors need to consider their budget and their desired features. Create a short list of several good devices and look at a side by side comparison to determine the best tablet for the money. The least expensive device isn’t always the best, so look for consumer reviews before making a final selection.