Tablets are light weight wireless electronic mobile devices that have similar functions as a smart phone, computer, or laptop. To find easy to use tablets for seniors, you must first identify what your needs are for a tablet. The prices will range according to your preferences.
Tablet Options and Pricing
Amazon Kindle Fire. Most commonly used for reading, watching television shows, movies, and web browsing. This is one of the lightest weight tablets on the market, only weighing about 14.5 ounces. It has an 8 hour battery life, and high quality color, and resolution. This product costs approximately $150 - $200 depending on the model.
Apple iPad2. Most commonly used for social media, YouTube videos, e-mailing, web browsing, taking and sharing photos, and video chatting. This product weighs a little over 21 ounces, and has a 9.7” screen. This product has adjustable font size for easier reading, and costs approximately $400 - $550.
ASUS Eee Pad. This device has a larger screen than the iPad, and has the ability to transform into a laptop by connecting the device to the keyboard. This product weighs just under 24 ounces, has video chat, and costs approximately $350.
Samsung Galaxy Tab. This tablet is similar to the ASUS, but it does not have the attachable keyboard. There are two options for screen size, either a seven, or ten inch screen. These tablets range in price anywhere from $350 to $500.
In-Touch Tablets for Seniors. This tablet is designed for seniors, and has features including urgent alert button, medication reminders, photo sharing, video chat, e-mail, texting, and calendar. It includes apps for travel, lifestyle, news, and weather. This product costs about $400, and is available through www.seniortouchpad.com
Narrowing your Tablet Search
With so many different tablet options available it is often difficult to decide which one is best for you. Decide what factors to consider when shopping for a tablet. If you are searching for an inexpensive tablet for basic use like reading, and browsing the web your best option may be the Amazon Kindle Fire.
However, if you are searching for a more complex tablet that has features designed for seniors, such as medication reminders, and other alert systems an In-Touch tablet may be your best option. Do your research on these tablets, and review the specifications to determine which features best fit your needs.
Once you find a tablet, or two that you are interested in, you can begin searching for your best price options online. Amazon, and other online retailers often offer lower prices than you will find in retail stores. If you are open to purchase a used tablet, you can try looking on ebay, craigslist, and in other used classified advertisements.