12-16-2012 09:48 AM
- Here's the situation: my dad wants to buy a tablet so he can begin texting me. He's in his sixties and has never had a computer--not even an email address. I really want him to get an iPad or iPad Mini, mostly because I feel like they are the most user-friendly for someone in his position, but also because iMessage and FaceTime would make communication much easier with me (iPhone 5, MBP).
However, it seems like he's wanting to check out some less expensive options--and this is where I need advice. If he was to go for another tablet, what is the best option? A Nexus, maybe? And assuming that whatever he gets is WiFi-only, what are the best apps available for cross-platform communication? (Whatsapp, etc.)
Ideally he'll just get the iPad, even if it means I pay for most of it, but I'd be interested to hear what his other options are. Thanks!12-02-2012 12:35 PM
In addition to Skype I think Viber is cross platform for video chat. You'd have to use an IM app rather than iMessage for text messages. Maybe TextPlus or Kik.12-02-2012 02:16 PM
- Get him a phone if he just wants to text. He's only in his 60's, ffs, he's not dead. If he realizes how simple it is to text, he might want to text other people, in which case he'll need a phone to flat out text from wherever he is. With an iPad, iPad Mini, or any other tablet, he would only be able to text a limited number of people when he's on WiFi. (If someone deletes WhatsApp, you'd never know.)
Break him in gently with a feature phone. Forget a tablet, if that's your only reason for getting one.12-02-2012 02:26 PM
- Ok, so if he wants cheaper, let use the $200 price point of the Nexus or Kindle Fire. You stated that you would pay some, just pay the difference of the mini( $130). It will let you use FaceTime and iMessage like you want, and he gets an easier device for someone that has never even had a computer.
Plus there is the added bonus of the Apple store. He could purchase there and get lots of good training from their staff. You could even purchase one on one so he can go in whenever for training/help.
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Not sure of the prices, but Windows is another easy solution, my mother in law loves it(she also had zero computer or smart phone experience).
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- What about an iPad 2? There might be some refurbished ones on the Apple Store, or many places are selling the iPad 2 for $400 or so. Resolution doesn't matter really, it's thinner than the 3 or 4 and still has all of the features a newer one does. If you're worried about eyesight I'd go for a regular iPad instead of a mini. The keyboard is much bigger, and thus easier to use, on a regular iPad. It costs a bit more than an iPad mini, but you may even get lucky and find someone selling a used one for a reasonable price in good condition.12-15-2012 12:58 AM
- iPad or mini would be first choice obviously, but when you get down to the $200 price point, then Nexus 7 is the one all my research and my IT recommended currently of the 3. In fact I bought my daughter the kindle HD, but am returning it this weekend. I just picked up the nexus 7 tonight, but haven't played with it because its her Xmas gift but you know i will come Xmas day, hey Dads got to set it up for her-right? I will say this though, between the 2, the nexus felt in the hand closest to an apple product to me. Picking up the nook and kindle, to me, it was obvious I was holding another animal. Good luck.12-15-2012 01:19 AM
- iPad or mini would be first choice obviously, but when you get down to the $200 price point, then Nexus 7 is the one all my research and my IT recommended currently of the 3. In fact I bought my daughter the kindle HD, but am returning it this weekend. I just picked up the nexus 7 tonight, but haven't played with it because its her Xmas gift but you know i will come Xmas day, hey Dads got to set it up for her-right? I will say this though, between the 2, the nexus felt in the hand closest to an apple product to me. Picking up the nook and kindle, to me, it was obvious I was holding another animal. Good luck.12-15-2012 03:31 AM
- Rene RitchieEditorial DirectorThe other tablets suck. I don't mean to be harsh, but they do. The Nexus 7 is probably the best, but it's more big iPod touch than small iPad.
Tim Cook was absolutely right: Your dad may feel great he saved a few bucks when he buys a cheaper tablet, but he'll spend months regretting it lately.
An iPad mini for $329 or an iPad 2 for $399 aren't more expensive, they're better values.
(And I own a Nexus 7, have for months, and it's still not an iPad alternative... yet.)12-15-2012 01:45 PM
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- Rene RitchieEditorial DirectorGoogle hasn't successfully deployed a tablet interface yet. They've failed to get developers to embrace tablet interfaces, and they've compromised their own software by promoting a mishmash of smartphone and tablet elements on the Nexus 7.
My *guess* is they simply haven't had time to do it and they'll get to it eventually, but right now the Nexus 7 lacks tablet software, so it's not really a tablet.
(Power and functionality don't really matter -- the DNA and Note 2 are almost the same size as the Nexus 7, and are as powerful and functional as the Nexus 7, yet they're not tablets either.)
Apple and iOS suck in a lot of ways as well, but they've been the most successful in deploying tablet interface and tablet software to date.12-15-2012 06:31 PM
- Thanks all—after going to a few places and actually trying everything, he's decided on either an iPhone 4S or a Samsung GSIII so he can have a bit more portability. Proud of the guy!—he actually took early retirement so he wouldn't be forced to learn a computer system, so this is a big step for him.12-15-2012 09:36 PM
- 12-15-2012 10:04 PM
- As a user of the mini and a BlackBerry PlayBook, I think the ipad 2 would have been the best choice for price, screen size, and ease of use. My mother just got hers for an early Christmas Present, she loves it. And she is 59.
Last edited by axllebeer; 12-16-2012 at 12:42 AM.12-15-2012 11:57 PM
- It really depends. For my kid, I'm considering a Fire HD 7". It's all about the amazon content especially unlimited childrens books they've recently announced (although still have to check it out). Along with better parental controls.
For my mother in law who really can't operate a PC either? The criteria changes. You don't care about parental controls. Content? Still a bit important as it needs to be easy. Cost? Has to be low. Their tech budget is usually "free" if they can manage it (or manage you is more like it..lol). But most of all it has to be EASY TO USE.
Cross out the Nexus on that one. It comes down to Amazon vs ipads. The being cheap and having some free (with your Prime) content rears its head again. But ease of use goes to ipads as well as more of a variety in what apps you can use. Ideally, in my case, the tablet would have LTE. She could basically get rid of her internet which she hates paying for (and doesn't really use much at all as her PC stays turned off most of time) and we could put her on our plan for 10 a month. That means Verizon. That means ipad. BTW i should mention the 30 a month dsl internet she pays for is too slow to be useful besides web browsing. It's a bit less than 1mb down. A speedtest of my verizon iphone 5 is like 15-20mbps down inside her house.
So ease of use, we share our apps with her, share some content she likes, netflix, amazon video, etc, her cancelling her internet pays for itself. Ipad wins. Which ipad? 16gb LTE for sure. Probably a Mini.12-16-2012 08:22 AM
- If you look to Pogue's tech post on the NYTimes, he recently reported on a test where kids were given a variety of tablets (including some marketed just for kids). I think the Kindle Fire was included but not sure about the Nexus. The most amusing was that all the kids gravitated to the iPad or iPad mini regardless of the other tablet.12-16-2012 08:31 AM
- If you look to Pogue's tech post on the NYTimes, he recently reported on a test where kids were given a variety of tablets (including some marketed just for kids). I think the Kindle Fire was included but not sure about the Nexus. The most amusing was that all the kids gravitated to the iPad or iPad mini regardless of the other tablet.
Also, his preference would also be for an iPhone. But again, the household is equally split between Android and Apple users. He thinks the iPhone is cooler.
Lucky for us all, he would rather an Xbox game since he can just ask to use one of the tablets or phones around the house. 😊12-16-2012 09:40 AM
- Thanks allafter going to a few places and actually trying everything, he's decided on either an iPhone 4S or a Samsung GSIII so he can have a bit more portability. Proud of the guy!he actually took early retirement so he wouldn't be forced to learn a computer system, so this is a big step for him.
I guess since the original question has been answered, we can close the thread rather than spending any more energy on bashing other tablets.12-16-2012 09:48 AM
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