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What to know before investing in a tablet

Senior Wellness | Sep 11, 2015

Tablet computers give you the ability to browse the internet, check email and use various apps for entertainment, news and even games. They offer a convenient and easy-to-use display that you can quickly learn how to navigate through the various functions.

The best tablet for seniors is capable of providing access to useful applications, or apps, which are downloadable software programs with specific functions. These apps allow you to customize your device and give you more entertainment options to choose from. In addition, the tablet you choose should be one you can easily read and operate quickly and simply.

If you are interested in purchasing a new tablet computer, you may want to consider conducting some research to find out which brand is right for your unique needs.

"The best tablet for seniors is capable of providing access to useful applications."

Develop a budget
Tablets vary a great deal when it comes to cost. You can purchase one anywhere between $100 to just under $1,000. The features you want and how you plan to use the tablet impact the device's price.

Decide how much money you are capable of spending on this device and research the products that fall within your specific budget. If you find that your budget does not accommodate the device that best fits your needs, consider developing a savings plan or purchase an older model to save a little money.

Know what is available
There are a plethora of various tablets you can purchase, according to Laptop Magazine, a buying guide for electronic devices. Some of these include:

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet
  • Dell Venue
  • iPad
  • iPad Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Kindle Fire

Each brand is known for providing owners with certain features. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is especially durable while the Lenovo Yoga Tablet also allows you to use a Bluetooth keyboard.

CNET recommended also considering the size of the tablet. If you want a larger display screen that allows you to read text more clearly, a device that offers this is likely your best option. There are some tablets available with screens that measure more than 10.1 inches.

Consider your entertainment needs
Whether you would like to read on your device, communicate with family and friends, use the camera or play music, you will need to think about how well a specific tablet performs your favorite tasks. For example, if you primarily want to read on your device, a Kindle is likely a good choice.

In addition, some tablets have been specifically designed for senior use. AARP released the RealPad?, which provides owners with customer service 24 hours of the day and seven days of the week. This ensures you can always call someone if you have issues with your device. This might be an appealing option if you typically have trouble using new technology. Having access to this resource can help you as you transition into an expert tablet user.

Learn how to use your device
Once you have purchased your perfect device, consider its various uses you plan to take advantage of and ask the professional who sold you the tablet how you can accomplish these tasks. Recruit assistance from a friend or family member to help you learn along the way if you have any questions that arise while using the device.

Download any apps, such as Facebook or Netflix, if you want to connect with loved ones on social media or watch movies and shows using your new tablet.

A tablet gives you accessibility to a number of fantastic technical features. Research various products ahead of time and decide which device fits your needs and budget most accurately.