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    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 16th Jul 17, 5:53 PM
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    Easy cheap tablet for pensioner new to internet
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    • 16th Jul 17, 5:53 PM
    Easy cheap tablet for pensioner new to internet 16th Jul 17 at 5:53 PM
    My neighbour, in her 80s, wants to use a tablet to

    -Skype
    -listen to the radio
    -email
    -general browsing

    Can anyone suggest which one to get, that is not expensive. She has organised herself BT Broadband (which I am currently trying to help her set up) and needs something cheap, easy to read and straightforward to use

    Thanks for any suggestions
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    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 16th Jul 17, 6:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 6:09 PM
    Refurbished iPad Air 2 for about £180 - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-iPad-16GB-Wi-Fi-Refurbished/dp/B00O12DMB2.

    iOS has excellent support for those with ongoing challenges on eyesight and manual dexterity, plus the design makes it impossible to get confused with multiple window open on the screen.

    Buy cheap, buy twice...
    Last edited by I have spoken; 16-07-2017 at 6:16 PM.
    • raiiiraiii
    • By raiiiraiii 16th Jul 17, 6:10 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 6:10 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 6:10 PM
    There are many chinese-make tablets which you can purchase off Amazon or Ebay. Most of these Tablets wont be as good as Samsung or Apple but many will be able to support apps like Skype and Google Chrome for general browsing. They're also not as expensive as you think -You could pick up a decent one for £50.

    What is your budget?

    Here are some suggestions for £50 and under:

    Amazon Fire Tablet
    YunTab
    DragonTouch
    YellYouth

    And other general non-branded Tablets.
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 16th Jul 17, 7:33 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:33 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:33 PM
    this one is good value

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-Tab-3-A8-8-Inch-LED-2GB-16GB-Android-Tablet-Black-From-Argos-ebay/351766780394?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid =p2055119.m1438.l2649
    • mac.d
    • By mac.d 16th Jul 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 8:09 PM
    I'll second the recommendation for the Lenovo Tab 3 at £89 (you can buy instore at Argos for the same price), if that is considered a cheap enough price for you.
    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
    I think, since she is new to this and we don't yet know how much she will use it, that the 10.1" Lenovo looks a good bet - thank you all for your helpful input
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    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 18th Jul 17, 8:31 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:31 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 8:31 PM
    For general browsing I like holding the iPad in one hand and typing with the other like a phone. I use a 10" model occasionally but holding it for too long gets tiring, while my 8" iPad is just fine. Holding it in the shop is very different from holding it continuously, so mind the weight.
    • jshm2
    • By jshm2 18th Jul 17, 11:03 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 11:03 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 11:03 PM
    well... why not just get her a SMART TV instead?

    The Skype can be done easily enough over an Android phone. But a wireless touchpad keyboard and a SMART TV and she'll be able to watch her TV and use it as a computer as well.

    Tablets aren't really worth the money, regardless of if it's iCrap stuff or Android.
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 18th Jul 17, 11:18 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 11:18 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 11:18 PM
    OP as you are helping pensioner out I suggest you get one with the same OS as you use (assuming you use a tablet yourself) because otherwise you may struggle. At least i did this afternoon fighting with my mothers Android when I'm used to Apple.

    Tv as a tablet substitute doesnt work, for example, you cant read in bed, take it to another room, take it with you to a friends house to show some pictures, etc. Terrible idea it's back to the 1970's with a big box stuck Ina corner.
    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 21st Jul 17, 1:21 PM
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    She got the Lenovo and is trying to use it each day. It's not easy for her but I think she is growing in confidence. Thanks for your help
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 21st Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    She got the Lenovo and is trying to use it each day. It's not easy for her but I think she is growing in confidence. Thanks for your help
    Originally posted by downshifted

    Good for her - So many of the older generation are missing out by not being willing to give it a go !!


    And as for the other user bashing Amazon, he always does that so take that with a pinch of salt.
    I use amazon regularly and have had no such problems.


    Andy
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • john22
    • By john22 21st Jul 17, 3:38 PM
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    My neighbour, in her 80s, wants to use a tablet to

    -Skype
    -listen to the radio
    -email
    -general browsing

    Can anyone suggest which one to get, that is not expensive. She has organised herself BT Broadband (which I am currently trying to help her set up) and needs something cheap, easy to read and straightforward to use

    Thanks for any suggestions
    Originally posted by downshifted
    If money is important then she could get the Amazon fire hd 8" for £80

    or

    Amazon fire hd 10" for £180

    If family all want to chip in then she could get the iPad for £340
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 21st Jul 17, 5:30 PM
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    If money is important then she could get the Amazon fire hd 8" for £80

    or

    Amazon fire hd 10" for £180

    If family all want to chip in then she could get the iPad for £340
    Originally posted by john22
    OP says the neighbour has now got the Lenovo. At 72, I have the same tablet in 8" format and found it to be a better picture than the 10" my neighbour has. Same resolution, same hardware & software, but more pixels in a smaller area.
    There may be more than one way to skin a cat.
    But the result is always inedible.

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