Msg#: 4520382 posted 5:17 pm on Nov 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
If someone is using a tablet as their only computer, there are a few features that may not ordinarily matter that much, that you should think about.
For one thing, USB storage: lots of people use USB drives to move files around, so you need to be able to read them. A standard USB port is a must. I think that rules out the Apple's products (there are workarounds, but, that is probably not what someone wants from a first computer).
You may want one that either has mobile connectivity built in, or that has drivers for a USB mobile dongle - depends on usage pattern (hard to predict) and how common wifi is where they live.
Msg#: 4520382 posted 8:38 pm on Nov 28, 2012 (gmt 0)
Some of the posts are ageist
Obviously not the fellow who made the "Helping Grandma with the controller" poster.
My dad was an avid computer user to the end, even when MS reduced his manual dexterity to almost nil. It is amazing all of the accessibility settings there are even on an old XP desktop or lappy. Touch screens can be dicey even with a young body; I think having a tactile keyboard will be important for many aging users. One certainly cannot generalize about aging computer users; look at the Dekatron guy, wonder what he runs now?