The tablet industry has evolved immensely over the past few years. While the likes of Apple continue to dominate the market, there are some other players in the fray now. While there are tablets for practically everybody, one niche that remains untapped is seniors. One of the key features that seniors desire is a large screen, easy to use UI, and durability. Luckily, manufacturers don’t need to prepare new tablets specifically meant for the seniors as there are plenty of tablets already available in the market that suit the seniors.
Best Tablets For Seniors
|ImgAmazon.com Link||Brand||ProductAmazon.com Link||Price on Amazon.com|
|Microsoft||New Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)||625.18|
|Asus||ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA||469.58|
|Apple||Apple iPad 9.7 Inch||334.8|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy Tab S3||315.95|
|Amazon||All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet||Check Price|
These tablets are ideally recommended to do some casual reading, watching videos, or even staying in touch with loved ones. Naturally, tablets also come with a lot of other features on board, but these are some of the key features that seniors look for. Keeping this in mind, we have compiled a list of five best tablets you can get for seniors. There are a variety of choices on board here as we’re not just limiting the reach to just one mobile platform. Be sure to have a closer look at all the models on offer.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a fairly decent feature list, although the one feature that stands out here is the gorgeous 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The AMOLED display ensures that the blacks remain prominent while also amazing visibility even with sunlight. The design is synonymous with almost every Samsung tablet we’ve seen so far, which is perhaps the only weakness of this particular product.
Talking about some of the other features, the Galaxy Tab S3 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 7.1 Nougat, a USB C port, a fingerprint scanner, and a 6,000 mAh battery.
You can even add a keyboard cover to the Galaxy Tab S3 9.7, which is an official Samsung accessory for the device. The tablet itself will set you back by $537 on Amazon right now. You can get the tablet + keyboard bundle for around $635. It makes sense to get the bundle since the keyboard basically converts it to a full blown Android notebook.
Apple surprised us all and launched an upgraded version of its most popular iPad earlier this year. While the model comes with pretty much the same features as the standard 9.7-inch iPad Air, the company has made some key upgrades in several areas. Given the fluidity of the user interface and the fact that everything works seamlessly, the Apple iPad is highly recommended for the seniors. However, using an iPad would require you to be partially invested in the Apple ecosystem.
The 2017 iPad comes with a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 (Retina Display) enclosed in a metal shell. The standard WiFi variant weighs 469 grams which makes it fairly bulky compared to other tablets of the same size. The tablet also comes with a dual-core 1.84 GHz Apple A9 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32/128GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-camera, iOS 10, and a non-removable 8827 mAh battery.
Taking all these factors into account, the iPad seems like a very good candidate for some casual reading and media browsing. The 32GB WiFi model of the tablet will set you back by $319.99. The 128GB model will cost $437.98 on Amazon. Best Buy is selling the 32GB model of the iPad for $329.99.
The Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s contender to the highly crowded budget tablet segment. The company is making things happen in the industry despite the presence of juggernauts like Apple and Samsung. Amazon’s Kindle Fire 8 is an excellent option for seniors given the fact that it has practically everything that one can ask for. Although Amazon doesn’t enjoy Google’s services on board, they have their own little ecosystem for practically everything else.
The tablet is pretty well equipped in the hardware department as well. It comes with an 8-inch HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, a forked version of Android 5.1, and a battery which can last up to 12 hours. As you can see, this is not a high-end offering. But the hardware is decent enough to manage tasks like books, media, video calls etc.
The tablet is available in 16 and 32GB variants priced at $94.99 and $124.99 respectively. You can get the price reduced to $79.99 and $109.99 if you choose to get Amazon’s “Special Offers” on your home screen.
This might seem like a bit too professional for seniors, but the features on board can accommodate practically anyone. One of the key distinguishing features of this device is the design and the amount of time Microsoft has spent on this particular aspect.
The tablet/notebook hybrid comes with a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 display, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core M processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, front facing speakers, Windows 10, and a battery life of up to 13 hours. Given the kind of power that the Surface Pro offers, the battery life is pretty impressive. The Surface Pro comes with an array of other features which might tap into the creative side of the seniors. Naturally, this is a complete notebook, so the entire family can use it if need be.
Amazon is currently selling the tablet for $794.50, which is a big price to pay, but justified considering the kind of features it brings to the table.
The ASUS Chromebook Flip is an unconventional choice on this list, but still worth a mention given the kind of features it brings to the table. This is a notebook replacement, although it comes with a touchscreen display, allowing you to use it like any other tablet. The 360 degree flexible hinge allows the device to be used in any orientation. You simply have to flip the keyboard to use it as a standalone tablet.
It comes with a 12.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core m3 processor, a USB C port, and a 10 hour battery life. The large display makes it ideal for the seniors. The efficient Chrome OS on board ensures that there’s no lag or wait in booting up the device when you want.
The Chromebook Flip can be bought for $469 via Amazon right now. This isn’t a big price to pay given what it packs under the hood.