Also on the shopping list is an iPad even though my friend’s experience with a much cheaper Kindle Fire tablet left her with a bad taste and negative view of tablets. At the Apple Store we saw dozens of older people of the senior citizen persuasion being trained to use an iPad; I guess because they’re smarter than the average AARP member.
The George Foreman Tablet
Move over Apple, there’s a new tablet revolution in town and it’s tailor made for those who cannot handle the intricacies, complexities, and usability issues inherent in an iPad.
Meet the AARP RealPad tablet; yet another iPad killer– at least for those with a minimum of five or six decades under their belts.
For less than $200 the RealPad comes with a one-year membership to AARP, a 7.85-inch display (about the size of an iPad mini), Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, and cameras, front and rear.
Specifications for RealPad are elusive, because, well, you know– old folks don’t need to worry about such things.
It’s a bit heavier than an iPad but comes with the 24/7 live telephone help that seniors crave. RealPad also has nearly two dozen step-by-step videos to walk through how to use the tablet (I love the four ‘Read More >’ buttons which take the reader back to the same page of features each time).
What’s RealPad look like? An iPad, of course.
How does it compare to an iPad? Notice the ginormous icons on the home screen? That’s for seniors who have trouble touching those itty bitty eentsy weentsy iPad app icons. RealPad is based on Google’s Android OS so there’s also access to the Google Play store for apps and media.
All the standard tablet accoutrements are in the RealPad, too. 1.5Ghz Intel dual core CPU, three versions of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB, headphone jack, MicroSD slot, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.
It’s just like an iPad mini but at half the price; perfect for senior citizens on a fixed income who still want to join the mobile revolution. Why is AARP pushing their own tablet? It should be obvious. People over 50 find the iPad too expensive and too complex. And all those 60, 70, and occasionally 80-year-olds at the Apple Store taking lessons on iPad usage? They’re probably shills. All those iPad commercials with pre-school children using the overly expensive and complex iPad? Well, that’s just wishful thinking from Apple.