Best tablet for older people?
My mom is pushing 60, but seems much older than that with the amount of help she needs from me. She wants a tablet, and I'm trying to find the best one for her.
She has an iPhone, so I'm considering either an iPad 2 or iPad mini because there won't be much that she will have to figure out or re-learn. I've also been looking at a Kindle Fire or an Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but I'm open to any other suggestions.
Cost is also something that I want to keep in mind because I am putting myself through college, etc., and I don't have a large amount of cash to blow.
Added (1). My mom has previously broken both wrists, so holding things can sometimes be a challenge for her. She'll be holding something, and her hands seemingly stop working, and she drops the item. Her eyesight is also really great--better than mine even--so I don't think the smaller screen would be a problem for her. Especially since she can see everything just fine on her iPhone.
I was already thinking it, but I'm glad to have a lot of other input--I think the iPad mini would be the best bet for her. She'll get a kick out of Siri and love FaceTiming.
IPad Mini - As acessible as an iPad, but half the price.
What does she want to do with the tablet?
I'd recommend the iPad. She's already familiar with the iPhone, and the mini's screen will make it harder for her to see things.
IPads are great for anyone, including the elderly. My mother is nearly 80, and she really loves her new iPad which I bought for her three months ago. She has never used a computer before, but didn't need any training, and now she uses it for reading lots of newspapers, doing crosswords, looking up the TV guide, phone numbers, internet banking, and so on. In her case, an iPhone will be her next step:-)
Since your mother already has an iPhone, it's a no-brainer -- you should get her an iPad. Introducing a different brand (which by the way is undoubtedly inferior to the iPad) will only cause frustration and confusion. I would definitely avoid them at all costs -- she will be so dissatisfied with the other brands if she is already used to the iPhone.
So the question comes down to iPad 2 or iPad mini. The iPad mini is a great machine, at a nice price, and it's very light and nice to hold, but it does require fairly good eyesight. You might be better off getting the standard-size iPad (and here I would really recommend the iPad 3 for its better screen resolution, if you can find a used one for a reasonable price).
It also depends how much she uses it, and where. If holding a heavier model is a strain for her, then the mini might be a good choice. If she has Wifi available at home, and won't take it with her, then save money by not buying the 3G version.
By the way, the Mini isn't available with 3G yet -- it's on its way.