TechSmartSenior Getting along with Technology after 50
Apple’s iPad which came out in April of 2010, and just released in version 2 offers
an interesting alternative to a standard computer. Meant as a device for consuming
media (meaning TV, movies, music, photos, ebooks, and the like) as well as a way
to browse the Internet and check your email, it’s a bit less than a computer but
more than a smart phone.
The iPad weighs less than a pound and a half. It has built in Wi-fi, which means
if you have a home network or are near a public network called a hotspot, you can
get online wirelessly. There are several built-in applications (called apps) including
a map program, video and music players, a photo organizer, calendar and contact programs,
among others. You can also download additional apps including a free eReader program
called iBooks, some free games, and some paid apps that run you anywhere from about
ninety-nine cents to about ten dollars.
You type into iPad using an onscreen keyboard, though you can also buy a physical
keyboard dock that makes text entry easier. There are several accessibility settings
you can use to help if you have vision or hearing problems.
It’s best to have a computer as well as your iPad so you can sync music and photos
from one to the other, but it’s not absolutely necessary. What’s so great about iPad
is it’s pretty easy and fun to use, it’s small enough to carry around but large
enough to view content easily, and it just happens to have a great built-in sound
Check out my book, iPad for Seniors for Dummies for more information on this nifty
device.. The 2nd edition covering iPad 2 and the 4.3 operating system comes out in
Spring of 2011.