Is it time to retire your home computer and switch to a more streamlined device?
By Matt Smith
More and more retirees are moving away from computers in favour of tablets. Tablets occupy the middle ground between smartphones and home computers. More portable than a laptop, tablets are compact and lightweight, but they’re much more capable than cellphones. Should you be switching?
If you’re a casual computer user, then the answer may be yes. Tablets can handle many of the same tasks as laptop and desktop computers: surfing the Internet, sending e-mails, watching TV, and listening to music. While professionals and power users might need a PC or a Mac, many prefer the stripped-down operating system on a tablet.
The interface is less complex, offering a much more immediate experience. This is great for the less tech-savvy among us, especially if you’ve found the learning curve of a computer to be a barrier to keeping in touch with family and friends online. If you’re already comfortable on a smartphone, you’ll find the transition to a tablet smooth and easy, and you’ll gain a much larger screen.
Combined with a wireless keyboard, a tablet can offer an experience very similar to that of using a laptop. While it won’t be as good as using a proper computer if you need a word processor, it will make sending e-mails from your tablet a breeze. You can even get mice that interface with Android tablets. This is technically possible for iPads, as well, but it can be a tricky process.
Their light weight makes tablets well suited for those who have difficulty sitting in an office chair for extended periods of time because they’re portable and hand-held. Tablets also power up almost instantly, and they’ll usually have a much longer battery life than a laptop. You’ll also find numerous accessibility options on board whatever tablet you choose, such as larger print and text-to-speech services.