iPad for 76 year old Mom

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    Is there any reason a 4G IPad could not be used as the only computer for my mom. She would not have wireless but would use the cellular only about 3G per month. She would only be looking at web pages no music, or streaming.
    Also would it be better on the iPad 2 so it wouldn't use the data as fast on the 4g speed?

    Thanks!
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    I would think that an iPad 2 would be ideal........of course others may have different opinions.

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    I think the iPad 2 would be amazing for your mum.
    It's so easy to read the screen,surf the net and send and receive emails
    Just think of all that fun she will have buying and borrowing books and watching tv and movies.
    Lucky lady.
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    Any of the iPads would be a good choice for your Mom, I'm 68 myself, but possibly a little more tech savvy, having a history of 30yrs in computers..lol, but yes I think your Mom would find it easy to use, especially so if just used for web browsing ect. though, there may be slightly cheaper options.

    If used purely on 3G though, I think it may get a little frustrating waiting for pages to load, I regard 3G certainly here in the UK, as being a addon where I can access the web albeit rather slowly. I certainly don't think I'd be very satisified if I had to rely totally on 3G for everything, in fact I doubt in my case I would even bother..lol

    Why can't she have a normal connection & router, which obviously would be cheaper too? does' she not have a phone line?

    So, no probs with choosing iPad, as their so easy to use.... but 3G only.. her new online experience is not going to be overly impressive. :-(
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    An iPad 2 could definitely be the way to go. I do a lot of low-light reading and the iPad 3, however a great screen, doesn't have the contrast as the 2 when screen brightness is at min. For "older" eyes the 2 could prove better.

    On the other side, if she wears reading glasses (I don't, yet,,,) the crisper screen could prove to be easier read.

    As for 3G vs 4G/LTE, does she live in an area that has LTE? If not, there is little difference between 3G and 4G. But, if LTE is usable in her house, it's a way better experience than 3/4G. And given her use, data use will be no different than 3G etc - just way faster page loads.

    Bottom line, if $100 was the only thing separating me from the iPad 2 and 3, get the 3. The performance increase alone makes for a much better experience, even if just surfing the Internet or handling emails/pictures etc.

    Cheers
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    I would say it depends. The iPad is by far the easiest tablet to manage and would be easier than a computer to use. However I can just imagine myself trying to teach my 81yr old grandma how to use an iPad and pulling all my hair out in the process. :).
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    LOL. :). That's me and my father. He's in his mid 70s and has only been using a personal PC for the past 10 years. But he loves gadgets. I'm like his 24 hour IT help desk. I've basically set his house PC/wifi identical to mine equipment and config wise just so it's easy to manage from 2200 miles away... :). What's worse is I'm no PC / LAN master either. We laugh a lot but always get it done.

    Dad could very easily be the recipient of my 1st gen iPad now that I have the "3".

    Cheers
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    Years ago, I gave my Mom an iPod Touch for a music player to use in the home we moved her into. I did a lot of research to find the best way to provide her with a source of music. It was very successful and if I could get him to make the switch, my Dad would have an iPad today to replace his old Dell computer.
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    My mom turned 87 in February and a couple years ago she had basically given up on reading until I introduced her to my iPad! Then she got the iPad 2 and Tuesday she is scheduled to receive her iPad 3 and I agree with the poster who said that the text crispness alone is reason enough to get the iPad 3 over the iPad 2 for an elderly person who struggles with eyesight!

    My mom probably reads an average of 6-8 hours a day now and does email and crossword puzzles. I almost forgot sometimes she just has the world's most expensive solitaire game as well!
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    Seadog and Mickeylittle:

    I loved reading about your parents and how they love their iPods/iPads! Great posts-my mom will definitely be getting either the iPad 2 or then new one. We haven't decided yet, but this is a great thread to help us decide.
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    Dad is 77. I'm thinking of telling him to get himself an iPad 2 16GB with Applecare +. I'm not sure I can justify telling him to get the new iPad. He's not going to be playing anything but causal games, doing email, web, and maybe facebook. This will be replacing the netbooks he's been using over the last 3 or 4 years.
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    I bought my iPad first gen and it almost completely 90% what I use first before my laptop. I only use my laptop for extensive reports. IPad for everything else. I love seeing older people using the iPad, but sadly most are on fixed incomes and wouldn't spend the money.
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    I'm getting my parents (dad 77 mom 73) the New IPad. They've completely taken over my 2. He says that this is much better than the old typewriter with the ribbon!
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    Most old folks are intimidated by computers and don't know how to use them. I tell mine they would be surprised by how easy Apple products, especially the iPad is.
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    A friend here in my office did exactly that with her 80 something mother who'd never used a PC before. She can send an receive email, look at photos and download apps. She still needed help, but it went smoother than I thought it would (I set it up for her).
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    I have been trying to move my Dad into my old iMac. At 85, he doesn't want any change from his old Dell with XP. I wouldn't mind as much if I didn't have to maintain the old clunker.
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    The older generation. I just love em all! :)
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    We're giving my folks ( both in their seventies) a new iPad for their 50th wedding anniversary. I'm planning on surprising them with it at the weekend and I'm so excited about it. I can't wait to see their faces. My dad is a bit of a technophobe but has had a bit of a play with my iPad 2 and was really impressed with reading the Daily Telegraph on it. They are both going to love Facetiming our kids, and I'm sure we're going to be inundated with photos via email once they've learnt how to do that. My dad saw me using gestures to swipe the screen and I caught him trying to copy me, but without actually touching the screen lol... It looked like he was trying to practice a spell over it!
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    Did he watch any of the Harry Potter movies? I've seen children do the same thing. :)
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    Lol...I think he must have done. That is exactly what it looked like!

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