Best tablet for parents

Posted Apr 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

I need to buy my parents a tablet. So far they have been using an older PC and it’s not as practical as a tablet. They mainly just surf the web, use facebook, read some stuff and chat (including video chat). I’m leaning towards a 10+ inch one because 7 inch tablets seems too small for them. It needs to have a bright screen (mostly indoor use yet brighter is better).

One big plus will be that it either comes with Turkish support out of the box or I will be able to find a language pack online. Their English is not that good. Unfortunately, none of the Android phones I used so far has supported Turkish.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance…

  • Bryan Stoner

    I’m not to sure about language packs (currrently i’m on an Asus Slider with a custom rom (Android Revolution) and that has turkish language support under “language and inputs”) but a great tablet for them would be most of the first generation tablets.

    The Asus transformer is at a great price right now for a 10.1″ tablet. Great build quality, screen brightness can go pretty high, solid firmware updates, great performance, and ICS! (Most people know I push Asus like crazy XD )

    The Transformer prime, although a little over the top for their needs, has a super bright IPS display. Just saying~ Asus rocks ^-^

    But most people I’ve said this to go straight to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 -.- Feelings are always hurt at that moment.

    • aranea

      Transformer prime sounds very good. Thank you for letting me know about the Turkish language selection. I guess the phones are restricted but maybe not the tablets.

      Then again I want to wait for the new galaxy tab too. I’m so torn.

  • antonio14reyes

    Ipad! Sorry I know i’m in the wrong site to say that but parents are crazy for that and they usually don’t know any better.

    • Bryan Stoner

      That’s exactly why you should inform them.

    • aranea

      I don’t use apple products myself so I can’t provide them any remote support with an ipad. Plus Apple products are overpriced.

    • danferan

      This one’s tricky. For people who have no clue whatsoever about technology, iPad is usually easiest to pick up. I think the Transformer would be best, but you might have to do more coaching.

  • tnnm

    I just bought an OG Transformer for my in-laws. I put Google Talk on the front panel and told them (really loudly of course), “THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO PRESS IN ORDER TO SEE YOUR GRANDKIDS ON THE SCREEN”

    The best part for me is no PC maintenance non-sense. The next time I visit, I should probably install some sort of remote control software.

  • acostaisasmendi

    I know it’s an Android forum but, sorry.. When it comes to tablets, SPECIALLY FOR PARENTS (Or people who don’t have much patience with technology and simply want it to “work”), the iPad’s the best answer.

    • Bryan Stoner


    • tnnm

      I respectfully disagree – ICS gives Android tablets just as attractive and simple GUI as iOS does. Also, the iPad is more expensive.

    • aranea

      I think this is a myth. It’s a myth apple promotes really well but it’s simply not true. I personally know people who are not very technologically advanced also struggle with using i-products. There is nothing intuitive in hiding settings behind several layers of menus.

  • aranea

    Thanks again for the discussion. I got them a transformer prime. We looked around and they liked the bright screen. It also has Turkish language (and so many others) support too.

    • txbluesman

      Sounds like you made a good choice. I am sure they will get it all figured out. Parents are smarter than some of you might think. I am one. LOL.

  • acostaisasmendi


    I know this is an Android site, and I’m an Android fan myself! But my dad has an iPad and he loves it and it’s easy to use for him.

    He also has an Android wich he struggles with because it’s way more difficult to use.

    • acostaisasmendi

      Oh, I see you already bought a TF PRIME. :P

  • aranea

    A couple more things on TF. The language processing is very good. It understands Turkish well and searches come out very clean. I wasn’t expecting that. I’m pleasantly surprised.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    Another vote for the iPad, I know, I know but hear me out. For the last 2 years I’ve been helping my mom with getting up to speed on a PC. Email, Web browsing and basic stuff like that. It has been 2 years! Sometimes the simplest option is the best. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

  • bryanizmir

    Aranea… I have a Asus TF101 and am able to set the system language to Turkish right out of the box with no additional downloads. I would assume most of the Asus line is similar.

    Good luck! Gule Gule kullan :)