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The 3 Best Tablets for Senior Citizens

Kannon Yamada 08-07-2017

Seniors often find themselves the butt of jokes about technological ineptitude. In truth, many senior citizens have as much an interest in technology as the punks who mock them. But finding tablets for senior citizens can be difficult—is the screen large enough? Is it easy to use? We’ve covered all the main points of finding the right tablet for the elderly.


Not every tablet will do for a crowd as discerning as senior citizens. They want a product that just works, and works well, but also provides access to books and videos as well as communication with family. Here are three picks wonderfully suited for those needs.

What Are Seniors Looking For in a Tablet?

Three words: a larger screen.

Smartphones try to squeeze everything into a 5-inch screen. Tablets, on the other hand, offer greater readability because of extra screen real estate. On top of that, Apple’s iPad and Android tablets can enlarge text. That alone makes it more useful for anyone with diminished eyesight.

After size, another feature to watch for is the simplicity of the user interface. Of the three most important tablet operating systems, each comes with their own shortcomings.

Android, for examples, requires substantial launcher customization before it’s optimized for senior use. iOS, on the other hand, requires less optimization—but cannot fully optimize for the elderly. Even the best Windows tablets The 5 Best Windows Tablets of 2019 If you want to stay productive on the go, you'll want a tablet laptop. Here are the best Windows tablets for you. Read More , on the other hand, come with so few apps that they aren’t worth mentioning.


1. Apple iPad mini 4

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The appearance of an iPad at the top of this list should surprise no one. Apple’s iOS has a reputation for simple and reliable operation. Its app selection is generally qualitatively better than competitors. But why pick the Apple iPad mini 4 instead of the regular iPad?

One reason is weight and size. While the iPad isn’t huge, many people find the lighter, thinner, smaller iPad mini easier to handle. Seniors who suffer from arthritis or weakness will appreciate the mini’s more manageable size. This is particularly true for those who want to read ebooks, as the smaller iPad is much easier to hold for long periods of time.


Price is also an advantage, as the iPad mini starts at around $350. Overall, the mini may not be exactly equal to the iPad, but it offers an improvement in size, heft, and screen quality.

However, for those on a budget, an older refurbished iPad mini 2 sells for less than $200 on Amazon. I don’t think it’s worth buying a refurbished model, but provided you can find a decent warranty, consider it a good option. Brand new, the older mini 2 sells for $300.

Already have an iPhone? Check out our iPhone tweaks for seniors 10 Useful Tweaks That Improve the iPhone for Seniors Some easy tweaks will make an iPhone easier to use for senior citizens. Here's our guide to making iOS better for the elderly. Read More .

2. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8



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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8 is, as a piece of hardware, not terribly interesting. The tablet sports a basic processor, a 1280 x 800 display, and the Alexa artificial intelligence. But none of these features are unheard of in this segment, even at the Fire HD 8’s bargain-basement price of $80.

What really sets this choice apart are Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa, and the Amazon media library. Aside from the obvious ability to read books purchased from Amazon, a Kindle Fire tablet performs many of the actions that an Amazon Echo can do. I won’t get into specifics, but you can watch a great video below:

Seniors who want a tablet for entertainment purposes will absolutely love the easy access to everything purchased via Amazon, and users who sign up for Amazon Prime will have access to a library of streaming video and also can “borrow” one ebook every month.


If an 8-inch screen feels too large, there’s an alternative: the Kindle Fire HD 7. Its smaller 7-inch display offers a resolution of just 1280 x 800, so movies don’t pop as they do on its big brother, but the Fire HD 7 weighs less. That makes it a great choice for seniors who want a tablet for browsing the web and reading books.

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

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If Android is your jam, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. It’s a 9.7-inch tablet with an insane combination of feather-like weight, a razor-thin profile, and amazing screen quality. Even compared to the iPad Mini, the Tab S2 feels better in every single way—except price. At around $500 for the latest model and around $300-400 for the previous model, you get what you pay for.

For those looking to pay less, try out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The Tab S2 offers pretty much the same device, for around $150 less.

A Viable Alternative: Samsung Chromebook Plus

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Tablets are a great choice, but if you’re considering a product in this category, there’s another item you might want to look at: a Chromebook. Specifically, the Samsung Chromebook Plus.

Chromebooks are laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS, a stripped-down operating system that largely centers on web browsing. Users can’t run Windows apps on a Chromebook, but anything that works through a browser (like Gmail, Dropbox or Google Hangout) works here.

It can even run Android apps! In all other respects, these systems are normal laptops with a conventional keyboard and touchpad. Prices range from $150 to $600, so if you can afford a tablet, you can afford one of these.

Whether this might be the better choice depends on your needs. Not every senior citizen likes touchscreens, and individuals who communicate a lot through Facebook or email may prefer the physical keyboard. Chromebooks are also great for browsing the web, thanks to their speedy performance and smooth touchpad gestures.

But there are some disadvantages to note. They don’t work very well as e-readers, can’t display movies in full HD, and force users into Google’s ecosystem (you can’t even log in without a Google account). If you’re tossing up between a tablet and a laptop because you prefer physical keys, don’t forget you can accessorize any tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard Need An Affordable Keyboard For Your Tablet? Here Are Some Good Options If you're getting a fair bit of use out of your tablet and looking for a keyboard to go with it, you may have no idea where to start. There are plenty of options out... Read More for longer stretches of typing.


This list doesn’t necessarily mean that other tablets aren’t suited for seniors. A tech-savvy individual will probably be comfortable with any option, and some (like the Samsung Note, which has a stylus) fill a very specific role. With that said, these picks provide good options for most people, and should be considered first.

For more on this topic, check out the best phones for seniors The 8 Best Cell Phones for Senior Citizens If you need a senior-friendly mobile device, here are some of the best cell phones for senior citizens. Read More .

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  1. Swetha
    July 10, 2017 at 6:35 am

    My grand mother is very much interested to get connected to this digital world. After a lot of research I have landed on this page. We used to stay in Dubai. As per a friend's suggestion, we rented an iPad Mini from and checked if she was comfortable with it. And yes, it worked.

    Thank you.

  2. Glen Goldsmith
    April 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    My wife and I actually did quite a bit of research and just got a great tablet for her parents. The tablet was designed just for seniors, primarily for them to be able to connect with their loved ones safely. The tablet, grandPad ( has changed their lives almost overnight. It is a remarkable service that comes with 24 hour support and is very simple to use. They don’t have to worry about passwords or many different fees from different providers. It’s a one stop package deal. The day their tablet arrived, my father-in-law was able to do a video chat with his son in Europe and it was the 1st time he had seen him “live” in over 4 years!

  3. Manik
    January 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Hey Ian using AOSP 7.1.1 v2... on Redmi 2 in v2 the battery is very good but in v3 after updating battery drain faster

  4. Anonymous
    June 23, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    This was a very interesting and helpful information. My wife and I did quite a bit of research and just got a great tablet for her parents. The tablet was designed just for seniors, primarily or them to be able to connect with their loved ones safely. The tablet, grandPad ( has changed their lives almost overnight. It is a remarkable service that comes with 24 hour support and is very simple to use. They don't have to worry about passwords or many different fees from different providers. It's a one stop package deal. The day their tablet arrived, my father-in-law was able to do a video chat with his son in Europe and it was the 1st time he had seen him “live” in over 4 years!

  5. David Khorram
    April 30, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I researched to get the best and easiest to use tablet. I was after The simplest way for my Mom and Dad to connect to the digital world. I made a check list based on ease of use and large fonts and icons

    I found a product called , ordered one and tested it . It was by far easier to use than standard tablet and large cell phones. I highly recommend the product and their friendly staff .

    More importantly, they have a plan that covers the tablet, applications, internet access. Just turn on play . We love it . I got another one for My Mom. I am always one click away.

    1- Just tap a picture to make a call
    2- Share pictures
    3- applications and games
    4-Send and receive emails
    5- Weather for them and family...
    6- Support staff ...
    7- View family photos and videos...
    8- Music videos...
    9- Internet encyclopedia and dictionary

  6. Chi
    December 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    The article is completely useless, but I love the comments on here, especially about Jerry dual booting the Nook HD+ - awesome! Sorry Ediz, about your stolen Nexus. Android Device Manager came out this year that lets you track your Android devices, just keep GPS enabled on your device. We use this all the time to locate my wife's phone.

    I was contemplating about getting my inlaws the iPad Air, but was afraid that they would just return it and send us a check because they hate it when we buy stuff for them. I actually picked up a Lenovo Yoga 10" tablet for $149 - super deal. It's got great user reviews and a 18 hour battery life. It's being delivered today. I want to load it up with some apps, but don't know what. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    We bought our kids the Nabi 2s last Christmas. It's super durable - our kids literally throw it around, but the battery on one of them seems to only last about as half as long as the other. I had to get a new wifi router to get the wireless working, and then the screen puts a lot of strain on your eyes. It's also a little buggy.

  7. Gloria Monroe
    December 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    This article was not that helpful to me. I am a 70 yr old woman who has learned how to use a computer but not computer savvy to all the lingo. I would like to get something smaller but have limited income so would like more info about pros & cons of different priced tablets. How do you know where the best place to buy is? People my age around here are not into computers so I do not have anyone to discuss this with.

  8. Westing House
    December 4, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This article is a joke. I came here looking for senior citizen tablets and I find these. LoL. It's great how we have many senior citizen commenters.

  9. Julianne
    December 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    What about getting someone a kid tablet instead? Like getting them a Nabi 2? Wouldn't that make more sense then the more complicated ones above? I'm thinking of getting a table for my mother and the big icons on the kids' tablets makes sense to someone whose eyesight is not what it used to be. Anyone?

  10. sheri lin
    November 27, 2013 at 3:37 am

    My mother was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's today. She does not use a computer. Her doctor recommended Luminosity. I want to buy her a VERY easy to use hand held or laptop with a large screen that she can use to access Luminosity. Using Luminosity will most likely be the only thing she does on the IPad/laptop. I am not concerned with the cost I want to get her something that is light weight and easy to see and use. I greatly appreciate your suggestions. I want to put this in place within the next couple of days while I am visiting her.

    Thank you,

  11. Jamie
    November 8, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I think I might be the intended audience for this piece. My mother is nearly 80. She has lived in a rural area her whole life. I want to help connect her to more news and information, but she has a difficult time with new technologies. I will have to have internet connected to her house (in her area this might involve extra charges to "run new cable") and I need to provide her with a SIMPLE device that offers her loads of reading options. A Kindle sounds great, but I would love her to have access to some of the more useful android apps. It's also imperative that I be able to load content for her remotely (e-books and photos, for example). A google account or similar would make that easy for me. I also need the device to connect to the internet flawlessly. The device needs to have a LONG battery life and needs to be very light weight and easy on the eyes. I wish the article had addressed some of these concerns.

    • Julianne
      December 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Jami---your situation sounds exactly like mine. My mom needs something simple! I was looking into getting a children's tablet like the Nabi 2. The icons are big and the whole thing looks really simple to use. I wrote a comment below and now I'm just waiting for any answers. julianne

  12. Lari Numminen
    November 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the interesting article and also for the comments by seniors!

    I'm glad to see Android and Nexus 7 have worked well for you guys. A few months ago I opted to get the Asus FonePad for my grandparents as it is essentially a cheaper than Nexus with a sim card slot.

    I got so excited about the challenge of making tablets more accessible to older folks that I got together with a friend and designed a new home screen for seniors. You can download it totally free at [Broken Link Removed] or by just searching for "Zilta."

    If you've got any more feedback about what irks you about tablet or smartphone interfaces, please share with us!

  13. FretsAlive
    November 1, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    "The appearance of an iPad at the top of this list will surprise no one. "
    It surprised me! I almost stopped reading right then!
    I'm glad I continued to read just to see the comments from elders and their use of the Nexus 7. My dad has a Nexus 7. He is 80 years old and NEVER used a computer. I gave it to him even though he said he would never use it. Now, I think he would be lost without it. He talks to it and searches any subject and has become very comfortable with it.
    To be fair, my 79 year old mother did not take to it as well. I am in the progress of finding something she can use without too much of a learning curve. She has a pc desktop with a keyboard and mouse. She has extreme arthritus and I am trying to find something with either voice or touch screen. She has a heavy southern accent so good luck with voice recognition! :)

  14. Fox Holt
    October 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Check out a tablet that was designed specifically for seniors.

  15. Ediz
    September 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I am 77 and manage very well and enjoy my second Nexus 7 (first stolen).

  16. john jacobs
    September 20, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    This review is a joke. iPad mini because elderly have " joint difficulties"?? Senior citizens are not that fragile.

  17. Erin (from
    September 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    To add to that: I am mainly Android myself but, both my mother and grandmother have been continually frustrated with desktop PC's & laptops and have recently made a rather easy transition to iPads. (Whatever works!)

  18. Erin (from
    September 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Wow, I am blown away by the seniors commenting in this article; You guys are awesome! The seniors and middle-agers in my life are not so tech-savvy, which is how I came across this headline but, it's great to hear from another side of the senior tech sector.

  19. likefunbutnot
    September 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Neither the Nook nor the Kindle have a particularly compelling launcher configuration; they're both designed more to showcase one's purchases and ability to make purchases in the future rather than serve as a computing environment.

    The ipad - and this is absolutely the ONLY nice thing I can say about one - at least has the advantage in this case in that there's more or less only one set of instructions to follow since there are approximately zero ways to customize the experience Apple demands that all its congregants follow.

    But many other Android tablets include a simple mode of some sort. It might be somewhat unfortunately named (e.g. "Kid Mode") but the end result would be the same: big icons and limited visible options, but the ability to turn it off when needed. I was hoping to see some discussion of things like that. My mother uses a 10" Samsung tablet with a very carefully chosen home screen setup and bluetooth keyboard. She found a Kindle Fire to be too confusing since its launcher regularly changes the icons shown on the home screen and the on-screen keyboard a little too hard to use for real typing.

    If I had a wishlist of software to have on a tablet that I was going to give to a less sophisticated user, I'd love to have some kind of web control over the Settings interface, home screen configuration and an ability to transfer files to or from the device. It's possible to automate photo uploads on iOS and on Android, but the killer features here would be to be able to see that "Oh, you accidentally took a 45 minute video of the inside of your purse and that's why you can't take any more pictures" or "Here, let's take all that Christmas music off now that it's April." As things stand now, the closest I can get is to use Google Drive and Picasa to put things someplace my Mom can find them, but that doesn't help for data that's already on the device.

  20. Jeff Schallenberg
    September 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Very poorly-researched article. What are your criteria for selecting the "best" tablet for "seniors"?
    I am 72, and my wife is 75. We both count on our Android tablets for news, shopping, gaming, communication and general research. In our case, the prime criterion was price. With Android, you can get inexpensive or free apps for all those uses, and there are many ways to adjust the user interface for reduced visual acuity or impaired hand-eye coordination. Older eyes don't benefit from Retina displays, which can bring the cost down considerably.

    You also didn't consider that lots of us "seniors" grew up with computers whose "user interface" was punched cards or paper tape! My first computer was an IBM 1410 running Fortran IV. So, many "seniors" have no problem working with modern UIs.

  21. Lee
    September 4, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Well, I am 60, husband is 68. I like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 inch because I read a lot of books and can get the writing big as I like. I can also get books from different sources, which is the only complaint with either Kindle or Nook. My husband likes his Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch.

  22. Alykhan
    September 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I teach seniors computers and we've completely switched over to iPads. Older seniors had a terrible time with the mouse/touchpad and navigating the start button and minimizing and maximizing windows was challenge.

    Since we've switched to iPads, the courseware has shifted from OS fundamentals to email, photos, Skype and picking the best apps for music and movies. Its amazing what a difference iPads have made to my students.

  23. Charles
    September 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I am a 80year old male and love my Nexus 7

  24. Jerry
    September 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I have the Nook HD+, I'm 68, I got it because I can dual boot it and run Android 4.1. The microSD allows this. I considered the Kindle but the $ for the Nook and the expansion. I like it.

  25. Bruce
    September 3, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, as a 72 year young senior I just purchased a Nexsus 7 2nd gen and love it. I have an iPod 4 for several years but now prefer the Nexsus.

  26. Marte B
    September 3, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Matt, you don't look like a senior citizen to me. I'd love to hear more about how you picked these tablets--did you consult with some older people to find out what it is that they really like?

    By the way, I'm 62 and I just bought a Galaxy Tab 2. Of course, my first computer was an IBM mainframe in 1969.