A Tablet (computer) for Your Parents

Lenovo Tab M10 (HD)

Since Corona happened, I am shook at how quickly most parents have adapted to tech life. All the resistance and disapprovals at online shopping have made way for ordering mangoes through Facebook and downloading Daraz’s app (yes Mother India, I am looking at you).

While you can do most of what an elderly person can and wants to do online through a smart phones, I think it is still a good idea to have a proper device at home as well, especially if a home does not have a smart TV (like mine doesn’t. I think the TV in my home is 15 years old, no kidding. The fridge is 30 years old. That’s Mother India’s superpower – keeping things alive much longer than you and I combined).

Anyway. So I wanted them to have a laptop but after much discussion among children of the house, we concluded that it might not be the best idea as they are not used to computers, and a laptop would be harder to adjust to. A tablet, on the other hand, is more like a phone that they have been using for years, just bigger (and better).

Now comes the difficult bit – deciding on a brand and a model. Considering their limited use, requirements, need for it to be affordable, and possibly useful for small children as well, we consulted tech people in the family (I love how I make our family sound like Raichand parivaar, with a tech person and a financial consultant at our disposal). Another important consideration was after sales service, so the brand had to be available and accessible in Pakistan. After a whole lot of deliberation, we decided upon…

*drum roll*


It is perfect for regular, slightly older people (if I can Mother India old publicly, I might not get entry into the house, so..you know), who are likely to use it for average browsing, making calls, watching WhatsApp videos at an inappropriate volume and YouTube totkas for EVERYTHING you can imagine.

Let’s get down to the specs:

processorQualcomm® Snapdragon ™ 429, quad-core, 2 GHz
operating systemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Display25.7 cm (10.1 “) HD IPS display (1,280 x 800) with capacitive 10-point multi-touch
Main memory2 GB RAM Up to 32 GB ROM Supports up to 256 GB microSD
battery packUp to 8 hours of 720p video playback * May vary depending on usage
Audio2 x front speakers Dolby Audio ™
cameraBack: 5 MP with autofocus Front: 2 MP prime lens
Dimensions (W x D x H)16.9 cm x 24.3 cm x 0.85 cm
Weight480 g
Network connections802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz) Bluetooth® 4.2
Connections / slotsmicroSD / SIM card reader 2 x pogo pins (spring contact pins) Micro USB Audio connection
colourSlate black Polar white

Factors that were most important to me were that it has a10.1” HD IPS display (1,280 x 800), quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, weighs 480g, two front speakers and Dolby Audio (important factor for us) and has a child mode (so your folk(ses) don’t get naughty). Also, you can increase the overall font size (which you can do in all devices though).

But here’s the thing that you need to know: I wouldn’t buy the same tablet for myself. I need something more powerful, with higher processing capacity and resolution, as I need to edit my photos and videos. If that weren’t the case, this could work for me. I am not a gamer or a developer, and I don’t care for 4K resolution either. So if you need any of those things, this is probably not for you either. 

It makes a great gadget for people above 50, who only need basic functions as far as their online needs are concerned.

So tell me, do your parents use a laptop or tablet, or are they happy with just smart phones in their lives?

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