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Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My wife & I are moving to Australia later in the year. My parents are completely computer illiterate but really need some way of getting online, sending emails, printing, using Skype etc. I'm thinking that an iPad 2 might be one of the best options for them seeing as it would be a lot easier to get to grips with than a regular desktop/laptop computer. My take on the iPad is that you really need a computer as well in order to sync with iTunes & back things up. But my parents don't even know how to switch a computer on & they have no concept of backing things up or anything like that. That don't have any interest in learning either I think (too long in the tooth to start concerning themselves with such things!! ). So am I wrong? Can an iPad be used just on it's own without any real need for a computer? Or is it not a good choice for the folks? I'd like some advice before I start talking to them about the best thing/s to buy. I'm going to set them up with broandband & a wireless router ..... it's just what they use to connect!

 

Cheers


iPad 2
  • 1. Re: iPad for parents?
    Tom, Bangor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since the introduction of iOS 5 at the end of last year you no longer need a computer in conjunction with an iPad.

  • 2. Re: iPad for parents?
    Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tom, Bangor wrote:

     

    Since the introduction of iOS 5 at the end of last year you no longer need a computer in conjunction with an iPad.

     

    How so? Are we talking Cloud? I don't fully understand this myself so explaining it to the folks will be a challenge! Do you have to subscribe to this service? And is it secure? The folks will be appaled at the idea of having all their stuff stored 'in the Cloud' I think. But it does seem like the way forward. And not needing a computer is what this idea hinges on.

  • 3. Re: iPad for parents?
    Tom, Bangor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, via iCloud.

  • 4. Re: iPad for parents?
    Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tom, Bangor wrote:

     

    Yes, via iCloud.

    Cost?

  • 5. Re: iPad for parents?
    Tom, Bangor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Free, provided your storage is under 5gb. Thereafter you pay for it. Google iCloud and read all about it.

  • 6. Re: iPad for parents?
    Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Tom, Bangor wrote:

     

    Free, provided your storage is under 5gb. Thereafter you pay for it. Google iCloud and read all about it.

     

    Really?! Wow! That's fantastic. I didn't think it was free up to 5GB. That will be plenty for the folks.

     

    iPad is looking like the way forward more & more

  • 7. Re: iPad for parents?
    Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (21,255 points)

    Theoretically, getting online isnt' difficult. Once it's set up.

    e-mail should be fine, you just set the accounts up

    printing will be an issue. they'll need to have an airprint enabled printer (and that list is pretty short) and have it set up

    I have no experience with Skype

     

    I would also take them to a store and let them play with an iPad. Going by my mother, the on screen keyboard would drive her batty, so I'd have to get her a full sized bluetooth one and then they'd need to rig a desktop situation to use it. I have a Zagg Folio, which is a case and keyboard which works for me and makes the iPad like a tiny laptop, something like that might work for them, might not. All depends on their willingness to learn.

     

    You'll also need to get them an Apple ID and access to the App store so they can get programs on it.

     

    I think how well it will work depends on your parents willingness to learn and adapt (or if they toss a tizzy and get all frustrated when it doesn't work right the first time like my mother does). The former, get it and get it far enough ahead of time you can get them set up and teach them the basics. The latter....I'm not sure what will work honestly.

  • 8. Re: iPad for parents?
    PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)

    I agree with Skydiver's thoughts... with the additional recommendation that you see if they have a friend/neighbor who might be able to give them support that you can't give from across the ocean. While it is a fairly simple device, requiring less computer savvy than a Mac or PC, there are times when someone who is not computer literate will need hands-on assistance.

  • 9. Re: iPad for parents?
    Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (21,255 points)

    Nothing is harder than long distance tech support. Or more frustrating

  • 10. Re: iPad for parents?
    stellamaris5 Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    All I can add is - do not underestimate your parents

     

    And - yes the iPad is perfect for them if they have good eyesight and finger dexterity.

     

    If you can wait a little while you might be able to get the iPad3 soon.

  • 11. Re: iPad for parents?
    Kermit639 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hahaha I just spent 3 hours last night on the phone with my 70+ mum who lives 3000 miles away trying to help her activate her iPad 2. Result: lots of tears and iPad is still not working. LOL

     

    She got a 32GB with 3G but no sim card because she's not sure she wants to use the 3G right away.

    I advised to call tech support today. I also suggested she take it back and just get the regluar 32 GB without 3G (she'll never figure out to use it with 3 G anyway.) I am looking forward to finding whathappens next.

    Does anyone know if you can activate teh 3G without the Sim card?

     

    Anecdote: I told her to watch some videos on Youtube about activating the iPad. She asked me how to spell Youtube. (She's been on Youtube many times before...) The she thought iTunes and Youtube were the same thing. Sigh.

  • 12. Re: iPad for parents?
    stellamaris5 Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    Does Teamviewer work coming into the iPAD? I never tried it, I know there is an app.

  • 13. Re: iPad for parents?
    alanfromnewtownards Level 5 Level 5 (5,260 points)

    And what about a Netbook for half the price? Each have their advantage and disadvantage!

  • 14. Re: iPad for parents?
    steeleblue Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    You may need to set it up for them initially but after that they should be ok.  Since iOS 5 I have completely stopped syncing my iPad.  I think it would be very easy to not have a computer. 

     

    As for Skype, my husband and I both have iPads.  I bought mine last year and when he took a job overseas I got him one too.  We use FaceTime when we both have access to wifi but I travel a lot so when I don't have wifi we use Skype on 3G.  And at times his wifi connection maybe spotty we use Skype on wifi voice only.  You will love having Skype access.  For computer to computer it's free and that's worth it if for nothing else.  Of course they can use Skype on any computer but for folks who know nothing about computers and only need the capability to surf, get email, Skype -that sort of thing, the iPad is a good idea.

     

    Also, if they live in a town with an iPad store they can get help there too.

     

    Good luck.

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