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These days, Internet connectivity is considered a basic necessity, and for seniors, it can be a major source of protection against social isolation. Up to 90% of seniors have an internet connection through a home desktop or laptop computer, according to Pew Research Center, and a majority of seniors have begun to adopt mobile technologies as well. 

Still, many seniors struggle with mobile technologies, and often for reasons other than a lack of technological aptitude. The average smartphone screen measures from about 5 to 6.5 inches in diameter. This can make such a screen difficult for an older person with impaired vision to read, and a screen that size can also present challenges of manual dexterity for seniors who have arthritis or health conditions that cause weakness or unsteadiness in the hands.

While it is still somewhat unusual for a senior to own a tablet, they can be ideal devices for people of almost any age or ability level. The larger screen of a tablet presents the user with an easier reading experience, a larger surface area for touch engagement, and increased immersion in displayed content. Furthermore, tablets now have the same general capabilities as the average smartphone, often including support for on-board data and voice plans.

There are many great tablets available, but finding the best option for a senior involves understanding that individual’s technological competence, physical needs, and budget. We created this guide to help you understand your options and choose the tablet that is the best fit for your needs and budget. Our selections provide a mix of value and useful accessibility features for seniors, as well as a range of operating systems to choose from. We recommend that shoppers look for a tablet running an operating system with which they or the senior in their life are already at least somewhat familiar, though we have also included devices simplified enough for almost anyone to use with ease, such as The GrandPad and Amazon’s Fire tablets.

How We Chose the Best Tablets for Seniors

Best tablets for seniors

Relevant Features for Seniors

Aside from robust accessibility features for the visually and hearing impaired, such as font and icon size adjustment, magnification, and ample sound, our selected tablets for seniors also have features like onboard voice assistants, remote caregiver controls, and intuitive interface navigation. We also searched for devices that are compatible with a broad range of accessibility apps for seniors. These can include things like calendar and reminder apps, mind-stimulating games, and even launcher apps that further simplify a tablet’s home screen display and navigation.

Build Quality

We looked for tablets that have what it takes to last for at least the length of a lithium-ion battery’s average lifespan (about two years). We took various hardware features into consideration, such as waterproofing and drop-resistant body materials. We also considered other measures of quality, such as processing speeds, audio output, screen clarity, and battery size.

Price Range

Our selections cost between $65 and about $450 at the high end, though there are more feature-rich devices available from most of the brands represented here. We avoided tablets that cost more than $500 because, while these devices can be highly capable and beautifully designed, they are often not as powerful or practical as a small laptop that retails at the same price or even less. Note that many of the tablets we have listed may come in alternate builds that have faster processors, more internal storage, or higher-definition screens, though we have listed the best available value for each machine.

The Ten Best Tablets for Seniors

Tablet


Why We Recommend It


Operating System


Screen Size


Price


The GrandPad


Overall Best Tablet for Seniors


Android with Consumer Cellular custom interface


8 inches


$200


Amazon Fire 7


Best Tablet Under $100 for Seniors


Amazon Fire OS


7 inches


$65


Samsung Galaxy Tab A


Best Budget Samsung Tablet for Seniors


Android 9.0


7 inches


$130


Lenovo Tab 4


Best Tablet with Alexa Voice Assistant


Android 7.1


8 inches


$120


Apple iPad Mini 2


Most Affordable Apple Tablet 


Apple iPadOS 7


8 inches


$120


Amazon Fire 10 HD


Best Amazon Tablet for Seniors


Amazon Fire OS


10 inches


$150


Apple iPad


Best Tablet for the Visually Impaired


Apple iPadOS 11


10 inches


$330


Microsoft Surface Go


Best Tablet for Windows Users


Windows 10 in S Mode


10 inches


$399


Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e


Best Accessibility Features


Android 9.0


10.5 inches


$400


Microsoft Surface Pro 5


Best Tablet/Laptop Hybrid for Seniors


Windows 10 Home


12.5 inches


$435


The GrandPad by Consumer Cellular

Overall Best Tablet for Seniors

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Setup is guided by a representative
* Simple and large user interface
* Remote caregiver administrative tools
* Preloaded games made to stimulate the mind
* Send voice-recorded emails so there’s no need to type
* The Help feature connects users with live representatives
* Large digital buttons for navigation, text, and dialing
* Internet access can be limited for user safety
* Small, light, easy to hold
* Ships with included charging dock


User Interface and Operating System


Android OS with GrandPad custom interface 


Weight


10.5 ounces


Screen Size


8 inches


Screen Definition


Full HD


Average Battery Life


1 to 3 days


Available Colors


Red


Price


$200


The GrandPad is the ultimate senior-friendly device and is suitable for even the technologically uninitiated. This machine’s hardware design is heavily based on the Google Nexus 7 tablet and it is one of the most affordable tablets available that can house cell service provider SIM cards to offer data and calling without an external Wi-Fi connection. However, what makes the GrandPad a truly handy device is its software and help features, which are designed specifically for seniors at almost any stage of life or ability level. 

A standout feature of the GrandPad is that, after buying the device, owners receive one-on-one tutorial sessions over video call or in person to help them learn how to use their device. Sessions can take as long as the user needs them to and can be spread out over multiple days. During a tutorial session, customer service reps can also import the user’s contacts list, select emergency contacts, download songs they like, and set up the GrandPad to automatically import photos and videos that close contacts have shared on social media. 

Consumer Cellular ships the GrandPad pre-loaded with apps that allow caregivers to remotely manage the device, making it easy to be sure that a loved one doesn’t get overwhelmed by their GrandPad. This feature makes finding the device using GPS simple, too. Navigation of the device is also simplified with large arrow keys, and users have the benefit of pre-loaded apps that can help them find a rideshare, play games to stimulate their minds, send texts or recorded-voice emails, and more. 

The GrandPad’s Relevant Features for Seniors

The following are central aspects of what makes this device a good fit for most seniors. A complete list of The GrandPad’s apps and features can be found by visiting GrandPad.net.

  • Setup is fully assisted by a representative
  • Simple and large user interface
  • Remote caregiver administrative tools
  • Preloaded games made to stimulate the mind
  • Send voice-recorded emails so there’s no need to type
  • The Help feature connects users with live representatives
  • Large digital buttons for navigation, text, and dialing
  • Internet access can be limited by caregivers for safe navigation

Other Device Highlights

  • Built-in wireless connectivity through Consumer Cellular — no Wi-Fi required
  • Call blocking
  • Can make voice calls using carrier SIM card 
  • Full HD display
  • Ships with an included charging dock
  • Small and easy to hold

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for The GrandPad.

Amazon Fire 7

Best Tablet Under $100 for Seniors

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Comes with Amazon’s interactive voice assistant
* Show Mode provides enhanced visual information
* Can be used completely hands-free with voice commands
* Can be used to control Amazon smart home devices
* Access to Amazon Alexa Skills
* Highly simplified navigation and settings
* Small and easy to hold
* Text size adjustments and magnifier tool
* High-contrast text setting


User Interface and Operating System


Fire OS


Weight


10.1 ounces


Screen Size


7 inches


Screen Definition


Standard definition


Average Battery Life


Up to seven hours


Available Colors


Black, twilight blue, plum, sage


Price


$65


Amazon Fire 7 tablets are simpler than most of the other tabs listed here, due in part to their far more limited app store and inability to download apps from Google Play. Not a device for ‘power users’, the Fire tablet features a pared-down feature set, limited processing capacity, and an interface that is intended to be user-friendly and uncomplicated by custom options or excessive settings. However, most people who purchase a Fire 7 appreciate this device for its simplicity and its Amazon Alexa voice assistant. 

The real value of a Fire 7 comes from its access to the Alexa assistant’s Skills and its visually interactive, hands-free interface. This device can do everything that Amazon’s home assistant devices, such as the Dot, can do, but its 7-inch screen also provides enlarged visual cues that work in tandem with Alexa, which provides fully voice-activated navigation of the device itself. For $65, users get a device that’s easy to hold thanks to its compact screen size, a basic processor, one gigabyte of RAM, and a display that offers standard definition.

To learn about the Fire 7’s accessibility settings, view this page at Amazon.com.

The Fire 7’s Relevant Features for Seniors

While the Fire tablets are not made only for seniors, they happen to be ideal for seniors who need a highly simplified and intuitive device. The Fire 7’s Alexa assistant adds to the simplicity of using this tablet and any smart home devices that support Alexa connectivity, such as lights, switches, and thermostats from brands like Samsung’s SmartThings, WeMo, Philips Hue, and many more. 

Amazon’s Show Mode can also be incredibly helpful for seniors, as it provides enhanced visual information in response to user commands and other functions, such as alarms and reminders. Fire tablets do support remote device management, but the supported features only include lost device location and screen locking or downloadable content management through Amazon. 

The Fire 7’s relevant features for seniors include the following.

  • Show Mode provides enhanced visual information, such as large images and magnified text, along with Alexa’s audible feedback
  • Can be used completely hands-free with voice commands
  • Can be used to control Amazon smart home devices
  • Access to Amazon Alexa Skills
  • Highly simplified navigation and settings
  • Small and easy to hold
  • Text size adjustments and magnifier tool
  • High-contrast text setting

Other Device Highlights

  • Small 7-inch SD screen is still larger than most smartphones
  • MicroSD card slot adds expandable memory
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • Standard size audio jack included
  • Quad-core processor providing 1.3 GHz
  • Comes in black, twilight blue, plum, or sage

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Amazon Fire 7.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Best Budget Samsung Tablet for Seniors

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Exceptionally comprehensive accessibility settings
* Easy Mode simplifies home screen layout and enlarges on-screen items
* Bixby voice assistant performs many functions by voice command
* Small and very light at less than one ounce
* Samsung interface is famously user-friendly
* Access to support apps for seniors through Google Play


User Interface and Operating System


Android 9.0


Weight


9.76 ounces


Screen Size


7 inches


Screen Definition


HD (1280 x 800)


Average Battery Life


10 hours


Available Colors


Silver, black, white, blue


Price


Starts at $129.99


The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is one of this brand’s few tablets that you can buy for close to $100, and it features one of the most user-friendly Android-based interfaces on the market as well as Samsung’s sleek design qualities.

Samsung can be an ideal brand for users who desire a more extensive set of accessibility features than other brands offer. However, buyers should be aware that this high level of customizability makes Samsung tablets somewhat complex to set up and adjust. Navigating a Samsung tablet’s settings menus can make setup time-consuming, though users should remember that these devices now come with a search function that allows them to search for a setting by name.

The Tab A comes in multiple build options at various price points, including a Tab A with a slightly larger screen (8 inches rather than 7) and versions that provide more battery life and faster processing speeds. For users who desire an on-board internet connection, the Tab A is available with SIM card slots that are compatible with the service provider of your choice. However, this option will cost you at least twice as much, and the price we have listed is for the most basic, Wi-Fi only version of the Tab A.

To learn about all of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A’s accessibility settings, including Easy Mode, visit this page at Samsung.com.

The Galaxy Tab A’s Relevant Features for Seniors

Samsung’s Family Share function allows multiple Samsung device users to share a common calendar and set reminders for one another, and also to post notes for the group and share photos. Galaxy Tab A users also enjoy the following helpful features for seniors.

  • Easy Mode simplifies home screen layout and enlarges on-screen items
  • Bixby voice assistant performs many functions by voice command
  • Small and very light 
  • Samsung interface is famously user-friendly
  • Access to support apps for seniors through Google Play
  • Exceptionally comprehensive accessibility settings

Other Device Highlights

  • MicroSD card slot for expandable memory
  • Quad-core processor provides 1.3GHz
  • 1.5GB of RAM and at least 8GB of internal storage
  • Comes with two free months of YouTube Premium
  • Standard audio jack
  • Long battery life of about 10 hours
  • Sleek and attractive design

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A.

The Lenovo Tab 4

Best Tablet with Alexa Voice Assistant

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Enhanced audio with Dolby Atmos surround sound and front-facing speakers
* Comes with the Alexa voice assistant providing hands-free usage
* Thin and lightweight body is easy to hold
* Font size adjustment and high-contrast text settings
* Magnifier and large mouse cursor options
* Users can elect to use spoken passwords rather than typing
* Access to assistance apps for seniors through Google Play Store


User Interface and Operating System


Android 7.1


Weight


10.88 ounces


Screen Size


8 inches


Screen Definition


HD (1280 x 800)


Average Battery Life


About 15 hours


Available Colors


Black


Price


$120


The Lenovo Tab 4 offers seniors a great price for a tablet with a high definition screen, enhanced sound, and battery life that outlasts devices that cost twice as much. Though we have featured the most affordable version of the Tab 4, this device is also available with a 10-inch screen (the Tab 4 10) or a larger battery (the Tab 4 8 Plus). The Tab 4 runs the Android 7.1 operating system, and while Lenovo devices may not offer as many accessibility settings as a Samsung device, this tablet features ample text and display adjustment options for the visually and hearing impaired. 

A newly added feature that many seniors will love about the Tab 4 is that, through Lenovo’s Smart Assistant app, users get access to the Amazon Alexa voice assistant, which they can use to navigate their device, operate certain apps, and connect with compatible smart home devices. And with the purchase of the Lenovo Home Assistant Dock, the Lenovo Tab 4 becomes a visually enhanced status window for the Alexa assistant, though in a more limited fashion than Amazon Fire tablets. However, the Tab 4 offers a much larger selection of apps than Amazon’s Fire tablets by providing access to the Google Play store rather than limiting users to Amazon’s proprietary apps.

To learn about the Lenovo Tab 4’s accessibility settings, visit Lenovo.com.

The Lenovo Tab 4’s Relevant Features for Seniors

The Lenovo Tab 4 is billed as a family entertainment tablet, and it lives up to that title with an interface that is simple and intuitive enough for children or technologically uninitiated seniors to use. The following are some of the Tab 4’s features that seniors will appreciate.

  • Dolby Atmos technology boosts audio and simulates surround sound with or without headphones
  • Comes with the Alexa voice assistant enabling hands-free usage
  • Front-facing speakers deliver clearer sound
  • Thin and lightweight body is easy to hold
  • Font size adjustment and high-contrast text settings
  • Magnifier and large mouse cursor options
  • Users can elect to use spoken passwords rather than typing
  • Access to assistance apps for seniors through Google Play Store

Other Device Highlights

  • 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM
  • Quad core, 64 bit Snapdragon processor
  • MicroSD slot for expandable memory
  • Combination audio jack
  • Compatible with the Lenovo Home Assistant Dock

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Lenovo Tab 4.

The Apple iPad Mini 2

Most Affordable Apple Tablet

Relevant Features for Seniors


* HD Retina Display with high pixel density for the visually impaired
* Medical ID card in Apple’s Health app
* Apple’s accessibility features make display items larger and simpler to navigate
* Hearing aids with ‘Made for iPhone’ compatibility are widely available
* Siri Shortcuts feature simplifies verbal device navigation 
* Siri voice assistant carries out basic and complex verbal commands


User Interface and Operating System


Apple iPadOS 7


Weight


11.68 ounces


Screen Size


7.9 inches


Screen Definition


HD Retina Display (2048 x 1536) 


Average Battery Life


10+ hours


Available Colors


Space Gray, silver, white


Price


$120 (refurbished)


The iPad Mini 2 is not Apple’s newest version of the Mini and new devices of this model are no longer sold by Apple. However, this device can be purchased refurbished directly from Apple or from Amazon Renewed for as little as $120. The Mini 2 is, even now, a quality tablet with above-average hardware and intuitive software, and it provides access to Apple’s proprietary ecosystem of apps and features. This tablet can be a great buy for people who have a moderate understanding of smart technology and who may need a more well-defined and vivid display to make viewing easier on their eyes. 

What stands out about this device, other than its relative affordability and beautiful screen, are its accessibility settings and apps that benefit seniors. Apple devices ship with options for users to lock apps, make the tablet easier to read and to make certain apps more easily accessible by featuring them in larger form on the homescreen. 

Another useful feature for seniors is Apple’s Health app, which features a digital Medical ID card that users can fill out with their personal info and medical needs. The Medical ID card can be viewed even if the device is locked, making fast access to the device owner’s vital information readily available to healthcare professionals.

To learn about the iPad Mini 2’s accessibility settings, visit Apple.com.

The iPad Mini’s Relevant Features for Seniors

Apple’s Siri voice assistant is an important feature for seniors as it allows the user to navigate their device and use many of the iPad’s apps completely hands-free. However, an iPad Mini 2 that requires an external Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet will not support GPS tracking. 

The following are great features of the iPad Mini 2 for seniors.

  • HD Retina Display with high pixel density for the visually impaired
  • Medical ID card in Apple’s Health app
  • Available with SIM card support with no external Wi-Fi needed
  • Apple’s accessibility features make display items larger and simpler to navigate
  • Hearing aids Made for iPhone compatibility are widely available
  • Siri Shortcuts feature makes verbal navigation easy
  • Siri voice assistant carries out basic and complex verbal commands

Other Device Highlights

  • iCloud app provides easy data backup and retrieval
  • 16GB of flash memory and 1GB of RAM
  • Access to Apple’s proprietary app ecosystem
  • Industry leading hardware for a low price
  • Small, lightweight and easy to hold

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the iPad Mini 2.

The Amazon Fire HD 10

Best Amazon Tablet for Seniors 

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Loud dual speakers 
* High-definition screen
* Show Mode provides enhanced visual information, such as large images and magnified text, along with Alexa’s audible feedback
* Can be used completely hands-free with voice commands
* Can be used to control Amazon smart home devices
* Access to Amazon Alexa Skills
* Highly simplified navigation and settings
* Text size adjustments and magnifier tool
* High-contrast text setting
* Large, carousel-style home screen shows most frequently used apps


User Interface and Operating System


Amazon Fire OS


Weight


17.4 ounces


Screen Size


10.1 inches


Screen Definition


Full HD


Average Battery Life


Up to 10 hours


Available Colors


Black, Blue, Orange


Price


$149.99


With its easy-to-use interface and Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is one of the best devices you can buy for under $150. Though this device operates with a heavily modified version of the Android OS, it cannot download apps from Google’s Play Store as most other Android devices can. Instead, the Fire HD 10 is intended for use with Amazon’s apps and services, of which there should be plenty to suit seniors with a moderate understanding of smart technology and low-volume usage habits.

This tablet is on the larger side with its 10-inch display and 17.4 ounce weight, but Amazon offers the Fire HD 10 with a separately sold case/stand that holds the tablet upright on a flat surface while it charges. The device’s Alexa integration is its main benefit for seniors. The Fire HD 10 can be switched on by voice command, and navigating its apps and menus is easily done hands-free.

To learn about the Fire 10 HD’s accessibility settings, view this page at Amazon.com.

The Fire HD 10’s Relevant Features for Seniors

The Fire 7’s Alexa assistant adds to the simplicity of using this tablet and any smart home devices that support Alexa connectivity, such as lights, switches, and thermostats from brands like Samsung’s SmartThings, WeMo, Philips Hue, and many more. Amazon’s Show Mode can also be incredibly helpful for seniors, as it provides enhanced visual information in response to user commands and other functions, such as alarms and reminders.

Though the Fire HD 10 has features and a price point that make it a great choice for seniors, caregivers should be aware that this device does not support GPS. 

The Amazon Fire HD 10’s most relevant features for seniors include:

  • Loud dual speakers 
  • High-definition screen
  • Show Mode provides enhanced visual information, such as large images and magnified text, along with Alexa’s audible feedback
  • Can be used completely hands-free with voice commands
  • Can be used to control Amazon smart home devices
  • Access to Amazon Alexa Skills
  • Highly simplified navigation and settings
  • Large, carousel-style home screen shows most frequently used apps
  • High-contrast text setting

Other Device Highlights

  • Low-cost device with a solid build quality
  • Sufficient availability of Amazon apps for moderate usage
  • Great for streaming movies and TV or reading eBooks
  • Quad-core processor offering 1.5GHz processing speeds
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Available with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Amazon Fire 10 HD.

The Apple iPad

Best Tablet for the Visually Impaired

Relevant Features for Seniors


* HD Retina Display with high pixel density for the visually impaired
* Medical ID card in Apple’s Health app
* Fingerprint reader eliminates the need to remember a device passcode
* Available with SIM card support with no external Wi-Fi needed
* Apple’s accessibility features make display items larger and simpler to navigate
* Hearing aids Made for iPhone compatibility are widely available
* Siri Shortcuts feature makes verbal interface navigation easy
* Siri voice assistant carries out basic and complex verbal commands


User Interface and Operating System


iPadOS 11


Weight


16.48 ounces


Screen Size


10.2 inches


Screen Definition


HD Retina (2048 x 1536)


Average Battery Life


Up to 10 hours


Available Colors


Space grey, gold, silver


Price


$330 


The Apple iPad is currently on its 6th generation, and this device offers some of the most sophisticated yet user-oriented functionality available. While the iPad can be suitable for technologically uninitiated seniors and even children, it still provides enough processing power and intuitive software features to be a great tablet for seniors who may use productivity apps to create documents, spreadsheets, and searchable notes. It also features a large, 10.2-inch version of Apple’s HD Retina Display, offering users one of the clearest and most vivid tablet displays available.

Caregivers who are shopping for a device intended for a loved one will appreciate  Apple’s Health app. The app features a digital Medical ID card that users can fill out with their personal info and medical needs, and which can be displayed even when the device is locked. Apple’s Siri voice assistant is also a key feature as it is completely integrated with Apple’s hardware to provide hands-free device navigation as well as voice-only use of many apps.

To learn more about the iPad’s accessibility settings, visit Apple.com.

The iPad’s Relevant Features for Seniors

While this device is one of the heavier tablets featured in this guide (16.4 ounces), it is arguably one of the most sophisticated and easy-to-use tablets available. The following are the 6th generation iPad’s most relevant features for seniors.

  • Large HD Retina Display with high pixel density for the visually impaired
  • Medical ID card in Apple’s Health app
  • Fingerprint reader eliminates the need to remember a device passcode
  • Available with SIM card support with no external Wi-Fi needed
  • Apple’s accessibility features make display items larger and simpler to navigate
  • Hearing aids with Made for iPhone compatibility are widely available
  • Siri Shortcuts feature makes verbal interface navigation easy
  • Siri voice assistant carries out basic and complex verbal commands

Other Device Highlights

  • iCloud app provides easy data backup and retrieval
  • Access to Apple’s proprietary app ecosystem
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 64 bit fusion chip supports productivity and multitasking
  • Many compatible accessories including attachable keypad, charging dock, and smart home products

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Apple iPad.

Microsoft Surface Go

Best Tablet for Windows Users

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Many seniors are already familiar with Windows 10 operating system
* Built-in kickstand makes device easier to hold
* Extensive display settings to aid visual impairment and eye strain
* Cortana voice assistant makes searching for settings and apps easy
* Customizable screen magnifier


User Interface and Operating System


Windows 10 in S Mode


Weight


1.15 pounds


Screen Size


10 inches


Screen Definition


HD (1800 x 1200)


Average Battery Life


About 9 hours


Available Colors


Black, burgundy, cobalt blue, platinum


Price


$399


The Microsoft Surface Go is a larger tablet that is ideal for seniors who are already familiar with Windows desktop software. As most seniors already have a desktop computer at home, this tablet can significantly reduce the learning curve involved with adopting mobile technology. Furthermore, the Surface Go is one of the most powerful tablets available, with processing power and Windows apps to rival a high-end laptop and lots of options to upgrade its processing speeds and other capacities.

The Surface Go is sold with full Windows 10 software, but ships in Microsoft’s S Mode, which adds greater security and stability by confining app downloads to those that come only from the Microsoft store. This makes it more difficult for malware to get into the Go, though if the user desires, they have the option to switch off S Mode and simply use Windows 10 Home, the same operating system used on Windows desktop computers.

The Surface Go features a kickstand that is built into the back, making the large, 10-inch screen easier to hold and very stable on flat surfaces. Various accessories are sold separately, including the Alcantara keyboard, which provides a springy typing experience for seniors who wish to use their Surface Go for productivity or extensive writing. The keyboard retails at $129.

To learn about Microsoft’s accessibility settings, visit Microsoft.com.

The Surface Go’s Relevant Features for Seniors

Microsoft mobile devices running Windows 10 offer some of the most comprehensive accessibility settings you’ll find on a tablet. Seniors will also appreciate the following features.

  • Many seniors are already familiar with Windows 10 operating system
  • Built-in kickstand makes device easier to hold
  • Extensive display settings to aid visual impairment and eye strain
  • Cortana voice assistant makes searching for settings and apps easy 
  • Customizable screen magnifier

Other Device Highlights

  • 64GB on internal storage 
  • 4GB of RAM is more than many tablets offer
  • Capable Intel processor makes the Go suitable for productivity
  • MicroSD card slot for expandable memory

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Surface Go.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Best Accessibility Features

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Easy Mode simplifies homescreen layout and enlarges on-screen items
* Exceptionally comprehensive suite of accessibility settings
* Access to support apps for seniors through Google Play
* Samsung interface is famously user-friendly
* Fingerprint sensor for password-free unlocking of device and apps
* Ultra-high resolution display uses OLED technology to enhance clarity
* Bixby voice assistant performs many functions by voice command


User Interface and Operating System


Android 9.0


Weight


14.1 ounces


Screen Size


10.5 inches


Screen Definition


UHD (2560 x 1600)


Average Battery Life


About 12 hours


Available Colors


Black, gold, silver


Price


$399.99


Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is one of Samsung’s more affordable tablets at $399.99. For this price, users get a large Super AMOLED display with more crisp definition than the previously mentioned Galaxy Tab A provides, making the display easier for visually impaired users to see. Samsung is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly Android brands available, and with the Tab S5e, you’ll get all of the brand’s extensive accessibility features as well as a fast processor and ample device storage.

One advantage of buying the Tab S5e rather than the Galaxy Tab A is that this device comes with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Fingerprint sensors make unlocking the device easy as users do not have to remember a passcode, and apps that require login information can often use the device’s recorded fingerprints to provide their own password-free security, significantly reducing the number of passwords users must remember.

Users who desire the newest version of Android’s software should also consider this device over the Galaxy Tab A. With the most recent iteration of the Android operating system on board, the Galaxy Tab S5e can more smoothly integrate apps for seniors that can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

To learn about all of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e’s accessibility settings, including Easy Mode, visit this page at Samsung.com.

The Galaxy Tab S5e’s Relevant Features for Seniors

This device features a large screen, and Samsung’s Family Share function allows multiple Samsung device users to share a common calendar and set reminders, and also to post notes for the group and share photos. The following are some of this device’s other relevant features for seniors.

  • Easy Mode simplifies home screen layout and enlarges on-screen items
  • Exceptionally comprehensive suite of accessibility settings
  • Access to support apps for seniors through Google Play
  • Samsung interface is famously user-friendly
  • Fingerprint sensor for password-free unlocking of device and apps
  • Ultra-high resolution display uses OLED technology to enhance clarity
  • Bixby voice assistant performs many functions by voice command

Other Device Highlights

  • MicroSD slot for expandable storage
  • 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM
  • Upright charging dock available separately
  • More powerful processor than the featured Galaxy Tab A
  • Large 10.5-inch screen with Super AMOLED technology

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5

Best Tablet/Laptop Hybrid for Seniors

Relevant Features for Seniors


* Windows 10 operating system is already familiar to many seniors
* Capable graphics engine and high-def screen for a clearer, more vivid display
* Built-in kickstand makes device easier to hold
* Extensive display settings to aid visual impairment and eye strain
* Cortana voice assistant makes searching for settings and apps easy
* Customizable screen magnifier


User Interface and Operating System


Windows 10 Home


Weight


1.69 pounds


Screen Size


12.5


Screen Definition


UHD (2736 x 1824)


Average Battery Life


About 12 hours


Available Colors


Platinum


Price


$435


Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 is the previous iteration of the Surface Pro line, so while it doesn’t have this year’s cutting edge features, the Surface Pro 5 is still a highly desirable device retailing at a more affordable price than the Surface Pro 6. You’ll find many tablets from brands like Apple and Samsung that retail at much higher prices but do not offer the capability or beautifully crisp display of the Surface Pro 5.

Like the Surface Go featured above, this machine runs the Windows 10 operating system. This makes it an ideal device for seniors who need a mobile device and already have at least a functional understanding of how to use Windows 10 software. Furthermore, the larger screen of the Surface Pro 5 makes this a more ideal device for seniors who do a lot of typing, and a separately sold keyboard is available in a range of colors.

What sets the Surface Pro 5 apart from the Surface Go and justifies its $450 price tag is that this is a tablet/laptop hybrid. It has a larger, 12.5-inch screen with much clearer definition, faster processing speeds for multitasking and productivity, and a more sophisticated graphics card that makes images and videos more dynamic and vivid. The Surface Pro 5 also has a built-in kickstand on the back, so even though the screen is the size of those you’ll find on small laptops, it can still be easily balanced in the hand and on flat surfaces. 

To learn about Microsoft’s accessibility settings, visit Microsoft.com.

The Surface Pro 5’s Relevant Features for Seniors

Like the Surface Go, the Surface Pro 5 is a great device for seniors who have experience using Windows 10, as they will find it easier to adjust and use this tablet than a device that runs unfamiliar software. The following are some more of the Surface Pro 5’s relevant features for seniors.

  • Capable graphics engine and high-definition screen for clearer and more vivid display
  • Built-in kickstand makes device easier to hold
  • Extensive display settings to aid visual impairment and eye strain
  • Cortana voice assistant makes searching for settings and apps easy 
  • Customizable screen magnifier

Other Device Highlights

  • Intel Iris and HD graphics make photos and videos crystal clear
  • Intel M3 processor with faster options available
  • 128GB of internal memory and 4GB of RAM
  • Small attachable keyboard has good tactility (sold separately)

Click here for a list of hardware specifications for the Surface Pro 5.

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Tablet for Seniors

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Step 1: Find a Device that You Feel Capable of Setting Up Without Difficulty

Device setup is important when purchasing a tablet for a senior. Buyers will want the device to be intuitive and easy for the senior in their life to use as this will limit the possibility of confusion and encourage active use of the device. The caregiver or the end-user of a tablet should be confident in their ability to set up such a device after purchasing it, and without undue time burden. 

Setup of a new tablet involves multiple actions, such as determining easy-to-remember passwords, saving fingerprints for easy login, arranging the home screen to be as intuitive as possible, and turning on any assistive features that may be needed, such as enlarged or high-contrast text or text-to-speech screen readers. If you need help understanding what settings you’ll need to take care of to get a new tablet user-ready, multiple guides are available online for how to set up a mobile device specifically for a senior.

Most consumers will have an existing competency for certain device brands and operating systems, so it may be best to look for a device that will already be at least somewhat familiar to the person who will be responsible for device setup. For this reason, people who have never used an Android device may want to steer clear of brands like Samsung or Lenovo. While these devices boast the Android operating system’s extensive list of available settings, including a robust set of accessibility settings, that sheer number of options can make the first-time setup quite time-consuming and maybe a little confusing.

For users and caregivers who have little to no experience using mobile technologies, including smartphones and tablets, setup may be easiest with devices that have more limited feature sets and basic capabilities. Windows tablets and Amazon’s Fire tablets are great options in this case as these devices are made with simplicity in mind. However, buyers should be aware that setting up a Fire tablet’s most useful function for seniors — the Alexa voice assistant — will require the end-user to ‘train’ the voice assistant to recognize their words, and may involve at least some slightly complicated adjustment.

Step 2: Search for the Device’s Available Accessibility Settings

When considering the user’s potential future needs, it’s important to review the accessibility settings of potential devices to ensure that if serious hearing or vision loss should occur, they can still enjoy their tablet. To make these settings easier to learn about before you purchase a tablet, we have included links to all of our selected devices’ accessibility feature lists within each of our product listings above.

Step 3: Determine Hearing Aid Compatibility

All of the tablets listed here have a hearing aid compatibility rating of at least M3/T3, which is the current standard promoted by the American National Standards Institute. However, a popular trend among quality hearing aid brands has been to manufacture their aids with ‘Made for iPhone’ functionality. 

In many cases, this means that Made for iPhone hearing aids are more smoothly integrated with Apple phones and tablets than those of other brands, and that fewer additional accessory purchases may be needed to stream sound directly from an Apple device to a user’s hearing aids. Owners of Made for iPhone hearing aids may want to consider purchasing an iPhone or iPad when shopping for a mobile device.

Step 4: Understand Device Pricing Structure

Many tablet models are available in different hardware configurations. You may find one type of tablet available with a higher-definition screen, a faster processor, or larger storage capacity, and as a result, you’ll find the same device listed at a very broad range of prices. To find all configurations that a device is offered in, it’s usually best to view that device on the manufacturer’s website, as other retailers, like Best Buy or Amazon, may not offer all available configurations or may sell them across different product pages that make reviewing your options online more tedious.

Step 5: Review the Warranty Options Before You Buy

Though any new tablet you buy will be covered by a basic manufacturer’s warranty that at least covers defective parts, the extended warranty options you’ll be offered will be contingent upon where you choose to purchase your tablet. The tablets listed here are all available for sale through their manufacturers, all of which offer some type of extended warranty to cover use-related damage or loss. But these tablets are also available from other retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Costco. These retailers all provide their own terms and conditions (and prices) for their extended warranties, so determining the best place to buy your tablet should be a process determined not only by who has the best price, but also where you can get the best warranty coverage. Also, keep in mind that buying a device directly from the manufacturer can make getting repairs down the road a faster and possibly cheaper process.

FAQs

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Are there many tablets made specifically for seniors?

The only tablet currently on the market that is engineered and programmed specifically for seniors is The GrandPad from Consumer Cellular. This device is the best option for seniors who have a very limited understanding of mobile technology and who have significant caregiving needs. To learn about The GrandPad and to find out how to purchase it, view our coverage of this device here.

Can a tablet be equipped with its own data plan to get the internet anywhere, like a cell phone can?

Some tablets, including The GrandPad, come with SIM card slots that allow them to be equipped with their own on-board internet access, to be paid for on a monthly basis by the user. This is a useful feature for seniors who may travel a lot or spend time outside the home as having a provider SIM card in a tablet will mean that it doesn’t require an external Wi-Fi connection. 

Many tablets are available in both ‘Wi-Fi only’ and carrier-compatible versions. However, in most cases, a carrier-compatible tablet will cost far more than a Wi-Fi only version — sometimes more than twice as much. If you desire a tablet that will be usable outside the home and away from public Wi-Fi connections, it may be more cost-effective to purchase a portable hotspot device that can provide its own Wi-Fi to which other devices can be connected. Most internet service providers offer these devices at a low cost and offer data-only plans to support their use. 

Why would I need a tablet if I already have a smartphone?

This is a natural question to ask. For lots of people, a tablet wouldn’t fill a need that isn’t already met by other mobile devices they own, such as a smartphone or laptop. However, for older people who carry a basic cellphone that does not have much or any smart functionality, a tablet can be much less cumbersome and more convenient than a large desktop computer as many tablets can be carried in a pocket or purse. 

Also, as mentioned at the beginning of this guide, tablets provide the unique benefit of a large, but still mobile screen. A larger screen on a mobile device can make games more engaging, make navigating a device by touch easier, and can generally make the information on the screen much more visible than it would be with a smartphone.

Which tablet has the simplest and most intuitive interface?

The answer to that question is always, ‘whichever interface the end-user has the most practical experience with’. Many older adults do not use a mobile device very extensively but do have a desktop computer at home running either Windows or Apple software. For these consumers, it may be best to search for a tablet that runs Windows 10 or Apple’s iOS.

Why are Amazon Fire tablets cheaper if you opt to buy them “with special offers”?

Amazon’s ‘special offers’ are targeted and generally unobtrusive adds that may show on the device’s lock screen or home screen, or within Amazon apps displayed on the device. By paying a little more for your Fire tablet, you’ll receive a device that provides a largely ad-free user experience. But, the “with special offers” option does not affect the tablet’s functionality whatsoever, and can be a great choice for those looking to keep costs down.