As someone at least into the lower edge of the age bracket in question... No tablets are not a better option. The displayed text is too small and other details are hard to read due to size. A much bigger display will help a great deal. On display keyboards don't enhance anything, either. A decent (let alone *good*) keyboard helps a lot.hansotten wrote: ↑Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:44 amWould a simple cheap tablet not be a better option? I like Raspberry's, can do a lot with them, but grab my tablet for these kind of socials and my big Windows 10 notebook/desktop for development work.
Tablets are so more compact and easier to work with. All communication with children and grandchildren is available (Facebook, browser mail,showing photos etc).A Pi, may be cheap, but it takes quite some effort and money to turn it into a desktop. Pi computers require keyboard, screen, mouse, SD card and some knowledge to operate.
Many seniors are retired and have even more time available for learning new things than typical school children. If the senior wants to learn programming, automate the sprinkler system, create a weather forecasting station or monitor wildlife and bird feeders, then the Raspberry Pi is an excellent choice. If the senior is not interested in computers or creating things but only wants email, netflix, facebook and skype, get a smartphone, tablet or windows notebook. It all depends on who the senior is and how they want to spend their retirement.
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