Many seniors are now deciding to venture into computers and the internet for the first time. One of the most popular reasons is to keep in touch with family, via email, Skype and social media. The question they are asking is what should I buy? I only want one device, what is best for me? These are excellent questions and there is no one universal answer for everybody. Knowledge is power, so we will give you some points to ponder when considering your purchase.
Buying a computer was always considered a persons’ first entry into the world of technology. These days there are pros and cons and we will consider them.
- A computer can be set up in your nominated room, with a large computer screen for your convenience.
- A modem can be connected to it and if Wi-Fi can be used on other devices throughout your house.
- Skype is available for download for you to have live video calls with your family and friends
- Email facility is there along with option of joining social media.
- One point to remember is once set up, the computer stays there. This is not a mobile device. You cannot simply pick it up and move it to the lounge of an evening.
- A computer is the largest of all options you are deciding on.
- Laptops are basically a mobile computer.
- It can be run with or without electricity, as it has its own battery, which will give you up to 8 hours use before needing to be recharged.
- The screen is attached so is an all-in-one unit.
- The unit is much lighter than a computer, can be moved from room to room and used to its’ full potential on the internet as long as you have a Wi-Fi modem
- For ease of use outside your house a dongle can be used via a USB port and is known as a portable Wi-Fi
This is the latest of the internet devices to come on the market and has grown very popular for the following reasons.
- Most tablets have either a 7″ or 10″ screen, with the latter being easier to see and use.
- Tablets are slim, lightweight and can simply be put into your handbag to take wherever you go
- Many food outlets and other stores now have Wi-Fi facility for you to use in their premises while availing yourself of their services.
- Many tablets will only run on Wi-Fi so you will need a Wi-Fi modem.
- The keyboard is good on most tablets but of course smaller than on a laptop or computer.
- Email, Skype and social media is easy to set up on a tablet..
- They do not use electricity but their battery life is excellent on most tablets.
As you can see, there are many things to consider when making this important purchase. Whichever device you choose, we hope you enjoy it immensely.
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