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Looking for a tablet

for me 86 year father in law

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soon it will be my father in law's 87 birthday and he would like to get

a tablet. He used to have a desktop, but due to the operating system being very old,

we threw that one away.


Basically I know nothing about tablets, so need some help here.

Guess you can go online with those like with any laptop we have at home, right?


Apart from that, what else would be fundamentally different to a desk top?


All he wants is read the news and check his bank account.


Thanks for any suggestions, Richard

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Yes the setup is a little different but they do go on line, they have a browser and can do email.  


Maybe something like a Surface 3?  Nice big screen with clear picture.  Lightweight.  Runs Windows 10 so you can run programs you download and works like a desktop.  I'd get the one with 128 GB storage & 4 GB RAM.  There is an optional keyboard if he doesn't like the touch screen.  Try it out at a Microsoft Store but buy it through Amazon.


on the low end a Kindle Fire.  A small 7" screen. This might be hard for old eyes to see.  And only runs downloaded programs that you get through Amazon

 but usually less than $50.  


Both of these will break if you drop them so you might invest in a hardened case as it's easy to forget they are on your lap and stand up.

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Thanks Expert,


very helpful!



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