80 year old mom's iPad review...

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  1. California macrumors 68040

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    My 80 year old mom's Mac credentials: been on Macs since 2002, iMac G3 and now her maxed out and sturdy iMac G5. She has an iPod photo with slide shows on it and her music that runs mostly in her Mercedes through its internal system, she loves that. I gave her an iPhone and a 12" Powerbook back in the day and she gave away the laptop and didn't want the iPhone, though she regretted giving away the iPhone once she saw it was an iPod that could store photos. Oh, she also used to have a 1st Gen shuffle that she gave to my sister.

    Her review of the iPad was based on a commercial she saw. "It doesn't make calls and doesn't take pictures", and the keyboard is too small, I don't know what I'd do with it."
     
  2. Surely Guest

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    Um.... that's great and all, but...... so what?

    No disrespect to your Mom.....
     
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    Why would anyone expect a 10" tablet to make calls or be used as a camera? The form factor makes both somewhat awkward, IMHO.
     
  4. Surely Guest

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    So.... you're saying probably no belt clip then?
     
  5. johnnyhow macrumors regular

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    That was a massive introduction just to tell us that your mum doesn't like the ipad.
     
  6. drjsway macrumors 6502a

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    Your mom should get a RAZR. Makes calls, takes pictures, and free with contract.
     
  7. master-ceo macrumors 65816

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    The ipad was designed specifically for her age group. lol :D
     
  8. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    So why would we expect your mom, who you clearly describe as not being a fan of technology (didn't want iPhone or laptop), to want an iPad exactly?
     
  9. California thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Just wanted to make sure you guys knew she was a Mac fan.

    I just called her to tell her you said that. Good idea...

    She loves technology, and her macs. She didn't want two computers. And I got her the iPhone in Sept 2007, I didn't even have one yet, so no one to help teach her about it.

    She and her 90 year old hubby, (plays tennis three times a week, was in the Army at Pearl Harbor and at DDay and was friendz with Stephen Ambrose) travel a lot and the iPad could be a good way to keep up with emails on those world cruises. We'll see if it works for her.
     
  10. Nano2k macrumors regular

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    I guess that what the OP wants to point out is that at the contrary of what many are saying, that the iPad is for not computer savvy people (such has old people), at least his old mother does not like it.
     
  11. johnnyhow macrumors regular

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    Yeh I understand now, and I guess you do make a really good point. As much as I like the ipad, I have to say I'm honestly not tempted to get one simply because it's basically an iPod touch with a bigger screen. Plus I also have a MacBook if I need a larger, but more portable screen.
     
  12. cathyy macrumors 6502a

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    I was kind of under the impression that the iPad was more for the computer-illiterate people.
     
  13. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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    Good that she's still so open minded about new things after all those years. :rolleyes:

    It'd be decent of you not to bait her into never actually trying it.
     
  14. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Apple is doomed. Jobs specifically said the blue hair crowd was the target market. :rolleyes:
     
  15. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816

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    Maybe his MOM has big man hands and small eyes, LOL think it would be amazing for older people
     
  16. cjthebest macrumors member

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    May I suggest something that would better suit her needs. And by the way, your mother did not review the device yet, she probally only saw a picture. Before you go posting about your 80 year old mother's review, make sure she actually has held the device. That is what a review is.
     
  17. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, what a sobering review. It really makes you think, I mean, how in the hell will this device succeed when it's not connecting to the 80 year old plus demographic. As we all know, they make the heart of technology buyers. So this proves it, the iPad is dead on arrival.
     
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  19. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    You made me tinkle with laughter.
     
  20. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Review huh? How did she get a hold of one so early?
     
  21. marksman macrumors 603

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    If she's happy with the Serenity brand, why should she change to the iPad? (rim shot)
     
  23. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    She just gave away stuff you spent hundreds of dollars on?

    I would send her to live at a old folks home after that.
     
  24. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    But this person is clearly not not-tech savvy. She has a PowerMac and a non-touch screen iPod already. She was able to identify some of the things technically possible but not included with the device with a brief commercial. She's one of the older people who understand technology, to some degree. For every person like the OP's Mom there is at least one person like my Grandma who understands that there are computers, but has no idea what they actually do. (One of) the target audience(s) for the iPad is the group of older folks in between those levels.
     

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