Best Tablet for Seniors

We decided to conduct a research on how the Best tablets for seniors are implemented by elderly citizens in their daily interaction with the devices.

Although tablets are relatively very new technology to them, the main ways they use the tablets is quite common compared to everyone else.

Seniors, just like younger users, use tablets to stream movies, read books, general internet connectivity, social media among other functions.

Overall, because most of their needs are not too complicated, many seniors do not need an over powered tablet to serve their needs. Many basic tablets will easily fulfill all their tablet requirements.

In this article, we have come up with the best tablets in the market today for seniors. We have considered a criteria that balances usability and power and performance.

The Top Tablets For Seniors

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – Best Overall
  2. Apple iPad 10th generation – Best Tablet For Seniors
  3. iPad Mini 6best tablet for seniors to video call
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8Samsung tablet for seniors
  5. Microsoft Surface Go 3Windows Tablet for Seniors
  6. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd gen) – Simple tablet for seniors
  7. Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus – Cheapest senior-friendly tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – Best Overall

  • Screen Size: 10.4 inches
  • Resolution: 1200×2000 Pixels
  • Processor: Exynos 9611 / Snapdragon 720G and 4 GB
  • Storage Space: 64 GB and 128 GB
  • Pen: Samsung S Pen
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 462 Grams
  • Operating System: Android 12
  •  Front Camera: 5 MP Front Facing
  • Rear Facing Camera: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and LTE

The Samsung Galaxy S6 lite is our best pick for seniors, It is both powerful and affordable plus it comes with a free S pen. Many seniors will however prefer to use their finger touch instead of a pen.

It comes with a nice 10.4 inch screen  with 1200 x 2000 pixels resolution. Additionally it is an Android powered device and it has an easy to use interface that you can easily get used to.

 iPad (10th gen) – Best iPad For Seniors

  • Screen Size: 10.9 inches
  • Resolution: 2360×1640 pixels
  • Processor: A14 Bionic
  • Storage: 64 GB or 256 GB
  • Front Camera: 12MP Ultra Wide
  • Rear Camera: 12MP Wide (f/1.8)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, Optional 5G Cellular
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 476 grams
  • Operating System: iOS 16

If you prefer an iOS system, the best one we found is the iPad (10th gen). It takes the spot as the Best iPad For Seniors. It has a sleek and modern design, just like many other iPads in the market today.

What stands out about this tablet is its super clear screen at 2360×1640 pixels resolution and 10.9 inches in size. Additionally it has a powerful processor and RAM so it will be free from irregular slow downs.

If your Family and friends use Apple Products, you will easily connect through Facetime or iMessage exclusive for iPad users.

Unfortunately, just like other Apple products this tablet does not come cheap. You will have to spend a little more, especially compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite.

iPad Mini 6 – best tablet for seniors to video call

  • Screen Size: 8.3-inch
  • Resolution: 2266 x 1488 pixels resolution with Liquid Retina
  • OS: iPadOS
  • Processor: A15 Bionic
  • Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB
  • Front Camera: 12 MP
  • Back camera: 12 MP
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6, optional 5G (Sub-6)
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 317 Grams

If you prefer a tablet that you can easily carry around but still pack power enough for all your needs, we recommend the iPad Mini 6.

It comes with a small 8.3 inch screen with 2266 x 1488 pixels resolution. Additionally, just like more expensive iPads, this tablet applies Liquid Retina technology for its screen. This makes the images displayed crisp, clear and in rich vivid colors.

Processingpower is good thanks to its A15 Bionic and large RAM. You will have 64 GB space to save your files which is low. However, you can choose the 256 GB version which is slightly more expensive.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8Samsung tablet for seniors

  • Screen Size: 10.5 inches
  • Resolution: 200 × 1920 pixels resolution
  • OS: Android
  • CPU: Mali G52 MP2
  • Storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB options
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 508 grams

If you are looking for a Samsung Tablet but are on a budget, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is a perfect pic. For a perfect price slightly under 200$, this tablet packs powerful features that will surely be more than you need for your normal daily use.

The screen is slightly larger than the S6 Lite with 10.5 inches and Full HD 1200×1920 pixels resolution. You will however have an older Mali G52 MP2

Processor and a maximum of 128 GB storage space.

The processor will be enough for basic tasks such as surfing the internet, streaming or watching movies but might slow down when performing more complex and professional tasks.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 – Windows Tablet for Seniors

  • Screen Size: 10.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1920×1280 pixels
  • OS: Windows 11
  • CPU: 1.1 GHz Intel Pentium Gold | Intel Core i3
  • Storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • Rear: 8 MP with 1080p HD
  • Connectivity: Wireless, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Battery Life: 10 hours
  • Weight: 544 grams

Windows tablets have not been left behind in this category. If you prefer a windows operating system, we recommend the Microsoft Surface Go 3.  

When connected to a keyboard, this tablet will transform to look just like your laptop. Add amuse to it and you will have fully replaced your laptop for this 2in 1 tablet/ laptop.

It also has a 10.5-inch screen size and 1920×1280 pixels resolution. This is clear and large enough for many uses. However, 10.5 inches may be a little too large to fit in your pocket and you may need to get a bag to carry it around.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd gen) – Simple tablet for seniors

  • Screen Size: 10.6 inches
  • Resolution: 2000 x 1200 pixels resolution
  • Operating System: Android
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio G80
  • Storage: 64GB | 256GB
  • Brightness: 400 nits
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Back Camera: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, Wireless
  • Battery Life: 15 hours
  • Weight: 467 Grams

Another brand that has gained respect for creating high-quality yet affordable tablets is the Lenovo brand. In this list, the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd gen) makes our pick for the best Android alternative, second only to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Lite.

It comes with a 10.6-inch screen size and 2000 x 1200 pixels resolution, slightly bigger than the S6 Lite. The key stand-out feature of this tablet is its minimal design, modern display, and long battery life.

You will get a screen with minimal-sized bezels to make way for a large front screen covering almost the entire front area of the tablet. With 400 nits brightness levels, you will be able to use this tablet in low and high light conditions even outdoors.

The battery on a full charge will work for up to 15 hours of continuous use making this tablet ideal for travel. 

Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus – Cheapest senior-friendly tablets

  • Screen Size: 10.1-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution
  • Operating System: Amazon Fire OS
  • Processor: Octa-core 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB and 64GB
  • Front Camera: 2 MP
  • Rear Camera: 5 MP with 720 pixels Full HD recording
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wireless
  • Battery Life: 12 hours
  • Weight: 467 grams

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus is the most popular tablet for seniors. What stands out for this tablet is the long battery life with up to 12 hours of continuous usage. You will be able to use it easily without a regular power source.

Additionally, the screen is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution. This is perfect for streaming videos and watching movies. 

An Octa-core 2.0 GHz with 4 GB of RAM makes it fast and reliable for basic tasks such as reading or writing but may be a problem when using complex applications.

Storage space is also low with 64 GB to 128 GB options not enough for saving large files.

Unfortunately, the tablet is manufactured by Amazon and may have compatibility issues with many Google Play Applications. However it works perfectly with Amazon products such as Alexa or Amazon Prime.

Why Did We Rank Samsung S6 Lite Above iPad?

Well the iPad has a way better screen, power and performance than the Samsung Galaxy S6 lite. 

However, it is more expensive and does not come with a pen that leads you to spend more. Additionally, Apple Pencil comes in 2 generations and you may face compatibility issues if you end up buying the wrong one.

Samsung S Pen comes with your tablet and will work basically on any Samsung Tablet. Personally, I also prefer an Android system over iOS.

How to choose a tablet for your elderly relative?

In recent years, tablets have become popular among seniors. Despite not being complicated to use, it is important to have some factors in mind as you choose the best one for your relative.

Some of the main ones include screen size, resolution, processing power and RAM, size and portability, battery life, user interface or oprating system.

Most of the ones elders will go for will be greatly influenced by how they intend to use the tablets. Below are some of our top picks.

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Best tablets for seniors: features and costs

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – Best Overall
  2. Apple iPad 10th generation – Best Tablet For Seniors
  3. iPad Mini 6 – best tablet for seniors to video call
  4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8Samsung tablet for seniors
  5. Microsoft Surface Go 3Windows Tablet for Seniors
  6. Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd gen) – Simple tablet for seniors
  7. Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus – Cheapest senior-friendly tablets