Easy Does It: We Review The World's Most User-Friendly PCs

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aferrara50

iPad is great for the computer illiterate. Just bought some for my parents. They get used daily compared to the other few computers in their household that maybe get used monthly other than one setup to record surveilance. Everything is just right there in front of them, no clicking, just tapping. Finally the frustration of dealing with computer problems over the phone is gone. Was definitely great having them tech illiterate while I was on their dime. Falcons and Voodoos were "necessary" for "school work".

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warptek2010

MaximumPC, can we say... MaxiPad?

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iceman08

Why's that? because Gordon picked an ipad2 for those that can't handle an MSI/ASUS gaming laptop?

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warptek2010

Whats wrong with a Linux box? Ubuntu is the easiest version to use and it will run on a computer based on 2001 technology while maintaining support for the latest hardware and peripherals. It installs all the software a senior would need and has tons more if they need something else. All free to boot. Many seniors cannot afford a $500 tablet.

 

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Engelsstaub

I could see a case for both. Ubuntu is slick as phuck and, as you mentioned, does run (in a GUI fallback-mode of course) on ancient equipment. Even Fedora is getting pretty user-friendly IMO.

But there's little denying that the iPad has been great for alternative purposes. I've seen it work well with children of varying handicaps. I'm not saying that "computer-ignorance" is a handicap...if it was it would afflict most of the population (Windows and Mac users.) But those same people, ones who couldn't change the RAM or HDD in a notebook or build a Windows box, seem to take well to it as well.

We know Gordon dislikes Apple. He certainly has a right to that. I think he's just being honest and objective in calling the iPad what it is in this scenario.

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Nuxes

My family recently purchased a laptop for my 86 year old grandmother, mainly for checking email and recieving family photos.  It had a 17" screen, because her eyes are going bad, and the only large laptops you can get come with all the bells and whistles, so when we pulled it out of the box, she looked at it like it was a nuclear reactor.  I think she would be much better off with a tablet or chrome book.

I know the idea of being 'limited' to web apps is scary for those of us who have been using PCs for the past 20 or 30 years, but for those people who are just starting out, like 5 year olds or my grandma, they will adapt to this much faster than we do.

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hayden0103

In the interest of fairness the PC-free iOS 5 is out now. Even if you get a unit that's been sitting on the shelf for a bit the good folks at the Apple store will likely offer to set it up in store. It's sort of sad that MaxPC didn't have the time before going to press to wait for 5 - the iCloud backup thing is another plus for Apple's darling.

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iceman08

Quite true.

 

 

Gordon, does your opinion/score now change on the iPad? after press release, of course

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