In the last week I've "pimped" my dad's technology.
He hasn't had a cellphone in years. I added him to our Verizon plan. I got him a LG Octane. A mostly basic feature phone. It does open up to reveal a second touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. Don't think he'll ever need it.
Saturday we traveled down to spend the day.
His current computer is about 2 years old. It's one I built it. It was decent for it's time. Now antiquated.
I thought long and hard about buying him an Imac. Most of what he does is browse the Internet and a little email. An Imac would be overkill. I thought about simply upgrading his current computer. Eh.
My dad is now the owner of an IPad.
In his 65 years on earth I think he has only used a touchscreen on ATM's.
I was worried it would be too much for him.
After pondering what apps would be easy and useful to him I loaded it up with:
CNN for Ipad
ESPN Scorecenter XL
Two Slot Machine games
After about 10 minutes he was using it like a pro. He was amazed at how fast it worked and the content he could view.
I bought him the Apple Keyboard for Ipad dock. Just in case he wanted to use the Ipad as a "computer". Not sure if he will ever use it, but it's there.
Next month I am going to go down and show him the app store and possibly port his home phone to Google Voice.