Advice on drawing tablets for nearly 80 year old

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arnprasad

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Hi all,

My mom is 77 yrs old and for her age, by gods grace, pretty healthy and active. Although she is a traditional South Indian, who would rather not spend but invest that money in FDs to earn interest, I have made sure I get her the basics for today's life even if she prefers to save that money like a mobile phone for the last 10-12 years.

She spends a lot of time on her mobile - mostly on youtube food videos and also anything that comes on whatsapp. She being an ex-teacher and a very curious person, loves new knowledge/information and while she does occasionally go to wikipedia - for her to use a computer to use wikipedia is pretty tedious and wikipedia on a 6 inch mobile phone is not that good either. The other area she has interest but doesnt like spending any money - is painting. Ten years back I brought her a proper painting kit - stand, professional paper, pallette, brush..etc. She never got around to use it as she felt using it means she has to buy the variables again :) and I ended up donating it someone in family who was into arts!!

Anyways after the long intro on how difficult it is to buy things to elderly folks - I wanted to get her a 10 inch tablet as it is big enough for her to read wikipedia comfortably and also watch youtube. I have few 10 inch fire HD tablets and I have tried to use a digital pen to paint on it but its not practical. While browing for 10 inch tablets - I came across this category of "drawing tablets" which are pretty affordable as they are less than 10K and have 4.5+ reviews on Amazon like the one below:






Given the above has to be connected to a computer - you think someone her age will be able to use it for timepass drawing? anyone on this forum used these type of tablets?

My only other option is to buy a costly Samsung tablet with S pen or an ipad.......once she gets to know its price..she will straight away put it in her locker as she will think she might break it while using!!!! hence trying low cost options .

I have a desktop connected to a 65 inch TV apart from laptops and other desktops. So with a 15-20 feet USB cable...she can comfortably use this while watching her work on the large TV.

If any of you have experience - do let me know if you have any specific models in mind - she is not a professional painter - this is purely for time pass kind of drawing - I cant think of any thing else to gift her which is practical.
 
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alclik

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I would suggest an iPad Mini with a rugged silicone case. And an Apple pencil
I know that not the cheapest solution but apples has the best apps.
 

Nitin K

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Hi all,

My mom is 77 yrs old and for her age, by gods grace, pretty healthy and active. Although she is a traditional South Indian, who would rather not spend but invest that money in FDs to earn interest, I have made sure I get her the basics for today's life even if she prefers to save that money like a mobile phone for the last 10-12 years.

She spends a lot of time on her mobile - mostly on youtube food videos and also anything that comes on whatsapp. She being an ex-teacher and a very curious person, loves new knowledge/information and while she does occasionally go to wikipedia - for her to use a computer to use wikipedia is pretty tedious and wikipedia on a 6 inch mobile phone is not that good either. The other area she has interest but doesnt like spending any money - is painting. Ten years back I brought her a proper painting kit - stand, professional paper, pallette, brush..etc. She never got around to use it as she felt using it means she has to buy the variables again :) and I ended up donating it someone in family who was into arts!!

Anyways after the long intro on how difficult it is to buy things to elderly folks - I wanted to get her a 10 inch tablet as it is big enough for her to read wikipedia comfortably and also watch youtube. I have few 10 inch fire HD tablets and I have tried to use a digital pen to paint on it but its not practical. While browing for 10 inch tablets - I came across this category of "drawing tablets" which are pretty affordable as they are less than 10K and have 4.5+ reviews on Amazon like the one below:






Given the above has to be connected to a computer - you think someone her age will be able to use it for timepass drawing? anyone on this forum used these type of tablets?

My only other option is to buy a costly Samsung tablet with S pen or an ipad.......once she gets to know its price..she will straight away put it in her locker as she will think she might break it while using!!!! hence trying low cost options .

I have a desktop connected to a 65 inch TV apart from laptops and other desktops. So with a 15-20 feet USB cable...she can comfortably use this while watching her work on the large TV.

If any of you have experience - do let me know if you have any specific models in mind - she is not a professional painter - this is purely for time pass kind of drawing - I cant think of any thing else to gift her which is practical.
You can try getting the Wacom or Bamboo. We have used both at work and they are quite good for the price paid. I am sure there may be more good brands, but pls get a tablet/stylus which has got good sensitivity/variable pressure. It is useful for the intensity of shading (dark/light) as per stylus pressure while using paint packages like Photoshop etc.
These will connect to your PC or laptop.
 
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