AARP's RealPad Tablet Makes Technology Easier for Nascent Users

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-12-16

AARP's new $189 RealPad tablet is built to make technology easier to use for people of any age who are not comfortable or confident when using modern high-tech gadgets. Aimed specifically at the elderly parents of baby boomers, the RealPad is designed to be as unintimidating as possible. Traditional tablets are fairly intuitive already, but the RealPad is also equipped with built-in video tutorials and 24/7, toll-free telephone support for technical problems or to answer questions about how to get online, use a Web browser or any other technology issues that users find challenging, according to AARP. The RealPad is available only through Walmart stores and the AARP Website through the end of 2014, but will be available in other retail outlets in 2015. AARP identified the need for such a tablet late in 2013 when the group began holding informal technology education seminars for members across the United States. From those seminars, AARP leaders saw a niche where a simpler tablet that was backed by enhanced technical support and extra assistance could be a boon for older users.


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