Stuck-at-Home Guide

Stuck at Home Guide: Best Internet Devices for Older Adults

The official list of Senior Planet-recommended devices to connect you to the world wide web.

(Need to get Internet service? We listed out some low-cost Internet options in our guide here.)

Tablet: iPad, 2020 standard 32Gb WiFi model ($329)

The iPad is the long-standing champion of tablets, offering an intuitive, touch-based interface and access to thousands of easy-to-use Apps. Some iPad models can get expensive, so we recommend the base model listed above. It has everything you need to get online and start using a variety of apps.

Where to buy:

Chrome Device: HP Chromebook 11 ($200-$300)

Using the Chrome OS, this laptop provides everything you need to access the internet, video chat, compose emails, watch videos, and do any other online activity you can dream of. If you’re looking for an affordable laptop, we recommend this Chromebook over traditional Windows laptops in the same price range. Cheaper Windows laptops often have performance issues and other limitations.

Where to buy:

Windows Laptop: Asus Zenbook Flip ($829-$900)

If you prefer to buy a standard Windows-based computer over a tablet or Chrome device, we recommend a “2-in1” device like the Zenbook Flip. With its removable keyboard and touchscreen interface, this device can be used either as a traditional laptop or a tablet. It’s the most expensive of the options we recommend, but it does bring the best of both worlds!

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11 responses to “Stuck at Home Guide: Best Internet Devices for Older Adults

  1. Check out GrandPad from consumer cellular. It’s very senior friendly. No passwords or email addresses or phone numbers to remember. Spam calls don’t get through. Lots of good things to do while being safe.

  2. As with any age group, there are people who pick up and enjoy and can comprehend the complexities and advanced features that different computers can offer. But there are also people for whom using a computer is a new experience, may have other things pulling at their attention such as illness or family obligations or economic worries, and all they want to do is some simple things on the computer. We need classes for both kinds of people

  3. Hi there,

    I have some questions about accessories. Do people have recommendations on good headphones or ear buds to use when listening to streaming programming on-line, particularly music.


  4. E Tablets? recommendations ( my ipad is very old won’t accept Hoopla or Libby e book apps.

    hence, i need to look at a New Android tablet or go the Kindle route ( unsure if Kindle can download other E book loans outside of Amazon)

    1. Hi Ron – Both my wife and I have ipads and Kindles. We particularly like our Kindles for book reading as we find them visually more comfortable and easier to hold for long time periods.

      You can download digital books through your local library for FREE. Most libraries have Kindles to borrow and their staff will show you how to download the free books. We are voracious readers and have saved thousands of dollars by using the free download services offered by our local library.

      You can also download audiobooks as well

  5. I wish everyone would realize that it is MY generation (1960s) that developed the first pcs- remember the Commodore Vic 20-and the the first home computers like the Apple and the Microsoft software. Our parents generation (WWII) actually invented the computer. So please stop the ageism so common on “senior” sites. We don’t need simple smartphones or simple computers. WE INVENTED THEM. We need more instruction in coding or any kind of lifelong learning. Senior=Smart.

    1. I couldn’t agree more with your comment, Jennifer. I was working for IBM in computer sales way before today’s young people were even thought of. Sure, things have expanded. But they didn’t just suddenly appear after today’s most prevalent generation became full fledged adults. And, yes, I’d love to see more and better explanations of the multiple uses to which today’s devices can be put.

    2. Thank you Jennifer. At 74, I have been using computers since my Radio Shack days in the 1970s. I was a participant at the first personal computer show, in L.A. back in the day and have been using them ever since. For the last several years, until the pandemic mostly put us out of business, I and a few others have been giving tech help at our local senior center. I still find it strange helping someone about my own age who has never used a computer as we’ve had them all around us for more than half our lifetimes.

  6. I have a Chromebook Cheap Samsung model (under 150) which is super quick, easy to use and far better than my Windows laptop. However for seniors I recommend an Amazon Echo show- great screen and easy voice acess to everything on the internet as well as video calling and free long distance. Also allows me to control smart outlets, security camera and even Roomba vacuum with my voice!

  7. I think seniors should also consider purchasing a webcam with built-in microphone.
    I attended a virtual class last week but because I had no camera, the class could hear me (via my cell phone, after a delay) but not see me.
    Since the current health emergency overwhelmed both Staples’ and Best Buy’s in-store and online ordering systems, I had to order directly from a manufacturer.

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