Tablets—they aren’t just for the young ‘uns anymore. After asking their constituency about what was stopping them from buying a tablet, the AARP joined forces with Intel to create the RealPad, a tablet built to address the concerns of Baby Boomers looking to give tablets a try.
The RealPad is built like a midrange mainstream tablet, with a 7.85″display and a 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 mobile processor from last year. There are 5 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and 16 GB of storage. The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat, but with a few software additions that make the RealPad a characteristically retirement-age tablet.
The skin that has been put on Android makes it easier for users to figure out which apps do what, and how best to use them. It’s an interface geared towards people who are just interacting with mobile technology for the first time, and is meant to be very easy to use. Part of that is RealQuick Fix, a dashboard that can be accessed with one touch that shows essential information like battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth statuses, and the presence of unsecure or untrusted apps. In this dashboard, users can quickly refresh Wi-Fi connections or troubleshoot other basic problems on the tablet. If the problem gets to be too much to handle, there’s also free 24/7 customer service and remote assistance via phone or email. There are also over 20 video tutorials to lead new users through the basics of using and getting the most out of a mobile device.
The RealPad can be purchased now from the AARP, and comes with one year of free AARP membership. It costs $190, which puts it about in line with most other midrange Android tablets on the market today.