Tablet instructions for absolute technical newbie

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  1. stevec

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    My Mum (86) has been given a Hudl 2 tablet for Christmas. She has no background in any kind of modern technology (can just about make a call on her mobil!). I am looking for a book that will guide her through the different aspects of tablet use (Android). Mainly email, camera and internet. It must be simple! Even the "guide for Dummies" is too complicated in that it assumes you know certain things (like what a cursor is). I'm sure she is not the only one to be in that situation. Has anyone any suggestions for simple books? She needs something that she can refer to and understand when I am not around to show her how to do things.
     
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    She has it already... Turn it on and press the Google app and type in "how to use the hudl" lots of info will appear and I'm sure she will find one that she can get along with....
     
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    Another alternative may be to ask at local library a lot around here have informal small group meetings for absolute beginners.
     
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    I seem to remember someone like Saga did a beginners guide for silver surfers. It really was "first press the big button on the top" stuff but sorry can't be sure of publisher. It wasn't a massive book, just a few pages to get started.
     
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    How about grandchildren? Our kids showed my in-laws (also in their 80's) how to use theirs
     
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    I always found the "Seniors Guides" good and not written in too condescending a tone.

    Maybe something like this?



    I agree that it is very frustrating when you know something should be simple - and is when you know how to do it - but until you know how you feel like throwing the device under a bus!
     
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    there are books in the "for dummies" series for android devices?
     
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    Thanks puddled Uckfield. Just looked that up. Only available in Kindle edition. Priceless!
     
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    Sorry puddleduck , auto correct strikes again!
     
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    Just been (sort of) laughing at that.
    ..... and ..... the first page starts:
    "Google's Android operating system is now around six years old. Google has affectionately named all of its versions of android alphabetically after sweet products starting with Cupcake, then Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb."​
    I know my dad wouldn't get any further than that! He wouldn't be able to process THAT so couldn't get beyond it.
     
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    you can download the kindle app to any android tablet
    i think the hardest part is conquering the fear that they will some how break it
     
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    Does she have WiFi in the house? Without it it won't be much use.

    She really needs a Google account as well, nothing more complicated than creating a Gmail address.

    I then suggest download the BBC News app and perhaps the BBC Weather app. Assuming she has WiFi with unlimited data then the BBC iPlayer app and the radio version as well. Then you need to sit with her and show her how to use them!

    The local library might also do some sort of classes but these may not cover tablets, but worth checking.
     
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    You tube have a few instructional videos that may help.
     
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    My Mum has been given an ipad but Dad refuses to have internet in the house - wifi or wired so she has to go where she can get free wifi to get much use out of it.

    Sister and I offered to pay for wifi as an on-going gift for them but it's a no-go. :(

    Dad says that criminals will get into his bank account and take all his money if they get wifi - and no, neither of them will do internet banking. We have tried to talk to him about it but a friend of his lost money through internet fraud so he is correct and we are (obviously) wrong.
     
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    I got a magazine when I bought my first android. I'm not sure that it was much use but if you pm me an address I will post it on to you.

    This is the book I meant to recommend!



    I haven't got this book but the other guides in the series are good. Ignore the first few pages and turn to the part where it tells you how to start :)
     
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