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Wise Choice for Grandpa!
on June 24, 2013
I purchased this tablet as a gift for my 53 year old father. I was looking for a way for him to show off pictures of grandkids without having to cart around a bunch of loose photos. His cell phone is an older flip phone model with a small screen. Though perfect for him, it is not ideal for viewing and sharing pictures. I considered upgrading him to a smart phone rather than buying a tablet, but his job requires him to be outdoors for 8 hours or more during the day, even in the rain or snow. Spending $300 on a smart phone that would be exposed to the elements almost daily did not seem like a wise plan. Instead, I opted for the Coby Kyros Resistive tablet.
My dad can perform basic tasks on a computer, such as emailing back and forth, downloading attachments, reading the news, etc. He doesn't spend a lot of time surfing the web or watching videos on YouTube, so after a month of research, I decided the cheaper the better. Afterall, I was ultimately looking for a glorified picture frame. I read the reviews about the Coby before purchasing it. I found that most people were annoyed by the resistive screen because they are accustomed to the super sensitive ones. I actually liked that this one required a little pressure, as I knew my dad would be pressing somewhat hard on it as if everything was an actual button. The complaints about the charging pin breaking off did concern me, so I ordered a used tablet for around $35 in case it bit the dust early. Perhaps I could have just put the money towards a better quality tablet, but honestly, I felt that spending too much would be a waste. I knew my dad would only use it to view photos and occassionally check email and sports scores, so I wasn't looking for an iPad or a Kindle Fire. He didn't need a device that could play Netflix and make tacos at the same time. I just wanted something that could perform basic functions for him at a decent speed. The Coby isn't lightening fast, but it isn't slow either. It loads pictures, syncs email and allows you to read ebooks with ease. It serves it's purpose perfectly, without breaking the bank. The used tablet I purchased came in original packaging. It included a manual and a sleeve to protect the screen from scratches. I did end up buying an additional case (with a zipper) so my dad could take it along to bible study or dinner with friends without having to worry about it slipping out onto to the ground. I would advise others to do the same, as the sleeve is nice to keep the dust off but probably won't do much else. All in all, I am pleased with this purchase, especially given how much I paid for everything. I believe it is great choice for kids or individuals who are not gadget gurus. Thanks, Amazon, for offering used items as well!