GrandPad Tablet is The Best Gift for Seniors

What Christmas gift do you give your 85-year-old dad when he has everything? A GrandPad Tablet, of course.

What’s a GrandPad? The website explains it way better than I can. “GrandPad is a simple and secure tablet computer that digitally connects a senior to their family and friends. The senior can easily view family photos and videos, play games, see the weather for each family member, listen to music, check emails, make phone calls, place a video chat, and much more.”

GrandPad Tablet Review

Photo Credit: GrandPad Tablet 

Thankfully, my 85-year-old dad is in really good health. He’s very active and spends a lot of time outdoors at his home in town or out at the family farm. Because I live in a different state, I don’t get to see him nearly enough. I do try to visit him every chance I get.

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Over the Christmas holidays, I saw him three times. Yep, I took three (6 hours one way) trips to see him. I spent a few days with him the week before Christmas, spent New Year’s with him and then when my uncle passed away three days after I returned home, I headed back to GA for that third trip. I won’t complain because any time I get to spend time with dad is a gift to me.

GrandPad Tablet Review

When I’m not with my dad, I miss his smiling face. Enter the GrandPad. When I first learned about this tablet, I was on the fence about whether dad would like it. You see, he’s been retired for years and mom and dad have never had a computer. Frankly, the idea of my dad getting scammed on the internet is a horrible thought. Enter the GrandPad.

I was hesitant at first. Would dad hate it? I really didn’t know. I found out that I had 30 days to get a refund if he didn’t like it so that made me feel better.

When dad first opened the tablet, he looked at me like a cow at a new gate (southern speak). But once I explained it, he was onboard. When he saw how simple it is, he really got completely on board. He video called my daughter, Caitlin, around 9:30 at night and she was already in bed but not asleep. I told my sister, Melinda, that I had created a video-calling monster. We love it!

I purposely waited a month to review the GrandPad Tablet to make sure dad likes it. He doesn’t like it. He loves it!

Downsides

Sometimes, when dad has company, he will video call me so I can say hi. Yesterday, I had just finished working out and bam, there I was waving at two of my favorite aunts looking like a hot mess. That’s not really a downside because I love visiting with my family – hot mess or not!

We love the GrandPad and I wish I had purchased it sooner. Sometimes, if the connection is bad, the video call can be a little blurry but it doesn’t happen very often. I just love being able to see my dad’s face when I talk to him. Occasionally, I do have to tell him to move his finger over so I can actually see him.

Why didn’t I just get him an iPhone? It’s just too complicated and he doesn’t have internet nor does he want it. The GrandPad Tablet is made especially for seniors.

How Things Work on Dad’s End

On dad’s end, there’s no dialing or typing required. He just touches the screen. Large fonts and buttons make the GrandPad easy to use. The smart case turns off the screen when not in use. There’s no wires or cables or anything. When not in use, dad places the GrandPad in the charging cradle to recharge. While it’s recharging, a slideshow of the photos we’ve sent is displayed.

It also comes with a stylus but dad just touches the screen with his finger. It’s so easy and he’s a pro.

Weather, Games and More

The GrandPad Tablet apps include:

  • Call
  • Email
  • Weather
  • Music
  • Games
  • Photos
  • Camera
  • Help
  • LookUp
Dad Playing Bingo on His GrandPad Tablet

Dad playing Bingo on his GrandPad Tablet. A voice calls out the numbers.

I pay $40.00 per month for:

  • Unlimited 4G LTE Data
  •  And Unlimited Ad Free Streaming Music
  •  Unlimited Video Calling
  •  Award-Winning Customer Support
  •  Customizable Content
  •  Personalized Security & Access
  •  Mobile Access via Smartphone App

Dad really loves the music. He taps the music app and then chooses the type of music. It will play a part of the song he taps and once he adds it to his favorites, it will play the entire song whenever he taps.

More About How the GrandPad Tablet Works

The GrandPad is powered by Consumer Cellular. A monthly subscription provides the convenience of unlimited 4G LTE data, ad-free unlimited streaming music, customizable security options, mobile access for caregivers and family, and more.

The GrandPad is a private network that protects against spam and unwanted activity. I’m the family admin so to get started I followed the simple directions that come with the GrandPad.

I downloaded the GrandPad app to my phone and added all the family members and sent them invites to join.

GrandPad Tablet App

Family members can upload photos or messages for dad. My favorite feature and the main reason I purchased the GrandPad is the video calling. (Think FaceTime)

To call dad, I just open the app on my phone, tap contacts, tap my dad’s name and presto, I can talk to dad via video chat. His GrandPad also has a phone number. We can text and voice call. We can also leave emails.

The best part? Dad can only receive calls or video chats from the list of contacts I’ve added. He won’t receive any spam calls. I feel so much better just knowing I can pick up my phone and video chat with dad at any time of the day.

To call us, he just taps the photo of the person he wants to call. It’s so simple.

Oh, yeah, you can also connect social media so I connected my personal Facebook account. Now, whenever I upload photos to my personal Facebook, dad will get them too. I didn’t connect Instagram because it’s my business page. If you’re on Instagram, let’s be friends!

Final Words

Dad loves his GrandPad and I’m so glad I gifted it to him for Christmas.

Helpful Hint: I purchased the GrandPad Tablet at my local Target for $200.00. It’s also available online from the website and at Best Buy. I pay a monthly subscription fee of $40.00.

 

After my dad retired, he started baking. Yes, we were in shock! Here is his famous Pound Cake recipe. Enjoy!

Happy, Carefree Retirement Dad's Sour Cream Pound Cake

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. I have seen a few commercials on tv for this and it sparked my curiosity. I am glad to read more about it here today and I am seriously considering getting one for my dad.

  2. I’ve been thinking about getting this for my parents. They are not tech savvy in the least, so this would be a great way for us to easily share things with them.

  3. This does look like a great tablet! I think my parents would like this. They prefer things that are simple to use.

  4. I will let the kids know about this grandparents tablet. They can get this for me in another 20 years.

  5. My mom’s iPad is getting old. I will need to replace it soon. I am glad to have this option for her. Thank you for sharing it!

  6. My mother-in-law has never used a tablet before. I wonder if she would like this and actually use it. I will ask her when I see her again!

  7. oh my gosh my grandparents would love this idea- i def want to ask if my 92 grandma would love this ha! its a great way to connect!

  8. Oh my gosh I think that is perfect for a few relatives of mine. They want the technology but do not understand everything. This would definitely be perfect for them.

  9. This would be perfect for my mom. She loves to use her phone but at 80 years old, its hard to use the smaller devices. Thanks for sharing

  10. I have to admit I had no idea a tablet made for seniors existed. What a great idea and a fab way to help them keep in touch with all the family.
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  11. This is such a wonderful idea for seniors. Really nice to be able to do so many things online and help them stay in touch with the world!

  12. I’ve never heard of this before! I wish I had known about it before my Grandparents passed away.
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  13. This is genius!! My grandmother would love one of these and it would help her feel more connected!

  14. My mom tried the Grand Pad, but she didn’t like it. There were a lot of positives about it, but it wasn’t the right fit for her. The video chat was unreliable in our area. She was also frustrated by the fact that a doctor’s office wouldn’t be able to call her unless we put the phone number into the computer. She was hoping to make the Grand Pad her only phone.

  15. Cathy Mini says

    This is a perfect gift for my grandparents and I think they will love this for sure. Even me I like it.

  16. I would love for my Dad to have this. With all those features, I know he would enjoy this tablet like he’s enjoying his smartphone now.
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  17. This is really cool. Now I don’t have dad and mom so I don’t need this. I will share this info with my friends who has grandparents and parents

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