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Yes. All Boomers are about to be targets for some products and services! It's all about social media, but all for profit. Otherwise, why would you buy into it? Personally, I've used a Mac since 1988. As the Internet grew, and technology options increase, we have to make decisions about our technology needs vs. our technology wants.
Communication devices or emergency phone?From simple cell phones to smart phones: iPhone, Blackberry Z10, to a desktop, laptop, iPad, or GPS; how do you choose? Then, you have to decide if you want to take videos. Many new devices have this capability. The quality changes with lower-priced devices, however. You really have to check them out first.
Before you visit a retailer, you must determine your budget, and compare that to your wants vs. your needs. What do you need to do? For example, do you need to text, or do you use your phone just for emergencies? Do you need to take photos with your cell phone, or do you have a perfectly good camera but want to take a few choice shots? This will cost you more when you purchase services and uploading capability for a smartphone. How much talking and texting, and how much uploading will you do? Do you want to immediately upload a few photos, or do you want to upload them to your computer to crop and edit them?
What can smartphones do, and do you NEED one?
|Marilyn Dennis show|
The newest is a phone with Near Field Communication (NFC). You can tap your phone to someone else's and exchange photos, make instant payments at a cash. Certain phones have applications('apps') to help you locate stores or restaurants, the same way a GPS will help you. One free app, called Vail Hike and Bike, will help you navigate.
Some phones can automatically predict familiar words for you as you type text, which speeds up your typing time. You must shop around to find a phone and a plan that suits your needs. Many Boomers travel. This is a grand way to share you world with others, but you'll need to have roaming access. Smartphones may be a handy device, but you must choose carefully. For an excellent piece, you can watch a Marilyn Dennis show, where they compare three smartphones.
Cameras and video photography
Key pad size
Some of us are clumsy with our fingers, and it takes time to become comfortable with the keypad. Larger keys make it easier to avoid the 'fat finger delete', as my kids call it.
Desktop, laptop or iPad
|She was texting adult kids;|
he was taking a photo!
We often Google a question, and the laptop allows you to move it from room-to-room. If you don't feel the need to be connected to the Internet all day, a desktop computer in your office, with as large a screen as you can afford, is a good idea. It's fun having a grandchild peek over your shoulder, too!
If you travel, you may want to take a smaller iPad or laptop with you. The trick is to find roaming service in your place of accommodation. Check their on-line information. Also, do you want to risk theft, leaving a device around a hotel room? Macs are more expensive, but they are very effective and allow the user to play around with simple applications like iPhoto, in order to touch up photos. They have fewer glitches.
What do you think about it all?