ElderGadget recently received an e-mail from one of our readers, explaining to us her unfamiliarity with the iPad:
I have heard the word iPad, but have no idea what it does, or how to use it – I have wondered how us elderly ever learn how to use any of the new gadgets (even finding out how to use my cell phone was a hard
and even now I don’t know how to use all the features.) Really sucks as I am sharper than ever, but have no grandchildren to show me how the new stuff works!
To answer Barbara’s first quandary, the iPad is a touchscreen laptop. And in our opinion, it is quite an easy device to use. Especially for those that don’t have a grandchild to walk them through the process of figuring it out, we are here to provide a basic tutorial. We should note that the tutorial is not comprehensive; essentially we want to show you the necessary building blocked, needed to understand the tablet’s primary functionality.
How to Turn the iPad On?
-Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (the tab in the bottom center) until the Apple logo appears.
What to Do Now?
-Once the iPad is turned on, you will arrive at the Home Page.
-On the Home Page, you will see a series of on-screen options: Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Maps, Videos, iTunes, YouTube, App Store, Settings, Safari, Mail, Photos, iPod. (If you go into Settings, you can customize this list, adding or subtracting selected icons).
-Whatever part of the section you want to visit, touch that icon with your finger. A new page will then appear and, pending on your selection,