Old people get such a bad rap when it comes to mobile devices that you\u2019d think every invention of note was made by someone under 20 years. But the digital age which has spawned smartphones and tablets, especially tablets, has also spawned a lot of confusion \u2014 hence there is a huge market for those over 50 (and 60 and 70) who\u2019d appreciate a tablet that didn\u2019t try to prove how \u201ccool\u201d it was and instead focused on letting them DO things. That\u2019s the rationale \u2014 and it\u2019s a good one \u2014 behind the RealPad. And having it put out by AARP, the org for folks who've hit the higher age bracket doesn\u2019t hurt either. Compare this to our Barnes and Noble Nook simple touch with glowlight review for another tablet that might hit that age bracket.\r\nWhat It\u2019s Got\r\nThe RealPad starts by being a 7\u201d (7.8\u201d to be exact) tablet \u2014 so right away the weight has been minimized compared to a larger size (as in 14 ounces). If you want something a bit bigger, you might be interested in our HP Pavillion TouchSmart SleekBook review instead. The expected \u201ctablet\u201d technologies are there (i.e., accelerometer and gyroscope) as are general technologies such as built in memory (16GB), Bluetooth, WiFi (B\/G\/N), SD card and USB and front and rear-facing cameras (2MP\/5MP). These are accompanied by apps that have been pre-installed for user convenience and include gaming and productivity, among others. All of this works through Androids \u201cKitKat 4.4\u201d operating system, which by default means the Google Play Store is included. It also means that the RealPad\u2019s price compared to an Apple pad will be lower, and in this case it\u2019s quite low \u2014 retailing for $189.00. For another cool piece of technology, electronic paper arrives.\r\nWhat It Can Do\r\nThanks to a moderately fast processor (1.5 GHz, Dual Core), the RealPad responds quickly and efficiently to touch-tapping. It\u2019s not a matter of impatience, but concern that it\u2019s working that can cause consternation and dismay in the user and this is obviated by the speed at which the tablet functions. There\u2019s no lag or \u201csigh\u201d as the OS responds to user input \u2014 scrolling with finger flicks happen exactly as fast as they should and apps launch exactly as fast as they should. Having a HD screen also increases being able to see what\u2019s onscreen (it\u2019s 1024 x 768), especially since the simplified interface (a task bar running along the bottom of the pad) features big, bright icons that are extremely self-explanatory.\r\nHow It Can Help You\r\nAARP has done three things with the RealPad to avoid user confusion and complaints: the first being to include over 20 \u201cHow-To\u201d videos that cover basic functions from doing email to web browsing to using a tablet, plus there is an interactive repair tool app; the second being to include a 27\/7 free to call\/free to use \u201cHelp\u201d phone number; the third being a remote access option in which a technician can be invited to \u201center\u201d the tablet\u2019 as a user and so look for a problem and solve it as the user watches (you call them first). This can\u2019t work if there\u2019s a physical problem blocking the RealPad (such as not being able to join a home network) but has some real advantages so I decided to try it by tapping the RealHelp icon and following the prompts to set it up. Soon enough the RealPad started to behave as if a ghostly user was tapping it from over my shoulder (not having a cursor appear onscreen makes doing this much more eerie). The technician can\u2019t access the camera, btw. Oh, the camera\u2019s autofocus is like a little wheel that spins and locks when focus is there: this kind of confirmation is right on for the target audience.\r\nHow It Sells Itself\r\nI had shown the RealPad to my senior neighbor Sybil, who thought it was nice but didn't\u2019 see a reason to put away her PC. So I had her sit down with it while I read a book (yes, print) and from the sound of things she had a great time. In fact, she later told me that it was the fear of something going wrong that had kept her from getting a tablet. Now she wants one \u2014 specifically she wanted mine. I shudder to think what my Mom is going to say when I show it to her -- she told me last week that she's awful tired of the Kindle I got her for her last birthday.\r\nWhy It Sells Itself\r\nAARP knows that\u00a0 their audience won\u2019t accept a tablet that treats them as worse than little children by restricting their use through limitations in hardware and software. So the RealPad functions the same regardless of the user\u2019s age. But it\u2019s the support that makes this tablet stand out, so if AARP can get the word out, they\u2019ll have a real winner in the RealPad.