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Old August 2, 2012, 11:33 AM
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My mom's been wanting an 'iPhone' for ages but it turns out that she thought that was an all-encompassing term for smartphones.

So I got her a new Nexus S and it'll be arriving to her in a day or two. In the meantime, I want to know if anyone here can recommend a good guide exists to teach older people about Android. It can be a website, PDF or a book.

It just needs to be simple, easy to understand and with big pictures/easy to read diagrams.

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Old August 2, 2012, 01:20 PM
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Sit down and show them how it works is honestly the best way.

Android personally is far easier to use and learn than ios
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Old August 2, 2012, 02:28 PM
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I agree, Android is very simple and intuitive to use. My wife is tech-illiterate and she managed to figure out her phone and tablet after a few weeks.
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Old August 2, 2012, 07:38 PM
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It will be easier (for her) if you just show here the basic functions first. It will be immensely frustrating for you though lol. My nearly 70 year old grandmother got a galaxy S2 after only having flip phones and she managed to catch on after a few weeks. Now she's using voxer, voice recognition, apps, etc... Also, hide all of the useless stock apps/bloatware in a folder so that there are less things on the screen. Start with the basics of contacts / phone calls / texts.
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I near drove a knife through my abdomen teaching my dad Windows Phone 7 lol.

But I guess nothing beats sitting down and giving a proper demo. I'll just have to re-learn Android since I haven't meaningfully used it since 2.1.
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So I got her a new Nexus S and it'll be arriving to her in a day or two. In the meantime, I want to know if anyone here can recommend a good guide exists to teach older people about Android. It can be a website, PDF or a book.

Any thoughts?
I got my mother the same phone. She's had cellphones for decades but can now finally text.

She knows how to use Windows 7 so I simply showed her the "taskbar", "system tray", "All programs menu" and any other similarities.

She picked it up pretty quick and now has a 10.2 tab to go with it.
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I near drove a knife through my abdomen teaching my dad Windows Phone 7 lol.

But I guess nothing beats sitting down and giving a proper demo. I'll just have to re-learn Android since I haven't meaningfully used it since 2.1.
Windows Mobile is an absolute bitch to learn compared to Android. It'll be a cakewalk.
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In my opinion Windows 7.5 looks way easier than Android, maybe because of the cleaner interface.
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