Acorn tablet connects up older generation

Technology is great for levelling the playing field, but what happens when it doesn’t? If you’ve grown up using smartphones, tablets and other devices, it can be difficult to remember that not everyone has the same experience and affinity with technology.

But there are ways around that. A number of tech companies have been targeting this market successfully; Doro, for example, has a number of smartphones aimed at the older consumer, with larger buttons, louder ring tones and simpler menus.

It’s into this market that Irish company Cliffrun Media has launched Acorn, a tablet that aims to connect the older generation.

The concept is a simple one: take a tablet, put a custom operating system on top and make it easy for users to access most common tasks, such as taking photos or contacting their family.

The Acorn is an Android tablet underneath, with 32GB of storage and a 10.1 inch screen. It comes with version 8.1 of the software preloaded.

In the box with the review unit we got a stand for the tablet – very useful – and a pen that also doubles as a stylus. You can pick up extra accessories from the Acorn store online.

But the main strength of the tablet isn’t its accessories or hardware. It’s in the software, with a simple layout and plenty of guidance for those less familiar with technology. There are four main menu options: talk, photos, calendar and explore, with an Acorn button in the centre. Tap that and you get an overview of your day – what time it is, what the weather forecast is, notifications to deal with.

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Chat interface

You can also access local content – news or public events, for example, and add them to your calendar for the future – from that main screen.



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