I realise this is a question fraught with the possibility of religious controversy, but I trust my fellow Wieners to remain civilised.
A friend wants to get his Grandma onto the internet, primarily for web access & email. Grandma is a smart person, but stereotypically technophobic : "Ooooh, I couldn't possibly figure that out! Only you *smart* people can do computer things." Yeah-yeah-yeah.
So the question is : What kind of system should my friend get for Grandma?
Given the amount of swearing at Windows that I do, I have trouble imagining foisting that onto Grandma. (But that may just be that I'm a techno-geek, fiddle with systems, & have expectations of them behaving reasonably. I know -- silly girl.)
I have no clue about the Mac anymore -- haven't had cause to be near one in years. Once upon a time, that was the really easy, turn-key system. Is that a Grandma-friendly option?
There's been much hoopla for years about "Internet appliances" hooked to your existing TV. Anybody have any applicable experiences with anything like that?
-- Grandma is not geographically close by. Meaning if something breaks (or gets corrupted, or virus'd, or whatever), there isn't anybody who can just drive over (the river & through the woods) to Grandma's house to fix the problem.
-- Obviously needs to be pretty bomb-proof, & easy to use.
-- Grandma is not going to be remotely interested in any other software. Computer games & audio/video editing are not her thing.
-- Grandma doesn't have a big footprint available for a monitor & such. For that reason, I'm thinking that a laptop is the way to go.
The best one that I've found is (I think, I'm not at home to check the brand) the Remington one with the vacuum. I'm sorta a neat freak, and over the sink or in the tub still leaves hair scattered everywhere.