Video and Calls
The GrandPad can make audio calls, send emails, and send recorded messages, but we were most excited to try the video calling feature. In our experience, this feature worked pretty well, with calls coming in loud and clear, with high-quality video. Even when these calls were conducted over 4G LTE (as opposed to Wi-Fi), we had a similarly seamless experience.
Another feature we appreciated was the auto-answer option. By turning this feature on, incoming calls will start after a few rings, which would come in handy for someone who might have trouble answering on their own.
Another useful feature of the GrandPad is the photo album. Not only does this app store photos taken with the GrandPad itself, but it also stores photos added by loved ones. Using the GrandPad app, they can upload photos to a shared cloud, and they’ll be immediately viewable on the GrandPad.
Both the front and rear cameras on the GrandPad are rated 5 MP. To give you a comparison, the iPhone 13 has 12 MP, and the latest iPhone has 48 MP. Your loved one may be able to see a crisp, clear image of you through their GrandPad, but keep your expectations low for the quality of image you’ll see.
While these cameras can perform well with video, photos are a different story.
Internet and Browsing
Browsing the internet was easy, and pages loaded quickly, at least when we were connected to a Wi-Fi network. When I was on a 4G LTE network outside of the house, the connection was a bit spotty. The included internet app makes it easy to type in the names of websites and click and scroll.
Not only could I view current weather conditions and the five-day forecast on the GrandPad, but I was also able to see the weather for the locations of each of my five “trusted” contacts. Because they are large and clear, most seniors would have no trouble viewing the weather conditions and forecast.
As a huge music buff, I was thrilled about the 30-million-song database we could search for songs to add to our GrandPad’s music app. However, I was frustrated that the library initially available on the tablet was very slim, and I could not access any other streaming services, like Spotify or Amazon Music.