I, too, am an over 70 year-old grandma. I did buy a Kindle a few years ago, but when the iPad came out, there was no question. I use it for everything. I can read books, recipes, see the color pictures, video cooking shows, use interactive books with my grandchildren, as well as all the other things you can do with an iPad - e-mail, web browsing, Angry birds, Starwalk, etc. I just got an iPhone 4s and love facetime. Soon, I will have to get an iPad 2 - or wait for the iPad #!!! The iPad is much easier for me to use than the Kindle was. It was very awkward to maneuver around.