I have a Nexus 7 and several iPads. The Nexus 7 I travel with and it does it's job. Not a big fan of the aspect ratio and the iPad is much more user friendly. If you can swing it, an iPad Mini or even cheaper, a refurb iPad 2 is the way to go and would likely get considerably more use for the non techie user. I bought my MIL an iPad 2 refurb last year. She uses it more than her laptop now.