At last the much awaited Aakash Tablet is out for sale now. Aakash Tablet is considered to be the cheapest tablet PC available in the market with a price tag of Rs.2500 (Approx $50). It is an Android based tablet PC, jointly developed by Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan and a London based company DataWind. Its initial trial production of 1 lakh units is manufactured at Hyderabad under an Indian based company Quad.
After its initial introduction to the nation as a low cost computing device by then Indian Education Minister Kapil Sibal, it faced many design changes, delays and setbacks. In the end, on October 5, 2011 Aakash Tablet was officially launched at New Delhi along with its road map for an upgraded version named UbiSlate 7.
Before showing you how to buy Aakash Tablet, lets have a quick look at its specifications and features.
The first Aakash Tablet model features an overall size of around 190.5 x 118.5 x 15.7mm. Its display is built around a 7 inch resistive touch screen. A 7 inch screen is the smallest you could imagine on a device termed as Tablet, but its good enough in its given price range. Resistive touch screens are outdated compared to capacitive touch screens which are more responsive and fast. It runs on a 366 MHz processor with Graphics Accelerator and HD Video Co-processor with a considerably low 256Mb RAM. Initial feed-backs from the early release models is that with this low speed processor and tiny RAM, it frequently freezes and power efficiency is also on the lower side. Its internal data storage capacity is 2GB and you can have upto 32GB on the external memory card slot (Micro SD). Now that’s good enough !
For connectivity it has two normal USB slots, GPRS and WiFi. Absence of 3G makes a huge blow to this tablet, considering the speed of GPRS which is slower than a snail. Even this GPRS is only available on commercial version of Aakash tablet (bad luck students). But one interesting and good thing about its USB slot is that it accepts USB pen drives, which I bet students will love. For connecting head phones you have a 3.5mm standard headphone jack as well.
Aakash tablet runs on outdated Android 2.2 (Froyo) with no indications of any upgrade to newer versions like 2.3 (Gingerbread) or 3 (Honeycomb) in near future. But given the current hardware configuration, I don’t think it meets even the minimum hardware requirements for the higher versions. A huge drawback, which might get rectified later, is the non availability of Android Market for downloading apps. All it has is a GetJar application from where you can download apps. It can play most standard audio and video formats like MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AC3, AVI,MPEG4, MPEG2 and FLV. That sums up its software configurations.
The battery backup of Aakash tablet is roughly around 2 hours continuous usage with a 2100mAh battery. Even though its a little low, this was expected from a low-cost mini tablet. Battery will hardly last for a whole day of college and also gets heated up after few mins of usage.
Overall even with its drawbacks, it does give you enough bang for your bucks. If you are one who has used tablets or laptops in past, then you wont be impressed with this piece of gadget. I wont recommend this to you. But if you have not owned any laptops or tablets before and looking to own one and get started, then this could be the one you are looking for which won’t burn a hole in your pocket !
If you are one among the latter ones, then here is how you can buy Aakash tablet.
Aakash tablet is available at their official website in a price tag of Rs.2,500 [ Order now ]
(Cash on delivery available)
An upgraded version of Aakash table under the name UbiSlate 7 is available for pre-order at Rs.2,999. It will have an improved 700 Mhz Cortex A8 processor with much better ram and battery backup, running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Let us know your comments on this revolutionary product for common Indian people. Will this bring the same impact Mobile phones did a few years back when Reliance brought dead cheap phones and plans to common people.
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