Indian government in it’s quest to make technology reach the roots of the country, have partnered with Datawind of U.K to produce a dead-cheap tablet named “Aakash”. Also being called the “Made in India Tablet”, this one will revolutionize the usage of internet for sure.
Here are some features of Aakash tablet:
Screen: 7 inch resistive touch screen with display resolution of 480*800 pixels. The screen is also the costliest component of the tablet.
OS: Android v2.2 (Froyo)
Memory: Internal flash memory of 2GB with 256 MB of RAM.
Card slot: MicroSD slot ,expandable upto 32GB. A 2 Gb memory card is included.
Processor : a 366 MHz processor clocks inside
Battery : 2100 mAh which can power the device for 3 hours with normal use
Weight: 350 gms
Price: $35 (government) and $60(retail)
The specs look very impressive given the ultra-low cost. The biggest con for ” Aakash ” is that it is not registered on the Android market and connectivity is limited to WiFi only. This would mean that you can’t download any apps from the Android app store directly. Some work-around can be done to get some apps running, though. There is no webcam as expected.
The device can play full HD videos @ 1080 pixels and as any Android device, can stream YouTube videos with little pain. This makes it a plus point for students who can access vast number of NPTEL videos already uploaded to the video sharing website.
Starting November, the cheapest tablet would be available for retail order for about Rs 3000. This retail version adds support to access internet through 3G networks also.I am pretty excited about the tablet that I would be checking to pre-order it on e-commerce sites like Flipkart and Letsbuy. Adding more , the tablet also offers 1 year warranty.
For now, the cheap tablet attempt has been a success and I doubt anyone would be looking for an iPad or a Galaxy Tab without getting this first.