Just a few hours after the launch of Iphone 4S, and a few hours before the death of “The father of IPad – Steve Jobs”, India came up with the world’s cheapest android tablet.
Aakash Android Tablet for just $45
At a time, when pads are considered as the most expensive gadget in the world, India has come up with the cheapest android tablet - “Aakash” (means SKY). Aakash is the world’s cheapest tablet, which you can easily find for Rs. 2500 ($45).
This device is made jointly by an Indian IIT institute, in collaboration with UK based company – “Datawind”. Its founders, Raja Singh Tuli and Suneet Singh Tuli, developed it to help Indian Students in their studies.
That is why, Indian Students can buy it for a special price of Rs. 1400 ($28). Government, by providing this tablet for Rs. 1400 ($28) to 100000 college students, is trying to revolutionize Indian Education System.
Datawind is also planning to sell this Tablet in partnership with different Telecom companies, with Rs. 99 ($2) per month Internet Services. It is retailed under the brand name UbiSlate
Aakash – Is it an IPAD killer?
I am sure you guys are intelligent enough not to consider it as an IPAD killer. Because, it is not.
The price of an IPAD is 12 times more than that of Aakash TAB. So, don’t expect it to be as cool and stylish as IPAD. Plus, it is not as powerful as your home PC.
But still, it is not a bad device, especially at the price it is offered. It can do a lot of things that an IPAD can, but yes in its own way. After all, it is a tab for common men, who can’t afford Apple’s or Samsung’s.
Aakash Android Tablet – Key Features
At such a low price level, you can expect a tab to provide a lot of features. And this is where, Aakash Tab is so good. It provide some really good features, some of which are as follows:
- It has a 7 inch (18 cms) touch screen.
- It has 256 MB RAM.
- It has a memory card slot, with 2 GB memory card. You can expand its memory up to 32 GB.
- It is WIFI and GPRS enabled, that means you can also browse Internet on it.
- It is a fully functional multimedia player – that means you can view movies, listen to songs and play games on it.
- It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo version, with full access to the Application Market.
- It provides 3.5 hours of battery backup.
- You can access to 70000 ebooks and 2100 E-journals across 1500 colleges in India.
- It also has a dedicated card to process 1080p videos
- It is very lightweight, and weighs only 350gms.
- And, at just $45, its very cheap.
Features Comparison – Aakash Vs. The world
The following figures shows the comparison of ”Aakash” with world’s popular tablets:
|Aakash Tablet||Other Tablets|
|Screen||7 inches||7-10 inches|
|RAM||256 MB||256 MB – 1 GB|
|Storage||2GB (32 GB Expandable)||4-64 GB|
|Price||Rs. 2200 ($45)||Rs. 15000 – Rs. 30000 ($500)|
|Ports||2 Full USB||Micro USB|
|OS (Operating System)||Android 2.2||IOS & Android 2.2 / 2.3|
Aakash Tab – For Children of the World
While launching this tablet, Indian HRD minister named it as a device for the children of the world. I am a big criticizer of Indian Government, but this is one great step that they have taken for “not-so-rich” students of the world. Just imagine, a person, who can’t afford high end tablets, can also have a tablet of his own.
Of course, it can’t match the quality of Apple, Samsung or HTC. But, even they can’t match the happiness that this tablet will bring on the faces of “middle income group” people. So world, please step aside for Aakash, the cheapest android tablet of the world.