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Akash Tablet - World's Cheapest Tablet @ $60 (Update: Video)

Discussion in 'Engineering & Technology News' started by Kaustubh Katdare, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Kaustubh Katdare


    Engineering Discipline:
    Finally, the much awaited tablet, that Kapil Sibal promised, has been launched as 'Akash' for $60 (~Rs. 3000) in India. Akash tablet has been jointly developed by India along with Britain based company Data Wind. The tablet will run Google Android 2.2 (Froyo) and features 7" LCD screen that operates at 800x480 resolution. The tab has 256 MB RAM and 32GB expandable memory slot along with two USB ports. The Akash tablet will ship with 12 month of replacement warranty. The software supports popular file formats like .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pptx. As we guessed in our earlier post, Akash has 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

    Akash Tablet - World's Cheapest Tablet For Rs. 3000

    The 2100 mAh battery will last for about 3 hours depending upon usage. There are few pre-loaded apps. Unfortunately the tablet won't be able to download apps from the Android market place. The tablet will be priced at Rs. 3000 and expected to hit the retail stores in November 2011. The Indian Government will acquire the tablet from Data Wind for about Rs. 2250 and make it available to post-secondary school students in the first phase. In case you're wondering, yes the tablet has GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g.

    Our Opinion:

    While the tablet looks quite attractive from the price point, we have our own doubts about its public acceptance. Only having a digital device isn't going to add value to learning. The Government needs to support it with infrastructure and Wi-Fi is still a distant dream for many places in India. What's your opinion about Akash?

    Akash Tablet Review Summary (Updated)
    For Busy People
    : Quality comes at a price.

    For The Rest Of Us: We like the price. Everyone does and it's evident from your comments below. What if the hardware & software that you invested your money in does not live up to your expectations? The presence of two USB ports would make lot of students joyous but we don't see any of its use beyond copying music & videos to your tablet. Of course you can plug-in a keyboard in your tablet and do some serious work. Plus the tablet ships with Facebook app - which will definitely make you forget that this tablet is actually intended to aid you get more marks in exam. The biggest drawbacks of this tablet, in our opinion are -

    1. The unresponsive screen (We live in iPad times, right?)

    2. Tablet heats up fast! Maybe IIT guys should have worked on heat-sink.

    3. Only Wi-Fi connectivity. No 3G. That means, the classrooms will have to be equipped with wireless routers.

    4. Tablet does not install anything from Android App market! Holy crap!

    Tell us how many of you still want to buy Aakash tablet?
    #1 Kaustubh Katdare, Oct 5, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
  2. This new tablet pc should have the provision for downloading apps from the Android market place.
  3. haha!!
    stupid dumbass sibal launched tablet that cant download any apps??
  4. won't be stupid, needs to be upgraded....
  5. that is not the big issue that apps are not downloadable....tell me that we can install additional apps or not.....? if it not supports so then it will b a big issue.......
  6. Post updated with video :)
  7. To the best of my knowledge, no. However, we'll have to wait for some time till we get our hands on this tablet. 
  8. Will be available in retail stores starting November.
  9. It has got Android 2.2 (Froyo). Sure you can download and install apps from the market!
  10. It is unbelivable.........
  11.  can we play any video in it
  12. its just like china make.. there are in so many in market at very low price... battery back up will not be good...
  13. its delay for our country but its good and it should come soon to real time for all students,.,
  14. just see the effort ! idot b4 judging, he didnt take any money from ur pocket to develop the same
  15. This is another useless headline grabbing stunt and a visionless expenditure from the governement. They are going to be useless toys in a few days of ownership. Better money would be well spent to equip state schools with better/upgraded IT equipment projectors etc. Gosh, Where do they get these pointless advice!
  16. Idiot superNigger..you should never take it,but let others enjoy,,you keep living in your own field of negativity.
  17. Aakash is yet another example of government providing neck ties to enhance appearance, but not with trousers, shirts and a pair of shoes.
  18. I believe its quite an effort. . .but needs a lot of infrastructural support, else it'd be like the case where the newly formed state gov distributed Free laptops but the villages had no electricity to run them. So much for development, Huh !!!

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