The much awaited India’s ultra low cost Aakash tablet is finally launched. In association with Ministry of Infornmation & Technology (India), Datawind launches Ubislate 7 in India as Aakash. Aakash Tablet is set to bridge the big India DIGITAL DIVIDE. Its main objective is to provide students of India, especially in its countryside, a cheap alternative to PC. Through Aakash tablet, students in India would have access to good quality study content like video lectures, e-books etc.
Aakash tablet offers a web delivery platform that enables quality and interactive knowledge over the internet. The tablet is a computing device that is low in cost but rich in features. The tablet is also integrated with social networking applications like facebook, twitter and with email.
Here we look at its features:
- Screen: 7-inches; 800-by-400 pixels; Resistive touchscreen
- Operating system: Android 2.2, Froyo
- Processor: 366 MHz Connexant; HD Video co-processor (both with graphics accelerators)
- Memory: 256MB RAM (internal); 2GB Flash (external)
- Storage: 2GB card included, expandable up to 32GB
- Ports: Two USB 2.0; 3.5mm audio out jack; 3.5mm audio in jack (No built-in speakers)
- Connectivity: GPRS; Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g
- Power: Up to 180 minutes on battery; AC adapter, 200-240 volt
- Weight: 350 grams
If analyze it deep, there are some negative points of it as well. The tablet screen, which is pressure sensitive, responds rather slowly to gestures. It’s certainly not as dazzling as the high-end tablets but that can be expected by its price. Browsing Internet and running the apps, one could easily notice that the response time is also quite slow. Scrolling, for instance, is a swipe-and-wait affair. A goofy plastic cover protects the screen, slowing down the touch response considerably.
Overall impression that this tablet gives us that it is built for performance. Many of those likely to use or own the the Aakash Tablet will never have used a desktop computer, and it’s possible that they never will.