The cheapest tablet developed by India, Aakash is not available in the market. Somehow, I managed to have hands-on experience with the cheapest computer when one of my friend working in Datawind showed it to me.
So here is what the specifications of Aakash tablet says,
366 Mhz atom processor, 256MB RAM
With such a processor and RAM, Aakash tablet can only run lighter softwares and apps. It’ll face some difficulties in running videos if running alongside some bigger programs like MS Office or PDF Reader. Multitasking might be troublesome but its okay for students who usually work on lighter softwares.
Students from computer field shouldn’t opt for the tablet as I suspect it wouldn’t run programming languages like Java and .net that efficiently. There might be problems in running IDE’S like Netbeans and Eclipse too.
2Gb internal memory, expandable to 32Gb, 1 USB Port
This is enough for students and village people who use computer for mild uses. More memory would have been better but 32 Gb expandable is fine too.
7′ display, 350gm weight
Aakash tablet appears cute with small display and 800 x 480 screen resolution. It’s completely touchscreen based, you can work on the tablet using a stylus.
Weight is somewhere around 350gm which is almost 1/3 rd of your laptop.
WIFI, GPRS, 3G and SIM
Student version of Aakash tablet has an inbuilt WIFI but there is no support for GPRS or SIM facility. The second version, meant for market sale would include all these three features which means the tablet could be used as a phone as well as a tablet.
Android 2.2 OS (Froyo)
Operating system fuelling Akash tablet is Google’s Andoid 2.2, also providing is more than 15k apps including many useful text-editors, games and others.
But users don’t have support to Android marketplace, so new apps cannot be downloaded.
Wide range of software support
The other good feature of Aakash tablet is that it supports wide range of softwares and file formats. Some of them includes,
- Document formats like DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
- PDF viewer and Text editor
- Multimedia and Image Display
- Support image formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
- Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Price between 35$-60$
If you’re a student then you can pocket one Aakash tablet in just Rs 1500-1700. Price of tablet for common people is located somehwere in between Rs 3000-3200.
No camera/webcam but supports via USB
Basically, Aakash tablet doesn’t have an inbulit webcam but you can plug one in the USB port. As of now, it supports VGA webcams, some 1.3 megapixel webcam might work fine.
In addition to these features, the tablet provides accessories like Car charger, external antenna, keyboard case. You have to pay additional amount to get carry-case for the tablet.
You can also get unlimited Mobile Internet at only Rs.98/month.