If you’re looking to get an Aakash tablet then you’re at the right place to weigh your instincts. We’ll tell you every pros and cons of Aakash tablet and let you know if its worth to buy or not.
Don’t forget to read our conclusion as it holds some vital information regarding the second version of Aakash i.e Aakash-2.
Lets start with some advantages,
- Its the cheapest tablet, and this one got to be the biggest advantage of Aakash tablet. You can’t get a smartphone within 3000 but you can definitely pocket an Aakash tablet if you’re ready to pay Rs. 3000. For students, the price of tablet is $35 (Rs 1500), 50 percent subsidized by the Government.
- Aakash tablet comes with the best Andoid 2.2 Froyo with over 15k pre-installed apps.
- The tablet is completely touchscreen based with a stylus to operate.
- Configuration of the tablet is basically good for most school going and some college students. 256 Mb RAM and 366Ghz processor is good to run pdf/ppt of study materials, YouTube videos and many others.
- Aakash tablet comes with 2 Gb internal storage and upto 32 external storage. Its enough to hold upto 350 apps or 45 movies.
- Aakash tablet supports a number of file formats for images, audio and video.
- Commercial version of Aakash comes with a number of other features including support to GPRS, Wi-Fi, 3G and SIM facility. It allows faster data access and use of the tablet as a smartphone to make and receive calls. This would definitely go down as a big advantage of Aakash cheapest tablet.
- As Government is sponsoring the Aakash tablet on behalf of Datawind, you can be assure of better after sale services.
- Price of Aakash tablet will go down with every year, as said by Datawind. Every year, there will be improvements in the tablets and tweaks will be found to further cut down the prices.
And now, talking of the disadvantages of Aakash tablet,
- Aakash comes with Android 2.2 but you can’t access Android marketplace to download new apps and games.
- Aakash tablet heats up quickly. When I first used the tablet, it heated up in just 45 mts.
- 2100mAh battery of the tablet isn’t powerful enough to provide good power, it lasts upto 3.5 hrs in reading mode and 3 hrs if running a video.
- Non-availability of inbuilt webcam is another disadvantage, however you can plug external webcam in the USB port provided.
- Aakash tablet face problems in running heavier programs/apps, simultaneous running of multiple programs can be problematic too.
- It has a resolution of 640×480 px which isn’t something most people would like. Better resolution means better picture quality.
- An finally, the last and probably the biggest disadvantage of Aakash tablet is the non-availability of customer care centers. At present, you can find customer care centers in a few metro-cities only.
Buy it, a tablet within Rs 3000 is worth to buy.
On 16th December ’11, Datawind announced the availability of 30,000 tablets for online sale at aakashtablet.com. They are priced at Rs 2,500.
If you wanna get maximum juice of your money then its better to wait till Feb-March ’12 when Aakash-2, the improved version of Aakash would be available in the market. It’ll have better configuration, powerful battery, inbuilt camera, full access to Android marketplace and lots more features.
The best part of Aakash-2 is the cost, which will remain at Rs 1500 for students and Rs 3000 for ‘aam’ aadmi. So, its worth to wait 2-3 more to catch the improved version of Aakash tablet.