Aakash tablet, is undoubtedly a pride for India. In the sense that, we Indians were able to think one huge step beyond the price hype created about the tablets by the world's leading techno cartels and lobbies. Just the way micromax did with its phones, which has not brought Nokia down to its knees in India with its Asha series of phones!
To begin with, the tablets are simple devices. See if a tablet is all you actually need using this checklist:
- If you browse a lot, read emails and reply in one-liners
- Consume movies and videos like food, and music like water
- And importantly if a keyboard for you comes into picture only to login and type in your password.
- Reading news online and ebooks (if you don't do this now, you soon will)
- STOP: A tablet is for you.
In this blogpost lets look at some simple math as to why should one buy a tablet, more precisely, an Aakash tablet.
Imaginary Scenario: Let's say, the product sucks.
I am writing this article, when nobody per se has really used this product, not atleast in large numbers. So lets start with the following assumptions.
- The touch sensitivity is not-that-sensitive
- The processor is slow
- The video buffering gets stuck, as the processor is not great
- The battery back up is not very great
- Gaming experience is not all that adrenaline
Here are some Aakash review videos from Youtube...Have fun..take rest and continue reading!
OK, Lets spill some Numbers...
The cost of Aakash Tablet: Rs.2500(Lower end), Rs.3000-1(Higger end called Ubislate7+), but since the name Ubilate7+ sounds weird like some American CIA operation codename to catch Jason Bourne, we will just stick to the Indian-masala name Aakash, which BTW means Sky.
Usage Scenario: News subscriptions
Cost of subscribing to The following for one month.
Altogether, Rs.300/month * 12 = Rs.3600
Forget about subscribing to Ney York times, Playboy and Le monde in India. But hey, for all the newspapers and magazines we just mentioned above, there is a website, which I presume doesn't cost you anything! Think about that. How about reading all of them on a tablet, and clicking the ads now and then, so that the newspapers get some money, which will prevent them from converting the online version of their news into a paid thingy. We all hate paid apps and softwares, don't we. Ok, if we hate paid so much, what business do we have with Kindle?!
It is worthwhile to be reminded now that the Aakash tablet is only Rs.3000. A Life time (5-6 years!) investment for a reading device. How to do this? Is explained in this article that I wrote a few days back.
Usage Scenario: Audiobooks and ebooks
With an application like Aldiko, if you just have the epub format of your favorite books, you are pretty much all set to read books on Android.
Other ebook readers of Note:
Usage Scenario: Kindle for Android
Unfortunately(for Amazon), Amazon already provides a kindle Reader for Android, and also now has an independent app market for Android based mobiles and tablets. And worth mentioning is that the Kindle fire, is more of a service and less of a tablet in itself. It is a great thing to buy if you have already spent hundreds or may be even thousands of dollars on ebooks and audiobooks and music. In this case having a kindle fire would be of some use. Even under this scenario, it can be no-brain-ly deciphered that any Android device, with the related apps namely, Kindle and Audible for ebooks and audiobooks respectively, can be put to the same use.
Cost of Kindle Fire : $200(minus 1) = approx. Rs.13,000/--in India
Cost of Aakash Tablet: Rs.3000(minus 1)=approx. $60
If the product has a good capacitive touch screen and if it comes with an O.K response to touch, without any doubts this tablet can be bought. If not for being used as a full time laptop alternative, but atleast for watching movies and reading newspapers, ebooks and browsing. And moreover, there is an USB port... just saying.
Aakash Tablet Specifications: from http://www.akashtablet.com/
- Aakash Tablet is already out of stock (mobigyaan.com)
- India Gets $57 Tablet the Ubislate 7 (netbooknews.com)
- India's Aakash Tablet is a Huge Hit; Completely Sold Out (techie-buzz.com)
- Ubislate 7: India Gets Second Low-Cost Tablet - For US$57 (techcrunch.com)
- Aakash Tablet up for sale; Aakash 2 available for pre-order (techknots.com)