India’s president Pranab Mukherjee launched the Aakash 2 tablet (Ubislate 7ci) on the 11th of November which also happened to be the ‘National Education Day’. It was launched at a price of Rs 1130/-. Datawind, the maker of this tablet is commercially making it available at a price of Rs 4,499/- under the name of Ubislate 7ci. It has been developed under the aegis of IIT Bombay with the active support of C-DAC.
Pranab Mukherjee at launch
Specs are as follows:
Processor: 1GHz A8 Cortex
Screen: 7 Inch Capacitive
OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3)
Memory: 4 GB Internal with 32 GB expandable Micro SD
Front Cam: VGA
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (No 3G)
It supports two USB ports as well. But no calling function available in Aakash 2.
Aakash 2 tablet
Specifications a lot better than the previous version
The first Aakash tablet which was launched in October 2011 had only the price to its advantage but other than that it had specifications not worth looking at. Specs such as Resistive screen , 366 MHz Connexant processor, 256 MB of RAM , 2GB internal memory, Android 2.2 Froyo made it redundant tablet. The basic resistive touch was found to be very laggy and unresponsive, leave alone the other functionalities.
Compared to that, The Aakash 2 has all the the specs required for an entry level tablet. If you compare Aakash 2’s specs with that of a Micromax then you won’t find much of a difference. In addition to this IIT Bombay also have developed new apps for the Aakash 2 platform, especially for engineering students, including 3D modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training apps, robotic control and live assessment tools. All these inclusions make Aakash 2 a complete steal for college-goers.
So where can I buy Aakash 2 ???
The government bought these tablets at a rate of Rs 2263/- from Datawind and then is selling at a subsidized rate of Rs 1130/- for only college going students.
The first one lakh devices will be provided to students of engineering colleges and universities and then subsequently will be distributed to others.
About 22 crore students will get the device across the country in the next five to six years. By coming Monday alone, 20,000 devices are expected to reach out to the students. So if you are student kindly inquire with college authorities if the tablet is available in your college and book it ASAP !!
As for non college-goers they will have to buy it commercially at a price tag of Rs 4,499/- . Ubislate had launched 4 Tablets namely Ubislate 7Ri , Ubislate 7R+, Ubislate 7Ci, Ubislate 7C+ which start from Rs 2,999/- and go up to Rs 4,499/- . You guys can pre-order your tablet here.
Aakash 2 tablet
SHOULD you buy it?
So is this Tablet really worth buying..? If u don’t own a tablet and if your college is providing you the tablet at a price of Rs 1130/- then it certainly it is worth giving a shot. But since it is an entry level tablet it would be wrong to expect a more than decent performance from this device. But if you are planning to buy commercially at a non subsidized rate then I would not recommend you take one because adding 2-3k to this price would surely get you a better tablet from an Indian company like Karbonn or Micromax.
But as Datawind said at the launch, this tablet is especially made for students, college-goers from areas other than metropolitan cities where they can’t afford and can’t even think of spending more than Rs 2000-3000/- for a tablet. Thus providing books (e-books), training apps, educational apps etc all inside one device would not only give an impetus to learning and education but also give a boost to India’s Literacy Rate !!
So readers whats your take on Aakash 2 ? Would you go and get one ? Do you think the specs could have better than this ? Do share your view and drop in a comment !