Ultra-Cheap tablets are on the horizon

October 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

I have been hearing for over a year how tablet computers will become a device that many people use on a daily basis. When the iPad was introduced in April 2010, people went crazy for it. It sold an unprecedented 3 million devices in less than 3 months. At a minimum of $500 a pop, that is over 1.5 billion in revenue. But after seeing countless people struggle to find a way to assimilate their new ‘toys’ into their lives in a practical way, I bought into the notion that tablets were a fad that provided nothing that a laptop or smart phone couldn’t.

Perhaps the sense of impracticality came from the cost. $500+ is a lot to spend on something with an undefined purpose. Perhaps a tablet with a smaller price tag could provide benefits that outweighed the cost. That is exactly what the $35 Aakash Android tablet does. With an initial release planned for India next month, the Aakash tablet cut back on performance in order to make it affordable.

It will be easy for some to call the Aakash a piece of junk or an extremely cheap knockoff of an iPad, but the fact of the matter is that all technology becomes obsolete eventually. That new, beautiful, and sleek $1,500 MacBook Pro purchased 4 years ago that gave its owner a huge image and ego boost is now embarrassing to take out in public because it looks old and doesn’t behave like a new computer. Everywhere you turn you can see people on their iPhones, iPads, and shiny new MacBooks. But, I digress…

Aakash Tablet

The Aakash comes equipped with the Android 2.2 mobile OS and has a browser called UniSurfer installed which allows webpages to be processed faster to compensate for the slower processor. It also has 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities and a battery life of 3 hours. It comes equipped with two USB ports that allow the user to attach any number of devices such as a keyboard or an external hard drive. Because its main purpose is for educational use, it was designed to handle some additional wear and tear. Most people using the device will have little to no prior experience with computers.

Are there faster, more powerful products out there? Sure. Can any of them match the affordability of the Aakash tablet? Heck no.

Thanks for reading, head over to blackboard to take the extra credit quiz!

-Luke

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