Sacramento students are eager for the new seven-inch, $60 pressure-sensitive tablet to arrive locally. If Indian students can buy it for $35 and Canadian students for $60, Sacramento public school and college students are chafing at the bit for the new tablet to arrive here because it works as well as the tablets that cost hundreds of dollars. The digital divide is falling, perhaps, when tablets can be bought by almost anyone for under $100. See the uTube video on the Aakash tablet.
Now the question is what will Sacramento public school teachers say when kids bring the tablet to class and play with it using the pressure-sensitive screen to surf during classroom time? Will the lightweight tablet easy to carry as a cell phone enhance or distract from homework and classtime at school?
The Indian government thinks the $35 Aakash Android tablet has the power to change the world. It has been reviewed to be an excellent pressure-sensitive tablet that will be competing soon around the world with the tablets now on sale. Check out the October 26, 2011 article by, Chikodi Chima, “Hands On: India’s $35 Aakash Android tablet lands in America (exclusive).”
You don’t have to be wireless to use the tablet because the Aakash has both GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities. Its battery power is limited to 180 minutes of use on a full charge, but it comes with an AC adapter. So when the next rain storm puts out the electricity, your tablet can run off of the battery and have Internet access, at least for the 180 minutes of time, assuming you’ve fully charged the tablet before the electricity goes out.
For people who don’t like wireless devices or are sensitive to wireless gadgets, it’s good to have a tablet that runs on battery or AC adapter. For example, many older people sensitive to wireless technology want GPRS capability, wherease many younger people such as high school and college students use wireless. It’s a personal choice.
It’s called the Aakash Android tablet. The device is called Aakash, which means ‘sky’ in Hindi. Interestingly, the tablet was produced in India, a point of pride for the country’s government.
The 7-inch Android-based device will be distributed at a government subsidized price of $35, making it the world’s cheapest Android device.
When will it come to the USA? The general retail price will be $60. The tablet is powerful and will compete with other tablets costing hundreds of dollars to do similar tasks. A contract between the Indian government and Canadian development partner DataWind, could mean that between 10 and 12 million devices will be available to students in India by the end of 2012. American students want to know when they will be able to buy a $60 tablet? Check out more about the device in Computer World.