Everyone was excited and pumped up when the Aakash tablet was launched. Dubbed as the cheapest tablet in the world, the Aakash tablet, is manufactured by a UK-based firm, Datawind. Its launch was aimed at equipping a tablet into the hands of every student in India. A Government initiative you can say. When it was launched, it didn’t disappoint. But neither did it satisfy everyone’s wish.

Specifications :

Both Ubislate and Aakash Tablet have almost same Specs. There are some small difference which made Ubislate a better tablet than Aakash. Here are they…

First one is SIM Card support. In India GPRS plan is available for throwaway prices. With Ubislate you can insert your SIM card and browse internet with GPRS. This is really a helpful for peoples from rural areas since most of the rural areas don’t have Broadband connection. And also we can make call with Ubislate as like mobile phone. Aakash tablet lack GPRS and Calling feature.

Another important problem with Aakash tablet is that it won’t support Android Market. Android market is very essential to download apps and games. Ubislate supports Android market and again proves that it is better than Aakash Tablet.

Even though the price is somewhat high Ubislate has decent specs than Aakash Tablet. If money is not a matter for you then go with Ubislate.


Aakash Tablet Warranty
Aakash Tablet comes with 1 year Replacement warranty. Take a look at the article in Economic Times. The actual manufacturing cost of Aakash Tablet is $35 and government is paying $49 to Datawind for adding Special Replacement Warranty. So if you got any problems with Aakash Tablet, then you can replace the tablet for Free.

Ubislate Warranty

Unlike Aakash Tablet, Ubislate has 1 year Warranty & 30 days replacement warranty.

There are some limitations of the Aakash Tablet PC:

1. Andrid 2.2 Froyo version: The Aakash tablet runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo version which cannot be further upgraded. Neither can you download apps from the Android marketplace which is famous for the quality and number of useful apps. In such a situation, students, for whom this tablet is primarily targeted, will be forced to use the existing apps and functionalities everytime because there is no room for something new or experimentation. Kinda sucks because students need to update themselves all the time and all this time, they need a machine/device which has the capability to update itself with time. The Aakash tablet doesn’t!

2. No 3G for students edition: The Aakash tablet will be available to the students at a subsidized price of $30-35. The commercial version, called as the Ubislate, will be available for $60. Ubislate features Wi-Fi+3G along with the capability to act as a phone with the additional support for a SIM while the Aakash tablet has got only Wi-Fi in its cradle with no SIM support. Now in a country like India, Wi-Fi is a scarcity, especially in rural areas where Aakash is expected to hit the maximum number of sales. With no Wi-Fi, the student will be forced to move to areas having Wi-Fi facility just to connect to the Internet? Isn’t that a bad move? Nowadays, students tend to spend a major chink of daily time on Internet and with no 3G, won’t it affect the student badly? I feel very badly. As a solution, students may need to buy the commercial version, Ubislate, which contains a SIM and 3G too, costing around $60 (dropping the tag of $35). But this isn’t that good a move since the Aakash is targeted for students.

3. No loudspeakers: Oh yes, rumors are afloat that the Aakash tablet has loudspeakers but in fact, it doesn’t. For audio output, it has only got a 3.5mm jack. So everytime a student needs to listen something, he will need to plug in the headphones. In case if he/she forgot them back at home, then it would mean no sound for him/her for the rest of day at school. Not good.

4. No MP4 support: The Aakash tablet supports only the following formats when it comes to videos: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV which means the MP4 format videos wont play. Just in case they need to be played, they have to be converted. And for that you may need an app from the marketplace which you cannot download since there is no marketplace access!

So to those who are very serious about buying the Aakash tablet, I would probably recommend them to go through these points before they make up their mind.


Here comes the another great news from Datawind. Datawind is offering Unlimited Internet for just Rs.98/month. Sure it gonna attract lots of peoples. And also there is a Built-in GPRS modem in Ubislate. So with Ubislate we can get unlimited connectivity anytime and anywhere.

Even though it is a great offer, i still have doubt with this. There are no networks in India which are providing Unlimited GPRS. Top players like Airtel, Tata Docomo, etc., are providing limited internet (1GB). How it is possible for Datawind to provide unlimited internet?

And also i am sure that there will be some speed and connectivity issues. Lets see what they gonna do.

Posted By

Shiva Chaitanya(3/4 B.Tech) MGIT

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