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AKASH : The Cheapest Tablet in the World

Updated on April 25, 2017

AKASH - The Best Low Cost Tablet in the World

India is the country that produced the cheapest car – nano by Tata Motors- in the world. India has again created history by initiating a project of supplying the cheapest tablet computers for school and college students for e learning. The tablet computer named as AKASH was launched on 5 October 2011. Akash is one of the best low cost tablet PC available in the world. It aims to improve the IT capabilities of the students and to bridge the digital divide in the country.


Akash Tablet To Enhance the ICT Capability of Students

Akash Tablet is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. The main motive behind the programme is to enhance the ICT capability of students from primary classes to universities by utilising the specially prepared educational materials and the free e resources available in the internet for their studies and research. It aims to make available a low cost PC or Tablet PC for all students in the country. The price of Akash Tablet for students is between 20 to 23 dollars as per this programme.

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Ubislate - Low Cost Tablet for the public

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur, one of the premier technical institution of India took up the project as per the suggestion of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. A prototype of the cheapest tablet was ready by 2009. Datawind, a British company based in Canada has agreed to manufacture the tablet as per the specifications of the government and the first batch of Akash tablet was delivered in October 2011. The commercial version of the Akash Tablet for the public, named Ubislate, is priced little higher than the subsidised student version.

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Akash Tablet : The specifications of the basic version

Akash Tablet is manufactured on Android platform. The specifications of the basic version are

  • 7” Touch Screen

  • 1 Gz Cortex Processor

  • WiFi

  • 512 MB RAM

  • 4 GB External Memory,which can be expandable upto 32GB

  • 3 Hours Battery Back Up

Ubislate Tablet
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Akash Tablet - A Tool for Improving the Quality of Teaching Learning Process

Akash Tablet has been designed as a tool for improving the quality the teaching learning process and reinforcing research aptitude among the students of schools and colleges. Many Universities and educational institutions have come forward to work with the project. They are preparing e learning materials and on line education programes for the Akash Tablets users. They are on the mission of integrating their e learning software with this Akash Tablet. It is expected that more than 100000 e books and journals will be available with Akash Tablet soon.


Akash - The Tablet Revolution

The tablet can help the student community for utilising thousands of educational resources available in the internet and improving the over all quality of education. It can also be a part of ongoing adult education and continuing education programmes. The tablet revolution introduced by the government sponsored Akash Tablet can also help in human resource development and increasing the job potential of youth of the country.

Akash Tablet - A Boon For Third World Nations

Akash Tablet can not be compared with Samsung Galaxy or I phone in it features and specifications . It is a tool for initiating a revolution in the field of education in country like India. The third world nations can follow this project for making the nation e literate and augmenting the ICT capabilities of the of their country.

Akash Supporting Document, Audio and Video formats.

The Akash supports almost all of the document, audio and video formats.

Document Types : DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, and PDF.

Image : PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF

Audio : MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA

Video : MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

Preloaded Applications Of AKASH Tablet

The preloaded applications in the basic version of AKASH Tablet are (Internet) Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, Contacts, Datawind Pkge Manager, DevTools, Email, Gallery,Messaging, Music, Note pad, Phone, Search, and Settings. It has more applications than any other tablet in the low cost range.

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The earlier versions of AKASH TABLET had been criticized by users and experts alike for its lack of integration of many basic applications usually seen every tablets. The absence of slot for mobile sim card was another weak spot of it. Many of the problems had been rectified in the later versions. The upgraded versions still have some drawbacks; the weak responsiveness of the touch screen, the 3 hours battery back up which is not satisfactory for any of the targeted sections of users and lack of internal cooling system.


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