Your complete guide to UbiSlate 7 Tablet

UbiSlate 7 Android Tablet - Commercial version of Aakash TabletFor those looking forward to buying the new Aakash tablet, which is commercially called UbiSlate 7; here’s a rundown of what all you should know.

Aakash or UbiSlate 7 is recently upgraded to Aakash 2 or UbiSlate 7+. Aakash, launched in October 2011, was a brainchild of the MHRD ministry and headed by the Mr. Kapil Sibal to empower the students of India with low cost tablet computers to make them at par with the international education standards and implement a nation-wide e-learning program for the various state universities. The Aakash tablets were manufactured by DataWind, and priced at Rs. 2500 for the masses and at subsidized price of Rs. 1138 for the students. Government even offered these tablets for free to the students of various Universities.

Initially 30000 tablets were handed over to a few select colleges and students and IIT Rajasthan in particular, as a means to get the initial user reviews and feedback on the performance of the tablets before its mass production.

After the initial reviews DataWind and the MHRD ministry decided to revamp and improve on the specs of Aakash 1. Here’s a look at the tech-specs of the Aakash 1. They pretty much speak for themselves as to why the tablet needed an immediate revamp.

Specs of the Aakash tablet:

  • Android 2.2.2 Froyo
  • 7 inch resistive touchscreen
  • 366 MHz processor
  • 256 MB Ram
  • 2GB internal memory
  • 2100 M Ah battery
  • PDF viewer and Document editor
  • Picture viewer and HD video player
  • USB and WIFI for connectivity

Look at the top 4 features and you know why the revamp was fast-tracked. Android Froyo was by and large a slightly buggy OS from Android; that coupled with the mere 366 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM on a resistive touchscreen made the overall package a laggy and sluggish device. Only surprise was the HD videos that played smoothly on the device and that was mainly due to a separate media accelerating chip. Keeping these points in mind, Government and DataWind along with Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited and Indian Telephone Industries went ahead with revamping the Aakash tablet, keeping its ‘Made in India tablet’ tag intact. The cost of this tablet is Rs. 2999 for masses and again almost half and maybe even free for the students who book it through their colleges.

Aakash 2 or commercially UbiSlate 7+ was launched in April 2012, with the following spec sheet:

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
  • 7 inch resistive touchscreen
  • 700 MHz ARM cortex A8 processor
  • 256 MB RAM (with improved performance, as claimed by the company)
  • 2GB internal memory which is expandable via external memory card
  • 3200 M Ah battery
  • USB and WIFI connectivity with SIM card support for full phone functionality
  • 3G connectivity via external USB dongle and video calling via USB webcam
  • PDF viewer and Document editor
  • Full HD video playback, courtesy dedicated HD video co-processor
  • Picture viewer, music player

As you can see above, there is a vast difference in the tech specs in the new Aakash tablet. The processor itself is doubly fast and that alone makes quiet a noticeable difference in the overall performance of the tablet. Add to that the 3G connectivity option and the SIM card support means the device is not only WIFI and 3G capable but can have GPRS internet via a 2G network as well. The company also offers a 2GB data plan at Rs. 98 a month for internet access. The battery life is also pretty acceptable now. This tablet also got a boost in the recent Union budget that allocated Rs. 765 crores for the Aakash tablet project.

Given all of the above factors, you now have a device that is internet ready, 3G capable, plays high quality HD videos, can make calls and sms, has a PDF and e book reader, can edit and view Office Documents for educational or other purposes, can be used as a portable educational device to read e-textbooks or study material, make online presentation and submissions and has a GET JAR app store for downloading extra free apps for education, games and other useful functions. All this is for under Rs. 3000. What more can you ask in a device that is so affordable and also has pretty acceptable performance.

Currently to book the Aakash tablet you have to log on to the official website http://aakashtablet.com/ and you shall find a link on the homepage to book the tablet and other details. However if you are a student it is advisable to book it through your college or University to avail of the various subsidies that the Government is offering the students, that the official website does not provide.

Comments

  1. very good in touch n facility but internet performance is very poor with simcard n the dongle not connect in proper way

  2. dr.ashok kumar says:

    since delivary the ubislate7+ is not working,it needs to be reinstalled[os]give solution.

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