Aakash Tablets Vs BSNL Tabs

BSNL Penta Tabs vs Aakash or UbiSlate Tablets - Which low cost Android Tablet should you buy?The Indian markets have been swooped by low cost tablets, and quiet ruthlessly it seems. This is obvious by the fact that most searched and discussed tablets now-a-days are Aakash, Micromax Funbook, BSNL Tpads, HCL ME or iBall Slide etc. These low cost tablets compete with each other at a level where prices are as low as possible and features are practical. This also leads to quiet confusion as to which tablet to pick. Well, here’s a head-to-head of two of the more popular tablets currently in the market; namely the Aakash tablet and BSNL Penta tablets or Tpads.

Before we get started, let us get a behind the scenes look at the two tablets.

Aakash also commercially known as Ubislate 7 is an initiative of the Government of India. Ministry of Human Resource Development, to be precise. Under the leadership of Minister Kapil Sibal, the Aakash project is aimed at empowering the students and masses at large with an affordable and practical computing device. Aakash is mainly a Made in India tablet as it is made with joint efforts from IIT Rajasthan, IIT Mumbai, Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited, Indian Telephone Industries who collaborated with DataWind, the company that manufactures these low cost tablets. Along the way, Government has also given various discounts and subsidies for students who buy these tablets through their University recognized colleges. Aakash tablets are priced at Rs. 2999.

BSNL Tpads on the other hand come in three variations with prices starting as low as Rs. 3250 up to Rs 13000. These tablets are made with a joint venture between Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd, a Noida based company. The lowest version of the BSNL Tpads, named Tpad IS701R, is aimed at students as viewed as a direct competition to the Aakash tablet. The other two, namely WS704c and WS802c tablets are priced at Rs. 10999 and Rs. 13000 respectively, and are mainly for the masses and professional users. There are a few similarities and a few differences in both the tablets of these companies. Here’s a head-to-head of these tablets:

Aakash or UbiSlate7 BSNL IS701R BSNL WS704c BSNL WS802c
Screen 7 inch Resistive 800×600 resolution 7 inch Resistive 800×600 resolution 7 inch Resistive 800×600 resolution 8 inch capacitive800x600 resolution
Processor 700 MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz 1.2 GHz
RAM 256 MB 256 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Storage 2 GB, expandable via Memory card 2 GB, expandable via Memory card 4 GB, expandable via Memory card 4 GB, expandable via Memory card
Operating System Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread
SIM Support Yes No Yes Yes
Camera No No VGA front, 2MP rear VGA front, 2MP rear
3G Capable Yes, via USB dongle Yes, via USB dongle Yes, via USB dongle Yes, via USB dongle
USB and WIFI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Videos Full HD Full HD Full HD Full HD
Data Plan Offer 2GB per month @ Rs. 98 5GB for 60 days 5GB for 60 days 5GB for 60 days
Price INR 2999 INR 3250 INR 10999 INR 13000

As you can see from the table above, not much is the difference between the Aakash and the BSNL IS701R in terms of features; just that the later has a slightly higher processor but lacks the SIM card functionality of Aakash, and you pay Rs. 250 more if you opt for the BSNL Tpad. So one side you get a higher processor by paying Rs. 250 more but at the same time you miss out on the SIM functionality, which ultimately boils down to what you need in your tablet computer.

The other two BSNL tablets, the WS 704c and the WS 802c are way above the Aakash in terms of processor speeds, screen and RAM but also expensive in terms of pricing. If you want more performance and are willing to shell out Rs. 7500 to Rs 10000 more for the same, than you may opt for the other two.

However one thing to notice and bear in mind in all these 4 tablets is that all are running Gingerbread version of Android, while there are others in the market at similar price points which offer Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with similar features. It would be worth checking them out as well before making a final buying decision.


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  5. parmanand roy says:

    sir i am book my aakash tab 3 times but it was not develier
    so plz take some action


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  7. kiran chavan says:

    i like aakash tablet

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  11. hi sir i’m living in chennai .shall i know when will it reach chennai ???????????????????????????

  12. bhaumik shah says:

    hi my name is bhaumik i am student of b.c.a…. and i want aksh tab 2 so plz gv me rply

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