India comes up with another affordable tablet for students – The Aakash 2
At the beginning of this year, we had mentioned about Aakash, the very first tablet manufactured in India by Datawind which was targeted mostly towards students and several educational institutions. Apparently the device didn’t leave a long lasting impression as it had a few limitations and frailties to go with it. That has now seemed to be all forgotten with the launch of its successor, the Aakash 2.
The device which was recently launched over the weekend by a few noteworthy Indian government officials comes bundled with a 1 GHz processor, 7-inch display, Wi-Fi, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The best part about this handy little tablet is its affordable price. Since it has been targeted towards education, the tablets have been given at a subsidized rates to both teachers and students alike for just a meager 1132 Indian Rupees, or around $20. The tablet which actually costs the company around $40 per piece to manufacture is sure to attract a few faces specially the younger generation who always tend to be on a move these days.
Android has enabled the creation of extremely affordable tablets, and within the context of education, that can produce some very positive results. India has been trying to do something like this for a long time, but it often ends up getting bogged down in bureaucracy and ultimately killed off before it has a chance to reach schools. We hope that with the Aakash 2, this dream can eventually be fulfilled. Credit should be given to Datawind for not letting themselves feel too let down after the somewhat unsuccessful launch of the initial Aakash but it seems that it’s now ready to make amends with the Aakash 2.
Good luck you guys !!