The good and the bad of Aakash tablet that we have seen raises a question whether cheap Android tablets worth enough of its price? The answer is not found and takes it from different point of view, the manufacturers side? Coming out with an Android tablet at a price of Rs 3,000 or below isn’t an easy job. At such a lower price, you need to think a lot to make the specifications come in that price range. You certainly need to compromise on the various specifications and finally keep your margin on the product sale.
The year 2010 and 2011 were completely the revolution in Android tablet PC market. Users thought that Apple could easily swap away with iPad, a handled device formerly known these devices are known to categorized as tablets. There were numerous number of Android tablets launched priced anywhere between $ 200 to $ 800, luxury waterproof tablets climbed the price up to $ 1200 as well. But since Amazon Kindle Fire was announced at $ 199, it raised a question whether a tablet can come under $ 199? Soon there was an answer with many private firms coming out with cheaper priced tablets in order to gain popularity. Ainol Novo 7 tablets spotted with price tag of $ 99 beat all other competition but it lacked publicity. Just like Ainol there are many Chinese tablets which are available which lacks publicity.
Aakash tablet priced at $ 35 initially was like a tornado in tablet PC market but it eventually turned out to be a flop show. This tablet was later made available at $ 52 to general customers and $ 35 was for students in rebate. The tablet got around 1.2 million enquiries but it turned out to be a real nightmare to the users as they found the device faulty, unable to boot and unable to perform actions. Aakash tablet raise a question whether a tablet can be manufactured at Rs 3,000 or even less and we got the answer very quickly. Even though manufactured at that price, you would not be satisfied for the price which you have paid for.
Here are the few alternatives to Aakash tablets and you should be ready to pay anything from Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,000 for these tablets listed below –
BSNL T Pad Android Tablet
One tablet which gives a competition to Aakash is the recently announced and also launched is the Penta TPad tablet in association with BSNL. With three tablets announcement, T Pad IS701R is the priced at Rs 3499 nothing much higher than Aakash tablet. The tablet will be ideally powered with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and comes with 1 Ghz processor with 7 inches display screen with resistive touch, coming out with 256 MB DDR2 RAM and provides 800 x 800 pixel resolution along with a HDMI port.
It comes with 2 GB internal memory and 32 GB of micro SD card slot support and comes with Wi Fi internet access. BSNL offers 3 months of free download and internet access within this price range and comes with special internet plans. With specifications far better than the Aakash tablet, even specifications are very good than the upgraded Aakash Ubislate 7+, BSNL tablets are here to offer competition to Aakash tablet. This is the best alternative to Aakash tablet and you can purchase it directly on the web at Pantel website. We have gone through detailed comparison of BSNL T Pad vs Aakash tablet.
Ainol Novo 7 Tablet
Ainol Novo 7 launched by Chinese Electronics firm called MIPS technologies hit the news as the world’s first Android 4.0 Android tablet. Going through the specifications of Novo 7 tablet it’s powered with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it has 7 inches capacitive touchscreen display with multi touch input and runs on the Igenic JZ4770 processor clocked at 1 Ghz.
This is a real good specification for a tablet and it comes with Wi Fi, USB 2.0 connectivity, HDMI 1.3 and micro SD card slot to expand the memory. The tablet comes with front facing VGA camera and rear side 2 mega pixel camera to take photos. The internet access on this tablet is possible through Wi Fi and 3G internet access and it comes with 4,000 mAh battery which provides a 30 hours of standby time along with 8 hours of video playback time. You can purchase this tablet available at Amazon or at their official site as well. This tablet comes with various language supports and various mp3 and video playback support as well.
Though the price for all transport to India comes to Rs 6,000 or less, this is a real good tablet given the price and the specifications of the tablet.
LACS Pepper Tablet
A Bangalore based company named as LACS (Lakshmi Access Communication Systems) have come out with budget friendly Android tablets. Announced 12 tablets at launch priced from Rs 7250 till Rs 24,999. LACS Magnun Pepper 74A is an Android tablet powered with 800 MHz processor and comes with 7 inches display screen providing a maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and coming out with 16 : 9 aspect ratio. It comes with 4 GB internal memory storage capacity and has micro SD card slot which can add up to 32 GB of memory. It comes with 3G USB dongle and has 2 USB port with battery specification at 4000 mAh it can last for up to 10 hours maximum.
LACS flashed the news with $ 99 tablets but eventually the priced turned out to be around Rs 6000 and adding all the taxes in India, it is priced at Rs 7250 ready accepting orders. LACS 84V with 8.4 inches display screen and specifications same as that of above LACS tablet comes at a price of Rs 9,999.
xTAB A10 Android Tablet
xTAB A10 is rebranded by NXG Electronics Pvt Ltd based in Pune. The A10 tablet is claimed to be the cheapest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet and it powered with 1.5 Ghz Cortex A8 processor and has DDR3 512 MB RAM. It comes with multi touch 7 inches capacitive touch screen display provide 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The storage of this tablet can be expanded to 32 GB using the micro SD card via card slot and this comes with Android applications access to Android Marketplace. The good thing about this tablet is that it comes with Android 4.0 the latest version of Android operating system with various functions.
Overall xTab A10 Android tablet is a very good buy priced at Rs 5500 in India.
Aakash Ubislate 7+ Tablet
We have put this last in the list as the Aakash Ubislate 7+ is still not released in the market and we are uncertain of the product. Coming to the story, with the failure of Aakash tablet manufactured by Datawind, Government of India has announced Aakash Ubislate 7+ which is the upgraded version of the previous tablet. According to the specifications, this tablet certainly looks to be good enough and we hope that it lives up to the expectations of the users.
Aakash UbiSlate 7+ is a 7 inches Android tablet with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and coming out with resistive touchscreen display. Powered with Cortex A8 700 Mhz processor clocked at 700 MHz this will certainly be quicker enough and responsive. It comes with Wi Fi internet access, GPRS, 3G dongle support and 2 x USB ports. Powered with 3200 mAh battery with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and comes with 2 GB internal memory along with a micro SD card slot supporting 32 GB of external storage capacity. This tablet is slated to be priced at Rs 3,000 and will be sold instead of Aakash tablet which is sold out according to the official website. If you count the public opinion of not to go with Aakash tablet, then you can pre order UbiSlate 7 + from the same website.
If you still love Aakash tablet then you can check out the complete reviews, video hands-on of the Aakash tablet here.