Review: Aakash Tablet [Doesn’t Install Apps From Android Marketplace]

Akash Tablet, the ‘world’s cheapest Android tablet’ will be launched in the month of November and while its too early to comment on tablet’s future, Jaimon Joseph of CNN-IBN has done a great job of reviewing the tablet.

First, Aakash Tablet Specs:


  • Processor: 366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
  • Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
  • Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
  • Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port
  • Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
  • Display and Resolution: 7? display with 800×480 pixel resolution
  • Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
  • Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
  • Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.


  • OS: Android 2.2
  • Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
  • PDF viewer, Text editor
  • Multimedia and Image Display
  • Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
  • Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

Review: Aakash Tablet


As per Jaimon,

The student version we got came loaded with applications. Everything from Facebook, to stuff that lets you create and edit documents. There are games, a calendar cum organiser, even advanced lessons in Physics – though they used up just a quarter of the screen and were hard to read.

  • The screen is rather unresponsive. Sometimes I had to push the screen really hard to get a response.
  • It also heats up really fast. Which means in the heat and dust of India, it could face problems.
  • The tablet failed to install anything from the Android App Market.

So in short, the tablet does perform what you would expect a Rs. 3,000 tablet to perform – but the key question is whether this will really improve the education system in India?

And we wonder – why not give this tablet to Indian politicians (instead of the costly iPad/Galaxy Tabs?)

Opinion: Who Pays For Government’s Aakash Tablet? [Answer: You]

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