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$60 Indian Tablet Aakash Promises Much & Delivers

There's not much you'd expect from a $60 tablet, given how bad reviews of cheap Android tablets (very often poor knockoffs of the Apple iPad) have been in the past.

But the chances are that Aakash will change all this and at the same time, set the standard by which other sub-$100 entry level tablet devices will be judged.

Prasanto K Roy, chief editor of Cybermedia, previewed it (opens in new tab) for the BBC and found much to leave and loathe about the tablet.

As expected, there are many (easy) criticisms given that consumers have been used to the iPad and the likes of the Galaxy Tab, amongst other tablets.

The Aakash comes with a resistive touchscreen, a poor battery life (just over two hours) and a tiny amount of onboard storage, a very slow processor, a flimsy screen cover and poor serviceability.

But it is too easy to overlook the fact that the audience at which the tablet is targeted has never owned a tablet before nor even played with one. Ultimately, Roy is skeptical about the success of the Aakash, which follows in the footsteps of the ill-fated Simputer, a PDA-like device that was supposed to bring technology to the whole of India but vanished prematurely.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.