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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 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.