Priced at just $35, the DataWind Aakash definitely made global headlines when it was announced recently. The launch of the Aakash tablet by India’s Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal is meant for education purposes. A rundown of the specifications: a 7-incher that runs on Android 2.2 with two USB ports and 3-hour battery life. DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli says,“This is not a one-time opportunity. There are 2 to 3 million students entering university every year, as well as 80 million students in Grades 9 to 12, and the government is very serious about making mobile products available to this age group.”
Cost-effective computers are often used by governments for education, reaching across every financial status and gives opportunities for learning. The Malaysian government have provided low-cost computers for schools in rural areas and perhaps the DataWind Aakash will be the next step to create a better learning experience. The DataWind Aakash is meant for educational purposes but the company is set to launch also the mass market UbiSlate with bumped-up features.
PC.com feels that the DataWind Aakash would be great for NGOs and educational institutions that do not require task-intensive features. The price point is undoubtedly very attractive but in our humble opinion, Malaysian consumers would like something with high-end features. What is your take on this?