The Consumer Friendly Aakash

Initially, when Aakash Tablet was launched, it had received an overwhelming response from the Indian population. Due to its ultra low price i.e. $35; the tablet gained a huge market in the Indian society.  But later on now, it is seen that, due to its low price, the performance of the tablet is also been hampered. The tablet market has opposed Aakash Tablet saying that Aakash has vindicated its specification at his low price tag!

Taking into consideration the issue of bad performance of Aakash tablet, the Indian ministry has decided to get into the matter and make Aakash tablet a consumer friendly tablet. The Indian HRD Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, who had launched Aakash Tablet, is trying to improvise the performance of this tablet. Mr. Sibal had addressed the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur, to look into the matter and draw up the specification which would suit for the use of general consumers. On these orders, IIT had defined the tests for Aakash, which were apparently very the military level test criteria’s!

The test criteria at IIT included a test, in which the water resistance capacity of Aakask was tested. The tablet was placed in a rain chamber, where water was been supplied at a rate of around 4 inches per hour.

DataWind, the London based company, which has released Aakash with the flooring low cost, had a debate with the IIT. DataWind has opposed the test criteria of the IIT for Aakash. Sunit Singh Tuli, the CEO of DataWind, said that, the test proposed by the IIT were suited for the rugged military tablets, which are capable of functioning in extreme weather conditions, and these test do not make any sense for Aakash Tablet which is going to be used by the general consumers.

Sunit Singh Tuli also said that the specification proposed by the IIT were not included in the original tender document. A very rational argument by Mr. Tuli was that, one cannot compare Aakash tablet with $1000 laptops.

The Indian Government which was expecting revenue of more than 22 crore from Aakash tablet, has been received many criticism about the tablet. For the moment the Government has also waved off its attention for Aakash 2 Tablet, which was going to have a superior processor & better battery life!

As of now, the Indian ministry has announced that it is not going to extent the letter of credit to DataWind & it might opt for other manufacturers to manufacture better tablets at the same cost.


  1. Although I never seen the real Aakash, but for just $35, this tablet could be useful to some students who would like to own a tablet but have no money to buy an Apple or Samsung. We cannot expect high quality with just $35 right? Everything in this world comes with a cost. If you want higher quality, you will have to pay more for it. Period.

  2. Hi Atish, the Aakash tablet is great and awesome but it is sad I haven’t seen it in real time since. BTW, thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Really according to what you said about the phone, it is really a great phone. I pray it regain it value soon. Thanks

  4. cool atish , Happy to see you have started another blog
    An lot of articles published also here

  5. Nice One but still on Waiting List. Let See when we will get it.

  6. nice one…dear friend will you tell me how to increase pr

  7. Thank you, nice article.

  8. When I read about Aakash first on your website, I thought it was a great innitiative of the government. But I knew it would not be comparable to an ipad2 or a galaxy tab, it would be crazy to expect that. But now people are complaining that their $35 tablet is not that great? That’s just silly.

    And the government using military tests on a consumer product is unreasonable.
    I have not used Aakash so I don’t know how bad the quality is. But I’m sure Aakash is better than having no tablet at all 🙂

    • Yes its better than having no tabs. But Aakash is specially designed for the Indian students on which they can read their notes.. use net etc on the go. This tab is not for great apps and games. Its just for study purpose So it cannot compete with Samsung galaxy tabs and etc.

  9. Either the heads at IIT just dont want Aakash to enter, or they are just plain stupid. You can’t expect the world for $35.

  10. Good and cheap Tablet PC! I need more parameters about it to know this Tablet PC clearly.

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