Aakash Tablet Hands On – Full Review


Editor’s Note: This review was originally published on Oct 6, 2011 at GeekZu.com. I was one of the first people to post a detailed review of the device back then.

aakash tablet review

Costing a fraction of Apple’s iPad, the subsidized Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform.

At the launch in the Indian capital, Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash (meaning sky) tablets to students who will test them, including me. :)

And hence, here comes MashGeek’s review of the Aakash tablet.

The Features

aakash tablet review

Dimensions: 190.5 x 118.5 x 15.7mm
Screen: 7″ resistive touchscreen
Weight: 350gms
Operating System Android 2.2
Marketplace: Getjar
Processor: 366MHz processor
Connectivity: 2 full USB ports, Wi-fi
Memory: 256MB RAM
Storage: 2GB Flash memory + 2GB Micro SD card (expandable to 32GB)
Battery: 2100mAh. It lasts 1.5 to 2 hours when watching HD videos and 3 hours on average use.

The final retail price is Rs. 2,276 which is about $50. For a student it will cost Rs. 1500 or thereabout.

Form Factor

aakash tablet review

aakash tablet review

The tablet has a rubber-feel body, which makes the user like holding it. It’s not a lot slim, not a lot light-weight, but definitely isn’t a thumbs-down on the form factor. The device fits quite well into the hands, and I really liked to hold it with both my hands.

aakash tablet review

The weird stickers on the back of the tablet are huge let downs. The complete “aura” of the device is ruined by these bulky, un-picturesque stickers.

Connectivity And Buttons

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As promised, the device has 2 full USB ports on the left side just below the micro-SD card slot.

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On the bottom side are a charging port, the Power button and a 3.5mm Audio out jack.

The Juice

aakash tablet review

aakash tablet review

Aakash tablet runs on Android 2.2, with 256MB RAM and a 366MHz processor. While the OS might attract customers, the overall usage is a let-down. The resistive touch screen is, well, resistive, and the response is pretty slow.

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At certain times, the screen acts weird, and changes colors, literally!

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Included are a few useful applications like Facebook, Browser, PDF reader, Office Suite etc.

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I especially liked the experience of reading an ebook. The clarity is nice, but what really was missing was a nice page-turn animation!

aakash tablet review

aakash tablet review

Final Word

Now, this isn’t a full-blown review of the Aakash tablet because I have played it with for just 3 hours or so.

The price is great. If you are an average user, who likes to read a lot of books, surf the web, view his party photos from the last night, or just wants to add another gadget to his arsenal, then Aakash is for you.

But if you are expecting a lot of high-end processing power, then I would say move-on, you’d just be wasting your time.

The Competition

This is how the Aakash compares to other tablets, including the mighty iPad:

aakash tablet review

If you know anything else about Aakash, or any hidden features, please mention them in the comments below. I would love to read about your experience.


  • Homer

    Wow, for its price it is definitely worth checking out. Great review. However, the camera quality is a bit low.

    • http://www.mashgeek.com/ Karan Goel

       Hey Homer

      Yeah.. I didn’t have my cam ATM. So, this was the best I could do. ;)

      For future reviews, I promise better quality pics and videos.

      Karan

      • http://widerangefollow.com/ Homer

        This is great. If you can get a friend’s help to hold the camera while you review that would even be better!

      • http://www.mashgeek.com/ Karan Goel

        Will definitely try that in future..

  • Satish

    i bought an aakash six months back.. no support from the company…
    it does not work – hangs when trying to connect to wifi
    no pdf reader…
    i can only listen to songs or view photos that’s about it…
    Features mentioned on box do not appear to work….