India launches Aakash tablet

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Do you support such steps taken by GoI . i.e taking job of manufacturing

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  1. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35

    well sorry for posting this thread late but i want to know how many of you support "Aakash tablet" launched by GoI. is job of HRD minsitry of GoI to do such things instead of focuisng on their real job i. how to improve standards of learning..

    wont price of tablet would fall after few years.? wont student would be able to study if there wernt any tablet or even c

    would tablet would go same way as GoI other scandal ridden project?

    well there is link please read article i can post since its of BBC

    here are its specifications

    Hardware:
    - Processor: 366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
    - Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
    - Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
    - Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port
    - Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
    - Display and Resolution: 7" display with 800x480 pixel resolution
    - Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
    - Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
    - Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
    Software:
    - OS: Android 2.2
    - Document Rendering
    * Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
    * PDF viewer, Text editor
    - Multimedia and Image Display
    * Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
    * Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
    * Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
    - Communication and Internet
    * Web browser - Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
    * Separate application for online YouTube video
    - Safety and other standards compliance
    * CE certification / RoHS certification

    Not Sakshat, India launches Aakash, the cheapest tablet PC around - Tech News - IBNLive
     
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  3. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Swiping without reading

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    Atanu Dey is an economist at the University of California, Berkeley

    In the information technology sector, the two well-known categories of goods are hardware — the stuff you can hold in your hands — and software — the bits that have no weight. The third category is termed vapourware: hardware that exists only in the fevered imagination of their promoters, and which will never hit the stores.
    The government of India recently unveiled a tablet computer that they claim will revolutionise education. Perhaps vapour does not translate well into Hindi, and therefore they settled on the word for sky, or Aakash, for the tablet.

    Vapourware does not condense into hardware because it fails the pitiless test of the marketplace: that the product’s benefits exceed its costs. That constraint does not apply to the government-sponsored Aakash, because they can choose to ignore inconvenient costs through the simple expedient of spending other people’s money. The Aakash can be priced at any arbitrarily low number but that does not change the cost. The difference will be paid for not by Kapil Sibal but by the average citizen of India. And for what? To eliminate digital illiteracy, an entirely artificial malady, conjured out of thin, blue air.

    The failure of the Indian education system must count as the Indian government’s greatest failure. Over 90 per cent of students drop out of school by the 12th grade; only 6 per cent go on to tertiary education, to cite just one dismal statistic. We have to understand that the failure is primarily due to flawed policies that the government has consistently imposed on the education sector. Aakash, like its predecessor, the “$10 laptop”, is just another distraction — but a very costly distraction.

    It is costly in many ways. First, the government should not be subsidising consumer electronics. Electronics is the most competitive industry in the world, and huge, extremely competent corporations are constantly innovating — with the result that costs move downwards monotonically. Governments are incapable of choosing winners in technology, and the Indian government has demonstrated particular ineptitude in that regard.


    Second, the lack of real commitment to fix primary education is especially hard on the poorest sections of society. Promoting digital gizmos at immense public cost only widens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. Where 100 million suffer illiteracy, attempting to promote digital literacy cannot but be a cynical exercise in self-promotion and aggrandisement.

    A press conference saying that India has invested in providing blackboards and teachers in 100,000 schools that lack them would not be as headline-grabbing as one which parades a me-too device hyped as an “iPad killer.” A policy of funding toilets in schools (needed to alleviate the suffering of girl children especially) does not have the sex appeal of a policy of handing out digital gizmos. But the production and distribution of hi-tech gadgets offer immense opportunities to profit for the producers and the government — never mind at what cost to the public.

    Press releases that repeat the claim by the government that the Aakash tablet will be sold in tens of millions of units fail to do basic arithmetic. The subsidy costs could run into billions of dollars. Like so many other government schemes, the Aakash tablet, in the unlikely event that it is actually produced, will ultimately be funded by the poor through increased inflation. Unlike Sibal, the poor suffer when the government runs the printing presses at the mint overtime.

    Our focus has to be on the urgent and important matter of education. The government has a critical role to play, which is to provide the regulatory environment for needed massive investment by the private sector. That role is as a facilitator and not as a competitor to the Apples and the HPs of the world.


    Perhaps digital illiteracy should be a cause for concern, but I doubt it. Like tens of billions of others, I too was a digital illiterate but that did not interfere with my education in the least. However, basic illiteracy is a critical concern, the weakest link in the chain. Strengthening any other link will not make the chain stronger. A government that has failed to achieve universal literacy cannot be trusted to eliminate digital illiteracy.


    When entrepreneurs and start-ups peddle vapourware to get funding, the losers are private investors that are taken in. The rough and tumble of the marketplace eliminates the incompetent or the simply greedy, and rewards true innovators. But when the government gets into the game of funding vapourware at massive public costs, it adds one more chain around the citizens, already imprisoned by the shackles of inflation and government control.
     
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    looks like some people are not happy with our tab. may be they want expensive tabs.
     
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    when can i get one, plus will it run DFI smoothly ???, yeah i like the keyboard too.
     
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    For now its for students. Commercial release will take time.

    Yes sir. Android offers better browsers. Native browser is webkit based & performs very well.

    You can connect external keyboard via USB/Bluetooth
     
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    IMO it wont be able to run Flash, or play videos with those processor specs
     
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    That was a prototype and due to changes in the vendor to whom the contract was given....and i can say recent one is more good looking
     
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    Yes it can even play full HD 1080p quality videos. This could be because the tablet comes with a separate graphics accelerator and an HD video processor
     
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    Not possible man ! Most Android phones in the 20k bracket have a powerful graphics chip+ ~1 GHZ processor and even that is not enough to play 720p videos smoothly
     
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    Another scam in the making. Sibal should be put in jail for anticipatory corruption.:lol:
     
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    What is scam here? :confused:
     
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    What could be the scam here?

    The tablets can be black marketed like LPG cylinders. How will they be able to service such a large number of customers? How will they teach people to use it? I mean they will be targeting the technology illiterate whose numbers are huge. How will they learn to use them?

    Why come up with a product that is good for nothing? I mean what can the tablet do? How will it help students? Is the processor capable of supporting interactive studies softwares?
     
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    You are assuming a future scenario within your imagination.

    How does computer help students? How does internet help students? How does educational videos help students? Same goes for tablet.
     
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    There is a Chinese or Korean phone with 1080p
    Would you believe it :shocked: :shocked: :shocked:
     
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    Need to look at the processor/graphic chip specs first
     
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    now people need 1 GHz processor in $35. they want capacitive touchscreen also.

    SHER chahiye, wo bhi zinda.

    nahi milega :p
     
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    point is it job of HRD/GOI provide such steps or its job is to produce/police such a talent that would go on to produce local/ indigenous product and please donot use this thread to discuss about tablets power to run certain applications or not
     

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