The mystery tablet, claimed to be world’s cheapest tablet PC running on android, is now available for Indians. This tablet was launched by HRD minister Kapil Sibbal and it is branded as “Aakash” for Indian market. The first lot of 7000 of Aakash will be distributed in schools and colleges across India in coming days. Indian government is planning to distribute 1 crore (10 million) such tablets in near future.
When Samsung launched its 7 inch tablets many purist, including Steve Jobs, criticized the form factor of these pony tablets. After almost one year, 7 Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is a success. Now one more time Samsung is playing its card on a new form factor for a tablet. Samsung is all ready to introduce a super decked up tablet Samsung Galaxy Note. Calling Galaxy Note a tablet can be misleading as it can very well qualify for a super powerful smartphone. If you want to use it as a phone, you need to have a big hand for sure. This new device has a 5.3 inches large display. As far as specifications are concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note can beat any boastful tablet/smartphone (read iPhone) which is available in market or is about to be launched. Lets see why this smartphone/tablet is a performance power house.
India has always lagged behind in early release of new electronic gadgets. The latest incidence to confirm this was the very late arrival of iPad in India. Apple started selling it in India just before the release of iPad 2 worldwide. Situation is even grimmer if we consider the latest slew of Android tablets available in US and Europe. Out of some 50 + currently available android tablets in US, only 2 are officially available in India. One is the Galaxy Tab 7 by Samsung and the other is Adam tablet by Notion Ink. There are few other Android tablets available in India but they all can be categorized as Android smartphones with large screens.
There are not many 7 inch tablets in the market and its viability has always been questioned. The only noticeable slate which is 7 inch in size is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7. Galaxy Tab 7 touched 1.2 million mark in sales recently. Now HTC is all ready to release its Flyer slate soon in European market. Flyer is a 7 inch tablet running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is expected to get an upgrade to Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) soon. This is a bit downer for many as most of the latest tablets are shipped with Honeycomb.
No, it is not a love child of Bell Systems and Hewlett Packard. If you press your memory a bit harder than you may remember that Packard Bell used to make some crappy looking personal computers in yesteryears. Yes, that same company somehow survived this cruel world (company did well in Europe ) and is now offering a range of laptops. If you dont believe me, here is the company website – go and check yourself . Well now Packard and Bell is entering into the dense jungle of tablets. Packard and Bell has named its tablet as ” Liberty“, here are few pics of this tablet.
Gone are the days when “mine is bigger than yours” used to be a thing of pride, now things have taken a 180 degree turn and “bigger” has been replaced by “thinner”. The “thinner” you have, more popular you become. At least it is working for Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1.