Even W.C. Fields would be happy as Philadelphia schools could get low priced tablet

Even W.C. Fields would be happy as Philadelphia schools could get low priced tablet
Students in India have been using a 7 inch tablet to help them with their school work. The Ubislate Android tablet has also been offered in other countries as the "Aakash" and is manufactured by Canadian firm DataWind at a cost of $50 and sold for $60. Subsidized by the government, the device has caught on for use by India's students at a very attractive price of $35. The word is that device manufacturer Wilco is seeking a license from DataWind to build the low cost tablet for consumption in the States. It just so happens that this is coming from Wilco VP and FCC Diversity Committee member Brigitte Daniel, which gives it a higher level of speculation than just rumor.

Daniel's plan is to have the low priced tablet made available to Philadelphia schools in the beginning, with wider distribution eventually to "
under-served communities" in the area. If W.C. Fields once said that his epitaph would read, "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia," perhaps this tablet is the reason why.

The unit certainly won't win any benchmark test battles with its low-end specs. The Aakash is powered by a single-core 366MHz ARM based processor with 256MB of RAM aboard. 2GB of native storage comes with the model and that can be expanded by as much as 32GB using the microSD slotWi-Fi. Installed on the tablet is the wrinkly Froyo Android 2.2 OS. The tablet is said to have poor sound quality and freezes up at times. Instead of access to Google Play, it offers apps from GetJar. Depending on the amount that local school districts are willing to offer for a subsidy, the device could carry a price tag that just about every student could afford.

source: AndroidCommunity via SlashGear



13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This is what Google should start doing - distribute their branded tablets to schools across the country. Google is all about helping people. It would greatly add educational value as state governments look to always cut school budgets.

11. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

India is an environment that we in the US (including myself) just don't understand. Even with the abysmal living conditions for a chunk of their population, their perception of the value of education is very different. The ones that make it into their elite schools on merit attain an increase in standard of living that is beyond our comprehension. If a $35 tablet allows them to distribute texts that they could never afford to print and distribute in hard copy, they will take advantage of it. Rather than wait for the perfect hardware, they will use what they can afford.

12. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

thumbs up for you :)

8. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

As good as the price is, it is bear minimum. I had purchased a China MID tablet, with higher specs for $65 on ebay, 1Ghz processor 7" WVGA. But resistive touch screen killed my entire experience, I just resold it. Now i bought the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora, has decent specs for $164. 7" IPS 1024x600 Capacitive Touch Screen running ICS. Has Google Play Store and works beautifully but it still runs at 1Ghz, whcih causes alot of slow down on web browsing. When the Google Nexus Tab 7" releases offering a dual-core processor for only $149.99, thatll be a game changer.

9. Jamus

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

you miss the point. poverty doesnt pay $149 for each tablet/student. They pay $35 because its what they have. Of course the more dollars there are the better technology. But, you miss the purpose.

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i wouldnt hold out for a 150 nexus tab... it might be 200 but i would think more 250

6. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Android steals everyone's heart with it's open mind :). Thank you Google

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its a sign on things to come with android tablets taking over the market place,the nexus tab if kept at a good price will thrive this forward. Schools would jump at the chance to have a good tab like the nexus tab at affordable prices than having to pay out fortunes for ipads so their little kiddies can be some form of 'resolutionised' by apple

7. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i believe the whole thing is about price and availability and openness... apple's iPad is hands down a GREAT tablet... where android wins is "does the school system need to go broke to get it's kids on track?" the answer is NO. spend $35 on a decent tablet where android devs can create intuitive programs so kids can learn. forget all the apple bash... thats irrelevant... those kids dont care about all that market gimmick language...

3. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

WOW, most indians don't even have running water or plumbing, but lets give everyone tablets!

5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Initially I wanted to disagree with you. But after thinking about the recent documentary I saw on some of the horrible conditions in which some of the people in India live, I gotta agree! Having tablets for every student is a great idea, but having the government subsidize those tablets seems like a bad idea. That money could go toward helping improve living conditions. When children have to work at 5 and eat from the trash, tablets can wait. +1 Sir!

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It will be a matter of time before there are more people in India than in mainland China.

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

what makes android so cool is that its not judged by "quality"... there is an android device on every shelf... no name cellular companies as well as brand name. prices as low as dirt and some very expensive... with this sense of "openness" specs really dont matter... as long as there is apps that are available for the software its profitable for any demographic... good job android! cant hate on them providing options to people...

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

so much for iPad's revolutionary idea to give tablets to children

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