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


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