Comparison between Data Wind Aakash and BSNL IS701R tablets

It's a comparison between DataWind Aakash tablet with that of BSNL's Penta IS701R. A review has been given in terms of the pricing, availability and specification of the two models. Both the tablet models were to arrive in the Indian market probably in march 2012.

Comparison between DataWind Aakash tablet with BSNL IS701R tablet

With the launch of Aakash tablet by DataWind in collaboration with Indian Govt, Aakash has been the cheapest tablet available in the world at just Rs 2,250/-. It was initially to be made available only for the students. However, the company then started taking online orders for the tablet from other group of customers. Thus, DataWind gave only 10,000 Aakash tablets to the government of India for distribution in schools and colleges out of the one lakh initially proposed.
datawind aakash

Being a Canadian company DataWind was not able to fulfill the promise of delivering 1 lakh tablets. BSNL grabbed the opportunity and launched its own tablet before the euphoria could die. BSNL has now come up with an extremely low cost tablet of its own. Manufactured by Noida based Pantel Technologies, the Penta IS701R tablet has WiFi and is priced at Rs 3,499. The BSNL's Penta IS701R was available in retail stores and BSNL outlets across the country in March 2012, as promised by the managing director of Pantel technologies.

The Aakash tablet comes with less specifications and is priced at Rs 2,500. While its cousin - UbiSlate, is comparatively more powerful and is priced at Rs 2,999. In fact, DataWind has come up with another upgraded version, named UbiSlate7+ with the same cost as of UbiSlate. BSNL's Penta IS701R is priced at Rs 3,499 and comes with a bundle of data plan of 5 GB for 60 days as the FRC, then consumers can recharge the same plan for Rs 750 as regular recharges.
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The price difference between the two tablets UbiSlate 7+ and Penta IS701R is just Rs 500 but users will get 5 GB for data download with BSNL's tablet as extra. Whereas, in case of Aakash, the company has not provided details about the data service provider, users can opt for 2GB plan for 30 days through mobile networks.

If pricing is considered, definitely PentaIS701R is expensive by Rs 500/- but if service of BSNL with this tablet is considered, I don't think it will be an issue for PentaIS701R users.

Specifications of UbiSlate 7
  • UbiSlate is powered by Android Version 2.3 (Gingerbread).

  • UbiSlate has a resistive touchscreen.

  • UbiSlate has Cortex A8-700 MHz processor and graphics accelerator.
  • An HD video processor

  • 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal memory.

  • Besides, it has one standard USB port, a 3.5 mm audio jack.

  • A 7" inch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution.

  • GPRS and WiFi support.

While the 7" Aakash tablet has Android 2.2 operating system, an Arm 11 366 MHz processor, a 2100 mAh battery, WiFi and support for a 3G modem.

UbiSlate7+ has the same specifications as UbiSlate except for the additional SIM and phone functionality.

On the other hand, Penta IS701R is a WiFi based only tablet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
Here are the specifications of PentaIS701R tablet
  1. 1 GHz processor and 256 MB of RAM.

  2. The tablet has an HDMI port through which it can be connected to a TV

  3. Its 7 inch resistive touchscreen has 800 x 600 pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio

  4. The tablet has a 3000 mAh battery and 2 GB internal memory that can be expanded through a micro SD card

  5. It also has a VGA front facing camera for video calling

In terms of specifications BSNL's tablet seems to have an edge over Aakash or UbiSlate 7+.
aakash tablet


If we look at the above given parameters, it is very easily concluded that Penta IS701R has an edge over Aakash or UbiSlate 7+, be it is in terms of availability, price or Specifications.


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