Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Akash / Ubislate Tablet vs BSNL Penta vs iPAD vs Galaxy Tab

I believe India is obsecced with 'cheap' these days and you may have heard the news from India on the 'cheapest' tablet which is called Akash. As usual the tablet launch is delayed and when it was available few weeks back students/people didn't even use it as a paper weight. Ofcourse the ministries and the 'experts' are working on improving the situation.

Just now BSNL announced they are launching a new 'cheap' tablet. So I thought of having a look at the specs and most importantly do a spec comparison with more successful tablets. I am still not used to HTML so below is the JPG file instead of table.

Missing items from Websites of Ubislate & BSNL are the most important items. "Dimensions & Weight" are not mentioned anywhere in the press release or websites. As you can see from below table,

  • Penta IS701R is much better than original Akash. But Ubislate I'd say a close call based on individual preferences. For me I don't even consider a tablet without 3G in India.
  • If you intend to use Tablet as a replacement of Notebook then don't even look at any of these. Tablets can't be used to replace Notebooks. There is no way you can edit in Excel or Powerpoint or send long emails. This is only for "look" only. Means you read the mail and reply simple stuff. But for actual work you got to open your laptop. Still if you need a tab then go for iPad or Galaxy or Xoom. They are worth the money.
  • If you need a entertainment device then you may give "Penta Tpad WS802C" a try. 
  • The deal breaker for Penta Tpad WS704c is the memory & no back camera. I don't mind paying 2,500 for added performance playing movies or playing games.


  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u.