The point to this story is that if this has been designed, which it has, then the application of an I pad or a table PC, can be designed to assist the development of the paperless office to a price that we all can afford, not only that, but it could be cheaper to develop the I pad for the office environment only.
Here’s the Story
If you thought the Indian HRD ministry’s attempt at making that $35 (Rs. 1,500) laptop is pure government fantasy and the usual pep talk we see from the Indian government, be ready to be surprised. Not only does the tablet exist in a prototype form, it actually works pretty well – and how!
Before I start, let’s take a look at the brief history behind the story. The first time we heard of the tablet was last month when the HRD ministry, out of no where announced its plans to bring this $35 wonder to the student community of India. Back then, it was welcomed with the usual suspicion and skepticism that the Indian and world media has regarding anything that is remotely connected to the Indian government.
A month on, when all the hype about the tablet was just about to die, folks from NDTV Gadget Guru managed to scoop an interview with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal (if you don’t know who he is, you REALLY need that tablet) who carried the tablet with him to the studios. And that resulted in the first video hands on of the device.
Our first impressions?
Well, it’s no beauty contest contestant. The looks are nothing much to home about. If you were expecting something curvy like the iPads or the JooJoos or the Notion Inks of the world, be prepared for a nasty, boxy surprise. But hey, this is no lifestyle product. This is pure utilitarian stuff so if it does the job, that should suffice.
The hardware on this thing is pretty impressive by the looks of it. I am not sure what processor does the number crunching inside but it looks quite meaty to handle most tasks thrown at it. It has 2GB of RAM which is quite sufficient for web browsing, the occasional video streaming and document editing tasks that this is expected to do. The tablet is particularly impressive when it comes to connectivity options. Apart from Bluetooth, it seems to have all you need – ranging from Wi-fi, USB ports, Video out and SD card slots to SIM card slots for 3G ready connectivity. There is a camera at the rear (the megapixel count is still under wraps) that should suffice for normal photography. Besides, I don’t expect anyone to take this on an African Safari anyway – so, the camera is pretty much sufficient for something that won’t cost more than $35.
One disappointment might be the screen which is resistive in nature. But then, for $35, it’s criminal to expect a capacitive display on this – that too a 7-inch one.
- iPad attracting attention from large corporations (edibleapple.com)
- iPad paperless office? Not yet. Paperless warehouse, delivery truck, news desk, restaurant, hair salon? Check. (core77.com)
- $35 Tablet revealed [Video] (trak.in)