Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Budget Tablet Wars: Aakash Vs Classpad

2011 saw the debut of the world’s cheapest tablet PC in India, named Aakash. It was really a moment of pride for Indians as such a milestone was made possible by Indians. Orders for the Aakash Tablet went into mayhem after it was made available commercially.


Within a week after its launch, the Tablet PC managed to rope in orders worth 1.4 million which is a remarkable feat. The success of Aakash has resulted in new introductions in the budget tablet section and today we compare the Aakash with the Classpad Tablet PC.

Looks and Display

Both are sleek in their own designs and are a joy to any user. The Aakash has a 7.1 inch resistive full touch screen based display whereas the Classpad has 3 screen variants at 7.1 inches, 8 and 10 inch models.

The Classpad also benefits from the capacitive display which is more efficient than that of the Akash. The Classpad also offers a better screen resolution than the Aakash.


The Aakash is the world’s cheapest Tablet and as such the people buying it do not expect any performance miracles from it. The Tablet has a rather mediocre 366 MHz processor that is coupled to a 256 MB RAM.

The Classpad boasts of a powerful 1.3 GHz processor coupled to a 512 MB RAM. Thus the Classpad is decades ahead of the Aakash in terms of performance. Also the Aakash comes with a 2GB flash memory whereas the Classpad Tablet has a 4GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32 GB via an external Micro SD slot.


Both the tablets suffer from the lack of a camera as its budget cost proportions have prevented the respective manufacturers from offering a rear camera on either models. However, the Classpad comes with a VGA front camera that facilitates video calling. Aakash lacks both a front and rear camera.

Data and Internet Technologies

Making Internet accessible to the masses was the ideology behind the evolution of cheap tablets like the Aakash and Classpad and they have done a pretty good job in implementing the latest internet connectivity options in the hardware configurations. Both, Aakash and Classpad comes with facilities such as

  • Wi-Fi or Wireless LAN or WLAN connectivity
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • GPRS
  • USB 2.0

There is nothing much to differentiate both the Tablets in this segment.


Both, Aakash and Classpad Tablets come equipped with multi format audio and video playback softwares. So entertainment is not a problem and you can watch movies on the large display screens quite comfortably.

Operating System

Both the Tablet PCs run on the Android 2.2 Froyo version and offers good support for nearly all applications and games in the Android market.

Final Say

The Classpad has been on the lead in almost all segments but it is the price factor of the Aakash that makes it so dear to the customers. The Classpad Tablets retail from Rs6500 onwards for the 7.1 inch version and goes all the way up to Rs 14500 for the 10 inch version.

But the Aakash retails for a little over Rs 2500 in India which will definitely turn the tides in its favour.

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