[Review] Ubislate or Aakash tablet is world’s cheapest

Price Update:
Aakash Tablet: INR 2,500
Ubislate: INR 3,000

India gifted the world its cheapest car, Tata Nano. This time, the government has stepped into the booming Tablet PC market with Ubislate (a.k.a. Aakash Tablet) which sports a price tag of $61.35 (Rs. 3,000). Compare that to the market leader Apple iPad‘s $500.

Read about the new version of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet: Aakash-2

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When Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal had showed off the prototype named Sakshat, he said it would cost $35. At a hiked price than was promised, this Android Aakash tablet is still the world’s cheapest.

Developers

Ubislate has been developed & manufactured by a Canadian firm DataWind in collaboration with IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Rajasthan in India.

Specifications

Price

Okay, price is never included in the features list, but at $61 it’s the cheapest tablet in market & that is its top feature. Also, the Indian Government will provide Ubislate at a price of $31, subsidizing 50% of the cost for educational institutes in India, but also taking away 2 key features: Voice calling & Android App Market.

This subsidized version of Ubislate has been given the name Aakash tablet.

Operating System

Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo will both Ubislate & Aakash Tablet. Although Android 2.3, 2.4 & 3.0 have already been launched, but the inexpensive hardware of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet won’t be able to support the latest Android versions.

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Processor

366 MHz Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor. Its low processor makes the Android experience a little sluggish, but you get what you pay for.

Memory

  • 256 MB RAM is what you get in the Ubislate & Aaksh tablet, yeah it’s a little too low, not for multitaskers.
  • 2 GB flash drive as internal storage memory, expandable upto 32 GB.
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Display

  • 7” screen sported by many high end tablets like Blackberry Playbook
  • 800×480 pixel resolution for nice graphical experience.
  • Full Resistive Touchscreen which will definitely need a stylus.
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Multimedia

  • 3.5 mm Audio jack to connect your headphones.
  • HD Video processor
  • No camera at this price, but you can always connect an external webcam via its USB ports.

Battery

  • Up to 180 minutes battery backup on standby
  •  2,100 mAh Li-ion battery

So in Aakash Tablet, the Government subsidized version of Ubislate, you will be missing on Voice calling & the Android App Market.

Are you planning to buy Ubislate Tablet anytime soon after the release? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[Review] Galaxy player 4 & 5 unveiled by Samsung

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy player 4 and 5, the first having the Android base, which launched on October 16, 2011. Both of these devices have large screen wherein you can enjoy incredible games, social networking, videos and e-book, which are portable media devices, set to rival the iPod Touch.

samsung galaxy player 4

Both these devices come with excellent connectivity features, cool camera for photography and video conferencing, a stereo speaker to enjoy any soothing music, and stunning web experience through Adobe Flash 10.1 feature. This was things in nutshell, let’s explore the Galaxy player 4 and 5 at length to get the inside story of these two devices.

Samsung Galaxy 4 Player

  • Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), (Upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 4.0 inches, Super Clear LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus
  • 0.3 Megapixel VGA Camera
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • FM Radio
  • Multi Format Audio and Video Player
  • High speed GPRS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
  • Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), (Upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 5.0 inches, WVGA TFT-LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus
  • 0.3 Megapixel Front VGA Camera
  • Multi Format Audio and Video Player
  • Sound Alive Audio Enhancing Technology

Easy to use communication features

The 4” model is certainly a Galaxy’s phone, without the 3G connection. However, it sports a 4 inch screen, flash support, two cameras, GPS features, built in stereo speakers, Wi-Fi and of course the full access to Android Market. The only difference in 5 inch model is the grown up LCD screen.

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Both the Galaxy players are powered with Qik applications where you get VoIP calls via Wi Fi. You can also load the Skype on the 4 inches model. And with a set of speaker and microphone your communication becomes pretty easy and natural. The picture qualities in both the devices are crystal clear.

Social media comes with a different flair on these devices; you can download all the applications like Twitter and Facebook and enjoy interacting with friends. Thus you connect with more number of friends without complaining about the squinting issue seen in the small screen of mobile devices.

Exceptional Multimedia

You can enjoy ‘n’ number of incredible games on both the devices of Samsung. The sound effects you get in both the models are excellent. You can enjoy thousands of games coming through Android Marketplace and tremendous portability. Therefore any casual or hardcore game freak can have the best gaming experience on both these models.

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The stereo speakers having virtual 5.1 surround sound effects having SoundAlive Post processing technology which makes both the models as BoomBox, which can rock any event or occasion. You can get unmatched quality while you enjoy watching number of movies and TV shows on the LCD WVGA display evident in both the models. Both these devices promise an outstanding crystal clear picture or video quality.

Moreover, these two devices support a number of formats like Xvid, DivX, H.264 and MPEG4 which can be played without any hassle. The music experience comes great in both of the devices wherein formats like MP3, AAC, WMA, Flac and Ogg are comfortably supported.

samsung galaxy player multimedia

The feature Drag ‘N Play gives you an opportunity to simply drag anything from your PC to your player in both the devices. In this way you can enjoy anything without actually installing the required software in any of the device.

Access to number of Apps

Both the Galaxy player 4 and 5 are the only two mobile devices in the world which have the Google certification. Therefore they are competent to access more than 1, 00,000 Android applications using Google’s Android Market. The best part is the presence of Adobe Flash 10.1 which means you are not disappointed while you surf the internet.

Call Faker free prank application for android

Hence your internet experience goes the best from both the models. Both these devices encompass Android the version 2.2 -Froyo and which can be further upgraded to Gingerbread version 2.3.

Final word

The devices come with features and Apps which are hardly seen in of the devices in this category. Hence these can be called as one stop shop stuff, where you get everything, right from excellent internet browsing experience, mind blowing multimedia, downloading tons of e-books to read and refer and the list goes on.

[Update] Samsung Galaxy Players launched

 

 

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Kate is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and lifestyle. Beside this she is fond of gadgets & video games. She has written articles on hacking, mobile phones and more.

5 awesome free Android apps for fooling friends

The Android app market is full of amazing apps for all categories. Here is a collection of the best & latest prank applications that you can use to fool friends using your Android. (Um, well some are useful too :p)

1. Finger Scanner Lite

Here comes a cool app, which will make you android device into a James Bond gadget. Install this app and the lock screen of your mobile changes to a fingerprint scanner. The phone is unlocked only when the finger of the mobile owner is scanned & matched to its database.

Finger print scanner free prank application for android

Yeah its a prank, no doubt. No mobile screen has a fingerprint scanner, not as of now at least.

How does this work?

Whenever someone puts their finger on the screen to be scanned, it sounds some beeps & vibrations. The mobile owner can set the number of beeps after which it will be unlocked. If a user keeps their finger on the scanner for more or less number of beeps, then they are denied access. Perfect to fool your friends 😉

2. Ghost Detector

This is an amazing app if you ever wished to talk to ghosts. This app works like a medium for chat between you and ghosts. The app picks up ghost signals around 9 miles of you and shows them up on a radar.

Ghost Radar free prank application for android

If you find a ghost you can even ask it questions & the ghost will answer you!

How does this work?

The prank app uses your Android phone’s EMF entity detector to point out where ghosts or demons may be. It uses relevant pre-stored messages to reply to your questions, just like chat-bots. So go ahead and freak out your buddies!! 😉

3. Solar Battery Charger 

Go green by saving electricity. Show off this app to your friends and make them sweat when they see your Android device charging its battery via solar energy when kept under the sun. Put your hand on the phone & it will stop charging!

Solar battery charger free prank application for android

Night time? no worries, just put your phone under a bright source of light and it starts charging!

How does it work?

Your phone must have a light sensor for this app to work. Of course you cant charge a phone with solar energy, no mobile has solar cells. This app just uses the light sensor to detect bright light and shows charging animation, along with a glowing bulb. Put your hand over the light sensor to block light and your mobile stops charging & the bulb goes out too.

4. Call Faker

So, here comes a prank application that can be used to get rid of that talkative friend of yours. If you ever get caught in a tight situation, just use this app and your phone rings a fake call. Say its an urgent one, pick the fake call and get out of the place. 😀

Call Faker free prank application for android

That’s not all, make your friends jealous, by generating a fake call from any celebrity you like, be it Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus or Hilary Duff!

How does this work?

In the app settings, you can set the caller name & number, time & ringtone. Your phone will ring at the set time and the app will show a fake call from your set caller name & number. For unpredictable situations, add app widget to you home screen & long press to generate a fake call. :O

5. Better Cracked Screen

Run this app and give your mobile to a friend. As soon as your buddy touches the screen, your phone will give a short vibration & sound and the screen will crack! :O Freak out your friend and demand a treat as compensation :p

better crack screen free prank application for android

If your friends is smart enough, he will try to hit the back/home button, but they too are disabled! Even tapping the screen won’t give any results.

How does it work?

Of course the app isn’t going to make your screen crack. You can set the app to show a cracked screen after a certain time or whenever someone taps the screen. You can even choose the size of the crack! To disable the cracked screen, press the Screen lock/power button thrice.

That’s it folks. Give these amazing prank apps a try on your android and let us know your experiences via the comments below.

Four Awesome Technology Trends

Moore’s Law tells us that the capacity of microprocessors doubles in power and halves in price every 18 months.

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Image by Time Magazine

It is no surprise, therefore, that new technology trends are popping up every year, introducing new and better improvements into our lives. Here are four that will have a major impact on how we live and work.

1. Apple and Android Applications

Apple’s iPad was revolutionary in many ways, but more important is that probably, it will help us view computing in the future. We are no longer tied to a desk, an internet connection or electricity to access or even create information.

Apple iPad 2 vs android tablets

In our ever more mobile world, we now expect to be able to do just about anything we could do on a computer or laptop on a small hand held device we have with us just about 24/7.

2. Cloud Computing

The increasing trend to move to resources stored on the internet, instead of our own devices is another trend that is growing rapidly. Read Cloud Computing to know more. Private data centers may become a thing of the past, as companies can not only store information, but also purchase applications whenever needed.

Cloud computing explained

An outgrowth of this movement is bound to businesses and even individuals renting server capacity, instead of running their own servers. It’s both paid and free, check out Top 5 Free Cloud storage services.

3. The Consumerization of the IT Department

Today’s employees are in touch and in tune with the latest tech developments & are only too happy to use their own tools such as tablets for work related duties, as well as private use.

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IT departments are embracing rather than discouraging this trend, since using these employee owned devices can be a real cost-saving mechanism, reducing or even eliminating some IT purchases, like bulky Desktops.  Needless to say, new policies will have to be developed to secure corporate data that may now be accessed via personal devices.

4. The Decline of the Desktop

A lot of companies have begun to experiment with desktop virtualization.  The concept is to use the company’s standard software on a virtual machine, accessed from a company PC, the employee’s personal PC, a tablet or even a smartphone.  This is guaranteed to offer a new level of flexibility to both IT administrators as well as workers.

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The user is able to gain control, no matter which access device he is using, but the IT department keeps its control over the software available, and maintains the settings in the virtual machine. The Google Chrome OS system may very well be the precursor to this exciting phenomenon.

We have heard of the paperless office; perhaps the officeless office really is on its way.

Things keep changing fast because of changes in technology. The impact is huge and it affects how we socialize using social media like Facebook and do business using online banking. Find out more how these changes affect us and our environment by doing a people search on technology experts.

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Android Tablets vs iPad 2

The Apple iPad may well revolutionize the computer. It’s already taking sales away from laptops. Consequently, other manufacturers are coming out with their own tablet computers, many of them using Google’s Android operating system (OS).

Apple iPad 2 vs android tablets

The question is will these new tablets be more like the Zune or more like Android smart phones when it comes to competing with an Apple product? A comparison of the iPad 2 with some of the tablets using the new Android Honeycomb OS may provide an answer.

samsung galaxy tab 2 vs Apple iPad 2

Price

The basic iPad 2 sells for around $500. Models with additional features cost more. More than 50 manufacturers plan to bring Android tablet computers to the market in 2011 and early 2012 with a variety of sizes, capabilities and prices. So it depends on what you want. If you can live with fewer features, less capability, and a smaller screen size, a cheaper tablet may be acceptable. The Acer Iconia, for example, is selling for $330.

Size, Weight and New Features

The Motorola Xoom at $500 is a good comparison for the iPad 2. The iPad weighs about 1.3 pounds and is 0.34 inches thick. The Xoom is about 0.5 inches thick and weighs 4 ounces more than the iPad 2. The iPad 2 also has a camera in the front and rear of the tablet and a gyroscope. The Xoom also has two cameras.

The iPad 2 has a 1 GHz dual-core processor as does the Xoom. However, the iPad has only 512MB of RAM while the Xoom and most high-end Android tablets have 1GB of RAM. The iPad is 9.7 inches with 1024 X 768 resolution while the Xoom is 10.1 inches with 1280 X 800 resolution.

android tablets vs apple ipad 2

So, the iPad is a little thinner and lighter and has a gyroscope, while the Xoom has twice the RAM, larger size and better resolution. Furthermore, the Xoom can be upgraded to 4G while the iPad cannot.

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Operating System

The Android Honeycomb OS allows you to see and scroll through email, check your calendar, and scroll news stories by placing the cursor on the icons without opening a program. The iPad’s current iOS does not have this capability. Honeycomb allows you to customize email notifications while the iPad does not. But the new iOS 5 may mold things differently

Multitasking

Multitasking with the iPad OS is very limited. With Honeycomb, multitasking is much more robust and an icon is dedicated to this feature.

Additional Features

On Android Honeycomb tablets, like the Xoom, you can use Google’s voice-to-text software to input information by voice. With Google’s Voice Actions program, you can search for information, send emails, load music, send texts, and make notes, all via voice commands. The iPad has no such capability.

The Android Honeycomb system replicates the laptop and desktop experience to some degree by letting you open multiple tabs and use Google’s private or incognito browsing feature. Again, the iPad has no such features.

PC Sync

You can sync your Honeycomb tablet to your other computers and have full access to your bookmarks. Easily accessing all of your files is as simple as plugging your tablet into your computer and dragging and dropping files. With the iPad, you can only access files through iTunes.

Music

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Although the Android tablets do not have iTunes, they still have the ability to download and access music easily, via the web, PC or dedicated apps.

Applications (Apps)

There are a large number of apps available for both iOS & Android. However, as the number of Android tablets grows, the number of applications available will increase. If you are looking for free apps, then go for Android, as Apple has a majority of paid apps, while it’s the other way round for Android.

angry birds app android vs ipad

In the past year, Android tablets have taken away 20% of the iPad’s market share, which is admittedly enormous. But, projections predict that by 2015, the total market share for Android tablets will be almost 39% versus 47% for iPads. With that many people using Andoid tablets, programmers will have plenty of motivation to customize applications for Android.

Remember, with Android, you can get any app that you want, while iPad users can only get apps that Apple approves.

Conclusion

People who want device that is reliable, that they are familiar with, that is simple to use, and can buy apps should consider the iPad 2. But, if you want a tablet that is customizable, has a strong set of features, has more free apps, a multitude of choices, and numerous capabilities, then an Android tablet may be the more attractive option.

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Nicole Rodgers has been blogging in the technology, finance, and insurance industries for three years. When Nicole bought her Tablet last year she decided to share her experience with it by creating a website. This way she can share her opinion with the world.