Back with a bang
With Android 4.0, the icons are big and easy to touch and swipe. webpages can be viewed up close, with pinch and zoom support. All of this was absent in the first avatar of the Aakash. Placed alongside the older UbiSlate 7+ or the Aakash 1, the difference is stark. The 7Ci is half the thickness, and weighs 286 grams against the former’s 398 grams. The Aakash 2 will sell to college students at a subsidised R1,130. The equivalent UbiSlate 7Ci sells commercially for R4,499.
Memory and storage have been doubled to 512 MB and 4 GB respectively. There’s USB 2.0 (through a mini-USB slot), and a micro-SD slot for memory cards up to 32 GB. The original Aakash had two primitive, full-size USB slots; the UbiSlate 7+ had one; this one, smartly, has none. There’s Wi-Fi of course; the higher-end UbiSlate 7C+ adds GPRS, but we haven’t seen that model yet.
The operating system is Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). You can buy Android apps via the rupee-priced Google Play app-store (formerly called Android market). This is a good move up from the very limited and mainly phone-apps GetJar store that was available on this device’s predecessor. The front-facing camera is terrible for
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