The Aakash tablet is coming to the US. This super cheap tablet ($39 and up) is in it’s second, and more useful iteration. The first version of the tablet was slow and unresponsive, but this one has just enough ability – a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, up to 32 gigabytes of storage – to make it useable and still cheap enough to afford.
As Co.Design’s article posits:
“What experiences can be designed around the fact that good-enough tablets can now be bought for nearly nothing?….The Ubislate doesn’t have the responsiveness of an iPad, but if you think outside the box of tablets-as-high-end-media-devices and instead think of them as disposable Internet screens, the user experience equation shifts. The most interesting thing about ultracheap tablets isn’t their price–it’ll be what unpredictable applications people come up with for them.”