While everyone was in a tizzy about Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire
price point, the Indian government was busily working to help bring out the $35 Aakash Android tablet
. The tablet was developed with similarly good intentions as OLPC's XO laptop
before it -- an attempt to get low-cost computing devices into the hands of students. One of the tablets landed in the VentureBeat
offices this week. The site spent some hands-on time with the Froyo slate, and mostly liked what it saw, noting that seeming compromises made for price and a speedy release date ultimately benefit the whole of the device. The tablet will start hitting India next month, at the $35 government-subsidized pricepoint (actual retail price is a still mega-cheap $60).