The last thing that the Aakash project needed was a more handsome, similarly priced commercial rival swooping in and stealing all of its thunder. Sadly that's what's happened: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), itself currently under investigation for corruption allegations, has announced a similarly low priced tablet in partnership with Pantel International. The T-Pad IS701R costs Rs 3,250 ($66) compared to the Aakash's Rs 2,999 ($60) but this device has a faster 1GHz processor and runs Gingerbread on a 7-inch 800 x 600 resistive display. However it's not all sunshine and roses, unlike the Government-sponsored slate, there is no GPRS modem in this edition. If you want freedom from WiFi, it'll cost you Rs 10,999 (or $223). So how do the two tablets stack up? Head on past the break and we'll show you in a little more detail.
| Aakash || T-Pad |
|Price (Rs / USD)||2,999 / $60||3,250 / $66|
|Display||7-inch 800 x 480 resistive||7-inch 800 x 600 resistive|
|Storage||2GB microSD (up to 32GB)||2GB microSD (up to 32GB)|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g||802.11 b/g/n|
|Operating System||Android 2.2||Android 2.3|