Two teenagers from Andhra Pradesh have made an Android tablet. Named as Ave, the tablet runs Android 2.3 operating system, is powered by 1.2 GHz processor and weighs just 360 grams. Ave has a 7-inch touch screen display and comes with 3G and WiFi connectivity option. Ave packs all these features for the price of Rs. 12999. (MSN)
Ave makers aim to sell 1000 units in the first month and are hoping to tie up with Reliance and Bajaz for providing finance options to students.
At the price of Rs. 12999, Ave is in direct competition with Reliance 3G Tab and Mercury tab.
And now the truth and nothing but the truth
There is no dearth of Android tablets. But a Made in India tablet, well that gets our attention. There were four tablets which had an Indian connection. These tablets are ideated and made in India with parts being sourced from other Asian countries.
It started with Notion Ink’s Adam which was followed by the Aakash tablet. BEL has its own tablet and now we have Ave. That’s where my euphoria ends.
As with any other tablet which charges me money, I ask one simple question: What can Ave do for me?
To illustrate, let me give you an example. Kindle Fire which ironically costs the same as Ave, lets me buy books, may be let me watch movies, and lets me read magazines. Kindle Fire is all I want from a tablet. Does Ave let me do all that? I am sounding redundant to myself but does it have the bullets?
From the news release I didn’t get a sense of what Ave does which other tablets don’t or why should I buy Ave.
I would definitely not buy it because it was Made in India.
By the way, the name Ave sounds alarmingly similar to Notion Ink Adam’s successor Eve. Dictionary.com tells me that Ave means both welcome and goodbye. Something like aloha.
Irrespective of Ave’s commercial success, we ave Ave.