$35 iPad: Linux not iOS 4

There was recent news that in India a prototype of a $35 tablet device had been unveiled and the Indian government are currently in talks with several manufacturers to proceed with making the device. Is a $35 tablet feasible though and what exactly could you do with a PC that’s so inexpensive to make?

The device will run a variation of the Linux operating system, with 2 Gb of RAM, USB port and built in Wi-Fi connectivity which for $35 sounds like a pretty good deal. It will not however have any internal storage, relying instead on a removable memory card according to Tony Bradley on PCWorld.

Although many might query the usefulness of a device which cannot run Windows 7 or use Windows-based applications, it’s worth remembering that the good point of this $35 tablet will be the use of Linux, whereby a browser running on the system can be connected to a wireless network. Google Docs or Microsoft Office Web Apps can then be used, along with access to social networking sites, music, and much more.

If this comes about it means an almost disposable tablet device and the usefulness of this could be vast to offices, businesses and individuals. The shift will almost certainly eventually move away from desktop to portable and to know that such tablets can be both cheap and functional can only be a good thing. For more on this go to pcworld.com. What do you think about the prospect of a $35 tablet device? We’d be interested to hear your comments about this.

  • phil

    Sounds good, I'd get one. It is really easy to do without Windows, I haven't used it for a long time. Does anyone know what Linux distro it will run?