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Micromax Funbook

The Micromax Funbook is the cheapest ICS budget tablet to hit the streets at Rs. 6,499. Its biggest compromise when compared to the competition is the build and the battery. The screen too is a bit disappointing. Having said that, this is the slimmest budget ICS tablet available today. The 1080p MP4 playback was smooth and games like Angry Birds Space and Pool Master ran well. If you are in the market to pick up a budget tablet and are on a really tight budget, you can consider the Micromax Funbook.

MRP: 6499

PROS

    1.2GHz processor 
                      1080p MP4 playback
                         
                                      Android 4.0 ICS
                                       
                                                    Very slim design


                                                    CONS

                                                      Touchscreen performance is underwhelming 
                                                                        Screen is easily susceptible to glare


                                                                      The Rs. 10,000 price point has seen the rise of quite a few tablets in the past year from brands such as iBall, Mercury, Beetle, Viewsonic and Reliance to name a few. In trying to break the price barrier, some of these devices compromise on features such as build, battery life, camera and the power under the hood. Until now, these devices ran Android version 2.2 or 2.3.
                                                                      In the past few weeks however, we have seen a change in this trend. The tablets are maintaining the Sub 10K price point but the biggest addition in terms of features is Google’s latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. A lot of companies such as HCL, Zync, iberry, and now Micromax, have brought ICS tablets to India.
                                                                      Today we have amongst us the Micromax Funbook tablet running ICS. Will this tablet stand out of the budget tablet crowd?
                                                                      Micromax Funbook
                                                                      Look and Feel

                                                                      On first impressions, the device is quite very well built keeping in mind the price point. The device has a grey plastic back with a matte finish and the screen has a black glossy border making it a fingerprint and dust magnet.
                                                                      The front of the device houses the 7-inch display that boasts of a resolution of 480×800. The front also has the 0.3MP camera and threephysical buttons – back, home and menu. Running ICS, the tablet doesn’t really need physical buttons as these functions can be accessed directly through the ICS UI. Their addition however is appreciated. There is no rear-facing camera on the device. In terms of connectivity, all the ports are at the bottom of the device (when held in portrait mode). It has a mini USB port, mini HDMI out, a headphones jack, microSD card slot and the DC in. On the right of the device, when held in portrait mode, is the power button along with the volume rocker.

                                                                      Micromax Funbook
                                                                      Micromax Funbook
                                                                      Micromax Funbook

                                                                      The build of the device may not be the best when compared to the competition but it is impressive nonetheless. It is the slimmest budget ICS tablet in the market and boasts of a made in India tag.
                                                                      Straight out of the box, the device runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.22 GHz Cortex-A8 CPU and has 512MB RAM. The touch screen is capacitive in nature, eliminating the need of a stylus. The capacitive screen on this device isn’t as responsive as the competition but it gets the job done.

                                                                      Playing Angry Birds Space and Pool Master Pro on the device was a fun experience. The touchscreen response was average, graphics were smooth and the audio was surprisingly good.
                                                                      Browsing the web on the device was a mixed experience. The response of the keypad wasn’t the best, courtesy the average touchscreen but the web pages rendered well.
                                                                      The Micromax Funbook claims 1080p video playback support and we were more than happy to put this claim to the test. We ran two 1080p trailers in .MP4 format on the device and they ran absolutely smoothly without any jitters. The display though crisp lacked brightness and was easily susceptible to glare.

                                                                      Micromax Funbook
                                                                      Micromax Funbook

                                                                      The device also comes with a mini USB to full USB adaptor enabling the device to connect to a 3G dongle to connect to the Internet.

                                                                      The Funbook has a 2800mAh battery, which is a low capacity when compared to the competition. With average use, the device lasted us under a day. You can expect 3 to 5 hours of life at a stretch depending on your usage.

                                                                      Apart from access to the Google Play Store, the device also comes preloaded with some Micromax apps. These apps offer a variety of content ranging from Educational, Games, Movies, Apps, Entertainment, and Live TV. Majority of these apps are free but the live TV is a paid app and users will need to pay a subscription fee. The channels on the live TV range from Movies, news and entertainment. There are 50+ channels to choose from in the live TV app.

                                                                      Micromax Funbook

                                                                      Verdict

                                                                      The Micromax Funbook is the cheapest ICS budget tablet to hit the streets at Rs. 6,499. Its biggest compromise when compared to the competition is the build and the battery. The screen too is a bit disappointing. Having said that, this is the slimmest budget ICS tablet available today. The 1080p MP4 playback was smooth and games like Angry Birds Space and Pool Master ran well. If you are in the market to pick up a budget tablet and are on a really tight budget, you can consider the Micromax funbook.


                                                                      1- 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor

                                                                      2- Dual Mali 2D/3D Graphics Processor for Multimedia Processing

                                                                      3- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS

                                                                      4- 7-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display with 800 x 480 pixels Resolution

                                                                      5- 0.3MP VGA Front Camera

                                                                      6- 512MB RAM

                                                                      7- 4GB Internal Memory, Expandable up to 32GB using MicroSD

                                                                      8- HD video playback

                                                                      9- 3G (using USB Dongle

                                                                      10- WiFi, USB 2.0, HDMI

                                                                      11- 2800 mAh Battery

                                                                      12- Browsing timeUp to 5 hrs

                                                                      13- Entertainment Apps – Bollywood Hungama, Big Flix, Zenga TV etc

                                                                      Particulars Micromax Funbook HCL Me Tab U1 Zync Z990 iberry Auxus AX02
                                                                      Price Rs. 6499 Rs. 7999 Rs. 8990 Rs. 9990
                                                                      Screen Size 7-inch 7-inch 7-inch 7-inch
                                                                      Screen resolution 480×800 480×800 480×800 480×800
                                                                      RAM 512MB 512MB 1GB 1GB
                                                                      Processor 1.22 GHz Cortex-A8 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU 1.2GHz 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU
                                                                      Front Facing camera 0.3MP 0.3MP VGA 0.3MP
                                                                      Rear camera NA NA NA 2MP
                                                                      Internal Storage 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
                                                                      Expandable Storage 32GB via MicroSD card 32GB via MicroSD card 32GB via MicroSD card 32GB via MicroSD card
                                                                      Ports/Connection DC in, Mini USB, Mini HDMI, MicroSD card slot and the headphones jack mini USB port, a headphone jack, microSD card slot, DC in and a full sized USB port DC in, USB hub, micro USB port, 3.5mm jack as well as mini HDMI out mini USB port, mini HDMI out, a headphones jack, microSD card slot, DC in
                                                                      battery 2800mAh 3600mAh 3600mAh 4000mAh
                                                                      App store Google Play Store No Google Play Store. Hcl Me App store Google Play Store Google Play Store
                                                                      3G Yes via a USB dongle Yes via a USB dongle Yes via a USB dongle Yes via a USB dongle
                                                                      Wi-Fi Yes Yes Yes Yes
                                                                      Bluetooth No No No No
                                                                      Benchmark Scores Higher is better
                                                                      Quadrant 1674 1173 1156 1733
                                                                      Antutu 2702 NA 2148 2941
                                                                      Linpack Single thread 15.86 NA 7.04 14.53
                                                                      Linpack Multithread 14.01 NA 6 13.58
                                                                      GlBenchmark (Egypt Standard) 4384 NA 1541 4265

                                                                      Micromax FunBook Tablet full Specifications

                                                                      Network type This is a Wi-Fi only tablet and voice telephony is not supported
                                                                      Design TouchBar
                                                                      SIM slot None
                                                                      Thickness No info
                                                                      Announced on 03, April, 2012
                                                                      Launched on 03, April, 2012
                                                                      Launch MRP Rs. 6,499
                                                                      Current lowest price See in the red box above

                                                                      FEATURES

                                                                      OS Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
                                                                      CPU 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Mali 400 GPU ( DUAL MALI400 GRAPHIC PROCESSOR WHICH IS IN GALAXY S2 AS THE GRAPHIC IS SAME ,THE DIFFERENCE IS IN SCREEN AND RUN ALL HIGH GRAPHIC TEGRA GAMES ON FUNBOOK  )
                                                                      Memory 512 MB RAM
                                                                      Storage 4 GB
                                                                      Expansion slot Yes, up to 32 GB via micro-SD
                                                                      Sensors Accelerometer

                                                                      CONNECTIVITY

                                                                      3G No on-board feature (Yes, via USB dongle)
                                                                      EDGE No
                                                                      Bluetooth No info yet
                                                                      Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
                                                                      USB V2.0 (1x micro USB) (1x full USB 2.0 host port)
                                                                      HDMI Yes

                                                                      DISPLAY

                                                                      Type LCD, Capacitive multi-touch with 16M colors
                                                                      Size 7-inch
                                                                      Resolution 800 X 480p @133 pixels per inch

                                                                      CAMERA

                                                                      Rear No
                                                                      Flash No
                                                                      Front VGA for Video calls

                                                                      BATTERY

                                                                      Type Li-ion, 2800 mAh
                                                                      Standby time NA
                                                                      Talk time NA
                                                                      Music playback NA
                                                                      Video playback NA
                                                                      Web browsing Up to 5 hours

                                                                      VIDEO/AUDIO

                                                                      Video HD 2160p (3840 x 2160) video playback @30 fps
                                                                      Audio Built in stereo-speakers
                                                                      3.5mm jack Yes

                                                                      OTHER FEATURES

                                                                      GPS No
                                                                      Radio No
                                                                      Built-in apps
                                                                      • Documents to go
                                                                      • Adobe PDF
                                                                      • Android market or Play
                                                                      • Google Maps
                                                                      • Mail
                                                                      • YouTube
                                                                      • Gtalk
                                                                      • MSN/Skype
                                                                      Miscellaneous Adobe Flash support, Predictive text input
                                                                      Color choices Slate Grey, Midnight Black

                                                                      What you’ll get in the box

                                                                      • Micromax FunBook
                                                                      • Battery
                                                                      • Charger
                                                                      • Headset
                                                                      • USB data cable
                                                                      • Quick Start Guide


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