Micromax is one Indian brand that is doing well in the market along with other, big international brands. Their entry level dual-SIM and Android phones are selling like hot cakes everywhere. Their Super-phone series too has had a good response among consumers. Recently, they also entered the tablet market with the launch of their first Android Tablet called Micromax Funbook. It may look similar to Chinese tablet Ployer momo9 but in terms of dimensions and size, they aren't. The dimensions of Ployer momo9 are 122 x 197 x 12.7 mm and those of the Funbook are 122 x 192 x 10 mm.

Fun?

Fun?

Let’s look at the specs:
• 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 Processor
• 512 MB RAM
• 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and 16:9 Aspect Ratio
• Pinched zoom option
• Dual Mali 400 – 2D/3D graphics processor for multimedia processing
• Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating system
• WiFi and 3G connectivity through dongle (It supports only Tata Photon as of now)
• 4 GB Onboard storage
• Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
• 0.3 MP Primary Camera
• Battery: 2800 mah
• Video Formats Supported: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, 3GP, MOV, MKV, RM, RMVB
• Audio Formats Supported: MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV
• HDMI: Yes
• Other Connectivity Features: 3G Dongle Support Via USB
• USB: Yes, USB 2.0
• Dimensions: 122 x 192 x 10 mm
• Weight: 360 g

Pros:

Attractive price tag
1.2 GHz fast processor
Dual Mali 400 Graphics chip

Bright, colorful, multi-touch LCD touchscreen
Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS
Google Play
2160p player
Wi-Fi

Memory expandable upto 32 GB with microSD card
Stock music player
HDMI port to connect to your HDTV or Monitor
Live wallpapers
Ebook reader

Sleek looks 

Cons:

Below average battery life, only 2800 mAh (too little for a 7-inch display)
No Bluetooth/ GPS
Bloatware bundled along with the tablet
Support only the Tata Photon dongle
Mediocre screen resolution
Average viewing angles
0.3 MP camera (But the quality is good)
No earphone bundle

The Package
The box is the sort I have never seen before. It is triangular in shape, with a hard cover and foam, securing the tablet. Another box contains the accessories. It comes with a charger, USB cable and OTG cable. No earphones or HDMI cables are bundled with it.

Accessories

Accessories

Design and Build
When you first remove the tablet from the box, you will see the sheer beauty and how sleek and compact the Funbook is. So, the first impression was quite good for me. Micromax has used a glossy LCD panel, which can cause reflections on it in certain lighting conditions.

Physical buttons

Physical buttons

Funbook has three hard buttons, Menu, Home and Back, which offer a good response and feel. The bottom of the tablet has a micro-SD slot, an HDMI slot, a reset button, a mini-USB port that supports OTG-USB devices with the help of converter, and a power charging port.

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This tablet can also be charged from a PC/ laptop with the a USB cable. The uppermost part of the tab has a power-on button and a volume rocker key. The speaker is present at the back. So, in terms of build and design, it’s quite appealing.

The back

The back

Display
The screen is a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen with pinch-zoom feature with a 800 x 480 pixels resolution. It's too little for a 7-inch screen but still we can’t complain about it because of the low price of the tablet. The touch response is like butter, and the pinch-zoom also works perfectly in photos, e-books and websites. The screen is bright and the colour life-like and vibrant. With 30 percent brightness, it's good to use. The movie watching experience is also good with this device. Also, the live wallpaper looks uber cool. Altogether, this is a good screen by Micromax.

Home screen

Home screen

Operating System
The familiar-looking interface of Android 4.0 greets you when you power on the device for the first time. The have replaced the Android logo with the Funbook logo in the boot-up screen. This, of course, looks quite good. ICS 4.0  that comes with Funbook is not heavily customized by Micromax.

A screenshot

A screenshot

You can install or uninstall any application from Settings. Apps bundled by Micromax such as mStore, games or movies can't be removed. You have 5 home screens to keep shortcuts to your favourite apps. You can also put widgets or bookmarks in the home screens. The only difference between Android 3.2 and 4.0 is that the latter is more stable and consumes less battery.

The internals

The internals

Under the Hood
This tablet comes with an Allwinner A10 SoC with 512 MB DDR3 RAM and Dual- Mali 400 GPU. It has the distinction of having the highest bang-per-buck ratio of all SoCs. This SoC costs only $7 in China. It can easily beat Intel Atom by quite a margin. With the help of Mali 400 GPU it can also play 1080p video and games easily.

The internals

The internals

Internet browser
Browsing through the stock browser is not a very pleasant experience. Although sites opened quickly thanks to my speedy BSNL broadband, page scrolling is not fluid and somewhat unresponsive. The pinch-zoom also doesn’t work very well. To solve this issue, I downloaded Dolphin HD from Google Play. As I thought, this browser solved every problem that I faced with the stock browser. Every page opens and scrolls smoothly. Pinch-zoom also works like charm.

Worth a buy?

Worth a buy?

Video Playback
Thanks to the Mali 400 GPU chip and fast 1.2 GHZ processor, every High- Def video played by this device is child's play. Whether it is 720p or 1080p every video playback is smooth; there's is no lag at all. The super-HD player app tab supports multi-format video files and subtitles. So, you don't need to encode your favourite movies or video files. Just copy it to your memory card and enjoy. It can also be used as a portable media player.

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E-book Reader
like Kindle, this tablet can also be used as an e-book reader. The only difference between these devices is that Kindle uses e-ink technology black-n-white display whereas the Funbook has a plain LCD display.  An e-ink e-book reader is more soothing to the eyes and long hours of reading is problem-free. But with LCD screens, reading off them for long hours is not recommended. For those who are looking for a dedicated e-book reader, the Kindle is recommended. Otherwise, the Funbook is not a bad choice.

Fun?

'Fun'book

There are three apps bundled with this device for reading ebooks — Adobe Reader, Aldiko, and Documents To Go (DTG) . The last app is better in overall performance. Pinch-zoom also works better with DTG. Aldiko is more suitable for reading formats such as epub. So, as an e-book reader Funbook doesn't disappoint. We can also edit and create MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in the Documents To Go app.

Gaming
I have tested a few games such as Temple Run, Raging Thunder 2, Air Attack HD, and Angry Bird Space on the Funbook. Again Dual- Mali 400 came into play for the good performance of these games. All games run without any hiccups or lag. The G sensor helped a few games such as Temple Run, Air Attack HD and Raging Thunder 2. The G-sensor is very responsive and detects every move quickly and accurately.

Air Attack is an HD game, which runs fine on this device too. Playing games on this device is fun and addictive; you never notice how fast time passes.

This tab supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity via USB. As of now, only the Tata Photon dongle is supported by this device. Although future updates are likely to bring in more options, Micromax has used a software to restrict other 3G dongles from being used with the Funbook. Wi-Fi on this device is very fast, and its range is also good. It receives a signal of good strength even from a long distance.

Good camera

Good camera

Camera
The VGA camera has a resolution of only 0.3 MP. But the quality is far better than that mentioned in the specs. Its photo quality is similar to 1.3 MP cameras. It supports video recording too. The still camera has settings such as zoom, white balance, and exposure. It also supports ready-to-shoot settings such as Incandescent, Daylight, and Cloudy, which makes shooting easy and convenient. The video camera too has the “white balance” setting, along with Time lapse interval mode. So overall, the camera is quite good.

Ports
It has a micro-USB port, an HDMI port, a micro-SD slot (expandable upto 32 GB). You can connect USB drives with the help of cables. I have tried connecting a portable hard disk but it didn’t work. The power goes off immediately whenever I try connecting it. With the help of an HDMI cable (not included), we can connect it to an HDTV to watch movies.

Benchmarks

Benchmarks

Benchmark
I have used AnTuTu Benchmark and Neocore to test the device. With AnTuTu, it scored 3275, which is a good score for such an inexpensive device. With Neocore, which is more of a GPU-dependant benchmark, it got around 58.4 fps. So, we can see how powerful the Mali-400 GPU is. 

Quadrant Standard
With the Quadrant Standard benchmark, the Micromax Funbook scored 1302 marks.

Battery Life
Battery life on this device is not very good. Micromax has provided only a 2800 mAh battery, which is not sufficient for a 7-inch display device. Browsing with Wi-Fi, and listening to music gives around 3.5 hours of battery life. Charging the device takes around 6 hours before first use.

Verdict
Micromax Funbook is the most feature-packed tablet in the affordable segment. It has every feature that a student or working professional needs in his or her daily life. What makes this tablet a hit is its low price and powerful hardware. So, if your purpose is reading e-books, watching movies, and surfing the Internet, then nothing comes close to this device. Or if you want to try an Android tablet, this device doesn’t disappoint.

Disclaimer for User Reviews

Reviews written by non-tech2 staff are to be considered as personal opinions based on actual experiences by users themselves. Ratings depicted are purely user based scores and are in no way a reflection on tech2’s own rating mechanism. Tests are conducted by users and their scores are gathered through their own means with no involvement from tech2 in any way.


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Publish date: July 26, 2012 12:31 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:56 pm

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