Micromax Funbook P300 review

A general review on small budget tablet Micromax Funbook P 300 with its features and technical specifications.

The Micromax Funbook offers a whole host of things for a small price. Users cannot expect the funbook to function like a full fledged tablet, because the Funbook is not meant to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, IPad and other tablets at that price range
Listed below is a general review of the funbook after we tested it.

The Micromax Funbook is a sleek tablet device with a 17.78 cm capacitive touchscreen, and is pretty thin and light in weight.. The curvy borders, the silverback and the front having nothing else than the two physical keys makes the Funbook look a lot sleeker. The body is plastic on all sides, but the aluminum-like coat on the back is what would make the device look a bit sturdy and strong, which in fact isn't true because it is very much prone to scratches. Micromax should have excluded the physical keys because the Ice Cream Sandwich OS have those as virtual keys on the left bottom side, but these keys do add to the functionality. The tablet would not make much of a difference when used either in the normal or landscape mode because you would need the landscape mode mostly when you are using the front camera which is located on the top center in the landscape view, and the widescreen games would want you to hold the device horizontally. The keys are located at a place which would make it comfortable to press in both the ways.

The sides are neat, with Micromax giving all the connectivity slots on one side, beside the physical keys on the top. The Mini USB port and the socket for the charger pin are located below the phone. The funbook also has a HDMI port, a TF card slot and a 3.5mm headset jack.
The back is neat and has got a vertical speaker slot on the right hand corner, the center has the attractive Funbook logo. On the bottom of the funbook there are a few certification logos and the new Micromax logo that they recently unveiled. The top pane when seen on the landscape mode has got a couple of physical keys, for the volume control and power/lock function.

Overall, the Micromax Funbook is designed pretty well with a simple body, good colors and conveniently placed keys.

The Funbook ports the Android 4.0 ICS operating system, the latest one and that's what would attract the users who want to have an experience of the latest OS version. It is not the fastest out there, although the 1GHz of processor should be enough. Hitting the Power/Lock key takes a few seconds before one would see the lock screen activated. The lock screen is pretty neat, with the Clock, date and the lock-within-a-circle which has to be dragged either to the right for unlocking the screen or left for the camera.
There are five home screens, most of them filled with the widgets and app shortcuts by default, but we couldn't make out the number as there is no shortcut to bring all the homescreens together. You would need to drag the screens to left or right for the count check. Clicking on either the physical home key, or the virtual home button on the bottom left, would give you an indication that there are the other home screens apart from the one you are on.

The left bottom has got the four shortcut keys which we have as the physical keys too, though its more handy to have both the options. The keys are Back, Home, Recent Apps and Menu. The right bottom side has the Notification area that takes you to almost everything you wanted on the go.

The applications that are preloaded are enough to do all the basic stuff like browsing the web, social networking and entertainment. Some of the best apps that we could find were the Adobe Reader, Android Browser, Mail, Google talk, Youtube, Gmail, Google maps etc.

There is a Play Store (previously Android Market) in the Micromax Funbook so you could download any number of applications. There is even a Micromax Store which would separately provide applications and services that users can take advantage of, and make the productivity better on the Funbook.

The touch response of the Funbook is neat, and you don't need to apply a lot of pressure. The screen of the Funbook is smooth and does not leave behind fingerprint marks.

The battery in the Funbook is of 2800mAh and lasts for about 5 hours of normal use, which is not much when you compare it with the high-end tablets but that's quite a lot and good enough for the 1GHz processor of the Funbook. The standby time is excellent and lasts for more than a day.

The 0.3MP camera on the front of the device allows for video chatting either using the 3G USB dongle or through Wi-Fi. The 'Vriti platform' in the Funbook provides educational content to Indian students, and the company claims that it took them months to get all the content.
Overall the funbook offers quite a lot for its price range and should prove to be a hit with students.

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Guest Author: Zune21 Apr 2013

Over all it's good but rear camera is not there. And I am actually very fond of photography. And the Bluetooth feature is there or not?

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