Micromax Funbook P300 Android Tablet Hands-On Review

The Micromax Funbook is one big thing, with a small price, in a market which craves for devices with low cost and good specs. Micromax brought in the Funbook with both that the users exactly needed and we are pretty impressed so far. The first question a critic would have in mind is “whether the Funbook would be able to deliver what is expected from it”. The users should keep their expectation level low, because the Funbook doesn’t quality to compete in the league of Samsung Galaxy Tab and the devices of such price range. Keep the dreams of the Aakash Tablet aside, as it would take months for you to have it in hands, and give you a lot of disappointment but for you to get the touch on a tablet device and at the same time, the latest Android OS, then the Micromax Funbook is the one you should have. Micromax itself believes that the device would be giving a compelling experience of a tablet device but won’t be able to compete with the high-end tablet devices.

Micromax Funbook Front  Micromax Funbook Tablet

The prime target here could be the students, who were expecting a lot from the Aakash tablet on the education front, but Micromax Funbook could fill the purpose while many are waiting for the low-cost devices to get a hand on them. Read on to check out the entire review of the Micromax Funbook:

Design, Form Factor and the Display

The Micromax Funbook is a sleek tablet device with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, and is pretty thin and light in weight. That’s what a basic user would need, not so bulky and looking decent enough, easily carryable in the hand. The curvy borders, the silverish back side and the front having nothing else than the two physical keys makes the Funbook look a lot sleeker. The body is plastic from all the sides, but the aluminum-like coat on the back is what would make the tablet 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.

Micromax Funbook Back  Micromax Funbook Back Side keys

The sides are neat, with Micromax giving all the connectivity slots only at one side, beside the top physical keys, indicating that they have given some importance to the looks than functioning, because you won’t be able to plug in the Mini-USB and the Mini-HDMI ports at the same time, thanks to the small gap between them. The bottom side has the socket for charger pin, the Mini USB port, the HDMI port, the TF card slot and the 3.5mm headset jack. With the recent low cost tablet we have seen, there has been a trend of the direct USB slots which are wide and gives an unnecessary bulge on the sides but Micromax made sure that a cable would do the same and the Mici USB port is enough to conect to a normal USB wire.

The back side is neat and has got a vertical speaker slot near the top right, and the center has got the neat Funbook logo. The bottom side has 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 physical keys, for the volume control and the power/lock function.

Overall, the Micromax Funbook is designed pretty well with a simple body, the neat colors and placement of the keys and the tablet doesn’t weigh much, thanks to the thin body of its. We of course are expecting an additional camera, on the rear side if Micromax is planning for a successor for the Funbook in the coming future.

Micromax Funbook Hands-on  Micromax Funbook Connectivity

Operating System, Interface and Apps

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 speedest 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.

Micromax Funbook OS

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.
Someone who used even the Honeycomb OS in any previous tablet devices would not see anything new in the Ice Cream Sandwich version, as the same notification area, the same left bottom shortcuts, the app lists, Google text and voice search. But everything is on the front, and that’s what we have always liked about the Android OS in the tablet devices.

The applications that have come pre-loaded are very much enough for someone to do all the basic stuff, includes the web browsing, social networking and entertainment. Some of the best that we could find a use of, includes Adobe Reader, Android Browser, Mail, Google talk, Youtube, Gmail, Google maps etc.
And to answer many of our readers, yes 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.

Performance, Touch Response and Battery

Performance wise, the Funbook is below-par at many levels. I already mentioned one of the issues, with the lock screen getting activated few seconds after pressing the Lock key. Then the browser didn’t respond well when multiple tabs were opened at the same time. Video playback was neat though, if people are thinking to have the Funbook solely for entertainment. The Funbook supports multiple video formats which include MPEG2, MPEG 4, AVI, WMV, MOV and many more.

The touch response of the Funbook is neat, and you don’t need to give a lot of sensitivity but a little touch is enough to get the response. We usually notice a lot of discomfort in long drags on the homescreens but this screen of the Funbook is smooth and won’t attract any fingerprint marks.

Battery that comes in the Funbook is of 2800 mAh and that gives around 5 hours of normal usage, which is not much when you compare it with the high-end tablet devices but that’s quite a lot and good enough for the 1GHz processor of the Funbook. We didn’t test the heavy performance and battery test together, so won’t conclude with a particular result already, but when using the Funbook for the normal web browsing, emailing stuff it works for at least a good 3-4 hours and the stand-by time was great where we had kept the Wi-Fi, Background Data turned on but the battery lasted for more than a day.
We would still do a perfect battery test on the continuous video and audio playback very soon.

Camera – Not that good, but still decent for the purpose

One of the reasons why we appreciate the Micromax Funbook is the camera availability, as many other tablet of almost the same or higher range lack a camera. The presence of 0.3MP camera still fills the purpose of video chatting either using the 3G USB dongle or through Wi-Fi. The best app for the video chatting using the front camera in the landscape more would be the Skype app.

The pictures captured are not any good, but when the company says its of a low quality we won’t expect much. Still appreciate the fact that the Camera app has got the feature of recording a video apart from taking pics using the front camera.

Final Verdict

One thing that we didn’t mention in the review, but is more than just mentioning is the ‘Vriti platform’ in the Funbook which provides educational content to the Indian students, and the company claims that it took them months to get all the content. The Funbook has all the educational textbook content for the students of school age to learn more about the subjects.

The Funbook has a lot packed in itself. We won’t end the review here, as there are many things to explain which we would anyways do in the various tips and test articles of the Funbook in the coming days. But certainly, the Micromax Funbook has got something that can compete even the tablets that cost double than this.

Connectivity review and tips coming up soon.

  • http://Srkvimupaul@gmail.com Vimal pal

    Its an very cheap cost tab campare to any other tab…,…its features are gud..-but camera .3 mp not gud…..and battary back up 3 to 4 hours,.-.i purchased it-,..i suggest all when u buy that ,.plz check the sound …and buy seal pack.,thnx

  • hemanth

    which is best in funbook p300 and alpha??????

  • Manosh Dutta

    Please please any one tell me how to connect any 2G or 3G dongle in my funbook.

  • http://jaiprakash.sharma44@gmail.com jai sharma

    i bought funbook in agust. i face many problem like it shut down in 80%. internet connecting problem.hanging many time.
    i repair it at service center 2 times but i still facing these problem.
    you can connect any data card in funbook. i use relaince net connect many time.
    it was my biggest mistake in my life i bought funbook.
    pls guys dont buy this.

  • nandkumar

    Dear Sir
    kindly provide me how to download application details and my playstore not opened please give me information my email id

    • Pradeep Neela

      which download details you need>?

  • sathish

    Dont buy this guys …….. Micromax is cheating its customers…..very poor battery life…. switches off at 70% battery life….

  • Kshitij-it

    i have funbook and now its touch working automatically whats the problem any one tell me ? 

  • Kshitij-it

    i have funbook and now its touch working automatically whats the problem any one tell me ? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ayush.khandelwal.5682 Ayush Khandelwal

    hey hmm i brought this tablet like 2 weeks ago but today suddenly it switched off, i thought it was because of low battery but when i connected the charger it showed funbook and then it showed a blank white screen and dint go any further. i have also tried hard-resetting it but it dosent help. PLEASE HELP!!!

    • http://solvater.com/ Arafath Hashmi

       Charge the funbook for 1 to 2 hours then try starting again, happens to me also once, but this wrked perfectly..

  • rahul

    heloo frend some body help me plz…..my funbook was unable connect wi-fi..its so come “auth……problem”

    • http://solvater.com/ Arafath Hashmi

       Do you have a WIFI router enabled?, if so, are you entering the correct data, cross check once again, if the device can able to get your Wifi router, then it is fine, you are messing up something wrong

      • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

        check with the mac id

  • GS

    can anybody tell me the launching date of KARBONN TAB?

  • vinay

    The funbook is really very good. 6500/- is really very less n the amount is worthy spending on it.

  • Hakim Shuja

    Is there a way to move Applications to Ext-SD card on this tablet?

    • http://androidadvices.com/author/chetan/ Chetan Bhawani

      As of now we are seeing the internal storage as the only option for keeping the applications.

      • vinay

        yes. u definitely need to add an external sd card

      • http://solvater.com/ Arafath Hashmi

         You can do this by using any application from the playstore, just type internal to external memory..

    • RD

      in task manager you get the option to move the application to SD card after installation

  • Krishnam

    when i switch on the funbook. it asks me to enter a password on the lock screen. this is strange as i did not set any password.

    please advise on how to resolve this issue.

    Thanks.

    • Pradeep Neela

      hard reset the same, it will not ask for password

      • Sarora02

        How I can do hard reset. I forgot my funbook pattern password. what are the steps to reset. 

      • Sarora02

        How I can do hard reset. I forgot my funbook pattern password. what are the steps to reset. 

  • ANUJ

    I BOUGHT THIS TABLET YESTERDAY ….ITS WORKING FINE …AND I FOUND WORTH BUYING IT …..AUDIO OUTPUT IN THE HEADPHONES IS AWESOME IF U USE DECENT HEADPHONES ….!!!

  • Bhargava

    hey can anybody say me please how are u connecting the 3G or 2G dongles to the tab…… i am having vodafone 3g dongle but i am not able to install it. can any one say me how to install and use net in it…. other than tata photon and wifi……..

    • vinay

      only tata photon dongle works. no other

  • Ranjan

    @Doga
    please change your spects

  • doga

    Please get a better writer. The articles are so weak in grammer and I just cant read them…

  • Rizwan D

    The Tab is really very good and a value for money. When I ordered it through SNAPDEAL, I was worried abt the touch quality of screen, but it was really good compared to the price we give. Battery life is OK, since it is Android. I can even surf using my 2G dongle. Movies can be viewed very well. No lagging when u forward the movies. U can even use the mouse to work on Tablet. I gifted it to my 7 years daughter to free my mobile from her hands.. and she is enjoying it.. she can read documents, play games, and many more thing.. I give 5 stars to Micromax..

    • Atul S

      Hi Rizwan,

      Which 2G dongle did you use on funbook(Please give specifications) as I have read in may forums that even the bundled TATA Photon huawei Ec152 dongle is not supporting the funbook and people are forced to use wifi only.

      • Rizwan

        Hi,

        I have tried Reliance 2G dongle. Only thing is u need to Set APN to Reliance numbers that it.

        • Pradeep Neela

          apn is “RCOM 3G” or check by dialing *333 for settings

  • Ro

    very good review, solved most of my doubts. cheers

  • Venkat

    I have one problem with micromax funbook, when charger connected, if i put my finger just 1 cm above the touch pad, still it responding, because of this reason, i am unable to unlock my funbook. during battery charging touch pad is too much sensitive, so it is opening different applications, need some suggestion on this, did any one else found same issue ?

    • Touhid

      I have the same problem. Don’t know what to do. Sometimes the device shuts unexpectedly. And LCD colour distorts when its held from certain point of the back of the device.

    • Shashank Jaiswal

      Yes dude, I am also facing the same problem.
      The service Center Says that let it charge 100% thereafter you may use it along with charging without any problem.

    • pandya

      I face the same problem. The screen touch behaviour is completely unpredictable and broken when tablet is charging.
      If you find any solution let me know.

    • John

      connect 4volt charger..
      by default charger static electric form on screen due to which it does not respond you..

  • KennethThomas

    nice tablets you have mentioned here..
    thanks

  • Deepak

    Hi Amit, is it true that it is locked to tata photon for 3g connectivity ? Is it possible to connect using any other provider ? (i have a 3g dongle from bsnl which accepts airtel and aircel sims). Do you need to root the device for this purpose? After rooting is it possible to ‘unroot’ it so the warranty can be claimed if necessary ? Thanks in advance

    • Rizwan D

      You can connect any 2G or 3G dongle…

      • sethu

        whether huawei dongles can be connected in this??????????

        • virtupath

          yes you can use any huawei dongles

      • Subhas Chatterjee

        No, you cannot connect the Funbook to any 2G or 3G service out of the box. Micromax has a tie-up with TATA Docomo 3G to make its Funbook incompatible to any other 3G service. The inbuilt firmware of Funbook is so programmed that no other 3G service would be compatible. But you can reprogram the chip to make it suitable to all other 3G services. Then all Micromax applications would be deleted and you would have lot of space for your games etc. Done by a novice, your Funbook would be dead. Anyways, your warranty would be gone — taking all the fun out of the Funbook!

  • suraj

    does it support mass storage via pen drive in the usb and mouse,keyboard???

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      No

      • Sai

        Yes, it supports USB drive. I could even connect my external hard disk. And view video files from there. I have one problem just now got. As soon as i completed seeing a video which is available in the tab itself it suddenly hanged. I could not restart till i put the plug for battery recharge. Can you help me in this?

        • spdy

          avoid using external HDD as d battery is nt designed 4 it. its nt having much power 2 spin d drive n it is workin, it might weaken yo battery which ultimately creates issues regarding performance…

          • http://androidadvices.com/author/chetan/ Chetan Bhawani

            Using an external HDD is not a wise option as you mentioned. The companies have just started off providing these ports so still there is a long way to go before you see the HDD functionality doing well.

    • Rizwan D

      Yes I have tested, it supports USB Pen drives, you can even watch movies using it, You can also connect USB mouse.. Keyboard I am not sure

    • Shashank Jaiswal

      Yes, It supports. I had purchased one its working”FINE”, for the amount I paid.

  • Dip

    Hello can u plz gv us links of those videos?

  • Ravinder

    This tablet is good

  • quicknol

    Yes sure, ill ask your advice if needed.. Thanks for your precious response

    • rahul

      plzz dnt buy the tablet its perfomance is too slow .every other tym music stops and it goes to hang state very easily

      • chaitu

        no I tested it opening around 10 games at the same time. and the 11 th hd game works with out any lag. so pls buy

        • http://www.androidadvices.com/author/neal Pradeep Neela

          YES THERE ARE ISSUES WITH SOME GAMES

  • quicknol

    Hi Amit,

    I roamed into several showrooms, none has Micromax funbook for demo. But after reading this i feel 6500 Rs is decent price for this tablet.
    As you told touch is good, then its worth to buy this…
    Hope ill get one soon, thanks for great review

    • http://www.amitbhawani.com/blog/ Amit Bhawani

      I would suggest you to check out all our videos which we made around the device for a experience of the same and then decide.

      • tanish

        when try to charge my micromax p300 it shows a red battery and doesn’t charge . i charged it for 1 hour but no respond