Since the introduction of the original Funbook in the country, Micromax
has unveiled quite a few tablets. While most of these are just variants
of the 7-inch Funbook, the Micromax Funbook Pro is a large 10-inch
tablet with different internals.
Micromax is clearly targeting the
budget tablet market with its Funbook Pro and has no interest in buyers
of the Galaxy Tab or the iPad. We find out whether the tablet is a
worthy addition to the growing budget tablet offerings and if it offers
value for money.
One of the first things that you
notice about a tablet, or that matter any device, is the overall look
and feel and that is surprisingly good in the Funbook Pro. The tablet
feels sturdy and fits nicely in the hand despite the full plastic body.
of the front has been taken by the display, which is surrounded by a
bezel, about an inch in thickness, and apart from that there is the
front camera placed in one corner. The back is similar to the original
Funbook, clean and coated with faux aluminium.
We found an issue
with the button placements on the device. The power button has been
unusually placed at the bottom corner, alongside rest of the ports. This
means you end up wasting a lot of time while powering on and off the
device - we just couldn't get used to this placement, despite spending a
decent amount of time using the tablet. Similarly, the volume rocker
has also been placed on the right corner, again not the usual place.
Funbook Pro features a 10.1-inch capacitive touch display with
1024x600p resolution. The display is good, however the viewing angles
are sub-par and so is the screen brightness. Even the touch response
leaves a lot to be desired.
Overall, if you can compromise with
the outdoor usage and poor viewing angles, the display should not give
you any major problems, as the colour output is more than average for
this price segment.
There is no rear camera on the
tablet, not that it is necessary, but you will get a VGA front camera on
the Funbook Pro. As you would expect from a VGA camera, the quality of
the front camera on the tablet is just about enough to make it useful
for your occasional video chat needs.
has pre-loaded Android 4.0.4 on the Funbook Pro and there aren't any
visible software customisations on the device. The company has,
however, pre-loaded quite a few apps along with its own app store on the
Despite packing 1GB RAM and a 1.2GHz processor, the
software experience isn't as smooth as we would have liked from the
tablet. That being said, it is still a big improvement over the
company's original Funbook.
Micromax has also loaded a lot of
education content on the tablet and more can be purchased and used with
the apps present on the device. The tablet also offers access to Google
Play, where users can download more applications.
downside, the default Android Gallery app is missing from the tablet and
we don't see any reason for its absence. All the media content opens in
a third-party app called Super-HD Player, which is below average. The
app also indexes videos and images from the pre-loaded educational
content (which takes the amount of images and videos in the app to
hundreds) and makes it an impossible task to search for the real media
files. Micromax or the educational app provider should have ideally
marked those files so that they don't get indexed in the app.
Overall, the software might be an improvement over Micromax's previous tablet, but it clearly still needs some work.
point worth highlighting - as we are yet to see Micromax providing
Android updates for any of its Android devices, we suspect whether the
Funbook Pro will ever get one - Jelly Bean in this case.
Performance/ Battery Life
we have already noted that the Micromax Funbook Pro tablet is powered
by 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, which should ideally be enough to
provide decent performance on the tablet.
But does it? Yes and
No. Although the Funbook Pro works decently and multimedia playback
being the highlight, the interface lag and occasional jitters are a big
pain and often frustrate the user.
The web browsing experience is
decent, but image heavy websites are a tough task for the tablet. Even
when you open multiple tabs in the Android browser, the experience goes
from decent to sub-par.
Another negative of the tablet is the
missing Bluetooth and GPS, two very important components for a tablet
user. For example, the tablet comes pre-loaded with Google's free
Navigation app, but it is rendered useless because of the lack of GPS.
You can't even find your location in the maps properly because there is
no cell tower reception and you are stuck with Wi-Fi for help.
the connectivity front, similar to other budget tablets, the Funbook Pro
gives plethora of options including MicroUSB port, MicroUSB HOST,
mini-HDMI (no cable included) and 3.5mm audio jack. There is also a
microSD card slot.
The MicroUSB to USB converter packed in the
box, allows you to connect USB mouse, keyboard, thumb drives and data
card to the tablet, all of which worked perfectly.
On the battery
front, the tablet is packed with 5,600 mAh battery, which gives around 7
hours of backup during normal usage, however if you are planning to
watch full HD videos, it will last around 3.5 hours. You might get more
battery backup depending on your usage.
Funbook Pro is a mixed bag. On one hand, the tablet is a good
multimedia device and works decently, on the other; it lacks GPS,
Bluetooth and provides poor touch experience and a laggy interface.
the price tag of Rs. 9,999, we can't really expect the polished UI of
say an iPad, but again that also does not mean we should settle for a
In the end, all of it comes down to one
question - does the Micromax Funbook Pro provide a decent tablet
experience? Yes, but with flaws. So, if you can compromise on that to
some extent, the Micromax Funbook Pro is a worthy consideration.
Micromax Funbook Pro in pictures
Price: Rs. 9,999
Missing Bluetooth, GPS
Ratings (Out of 5)
Battery Life: 3
Value for Money: 3