Expert Review of Micromax Funbook Pro P500 Tablet
Micromax Funbook Pro is the successor of Micromax Funbook that was designed and developed specially for the the youth generation. At first glance, Micromax Funbook Pro appears the same as Micromax Funbook but it the former has a bigger screen when compared to the latter. Funbook Pro has 10.1 inch of display whereas Micromax Funbook has only 7 inch capacitive touch screen. The display of Funbook Pro is a bit glossy and is finger print prone bu the back has a simple grey finish that was there in Micromax Funbook also but it is nice and comfortable to hold and use. This tablet is only 12mm thick so holding this device in your hand won't be problematic but the primary camera is placed in front and that too at the extreme corner in front, which is slightly inconvenient to use as while holding the device in landscape mode you might place your finger or thumb over the camera.
The chassis of this Android tablet are made up of plastic, which is very plasticky but not flimsy and according to the price that this tablet holds, you cannot expect much out of the box as you are already getting more than the worth of this tablet. The rear camera is absent, which is one thing that this tablet is lagging. The form factor of Micromax Funbook Pro is very easy to hold and is convenient to use with such a big screen. The QWERTY keyboard in the landscape mode is quite difficult to use because of the 10 inches wide size that might cause a little bit problem while typing. Another problem with this tablet is that if you run multiple applications at one time then there are chances that some of them might get crashed. At back you will find dual speakers for good sound quality. The top has two buttons, one for increasing and decreasing the volume whereas the other one is the back button. The right side holds a power button, a 3.5mm universal headphone jack, an HDMI output via which you can play multimedia files on the HDMI compatible TV, two slots for microUSB port, and a charging slot. You will also find the slot for microSD memory card on the right side of this Android tablet. The bottom and left side are kept bare with no slots or buttons provided there.
The slot for microSIM card is missing from this tablet so you cannot make any call using Micromax Funbook Pro.
The touch screen of this tablet is very smooth and you will get a very user friendly interface with the tablet. The device comes with an internal search option too by which you can search for applications, files, documents or data that are stored in the tablet itself. This will save your time and will make your dealing with the device easier and simpler that ever before. The device will give you access to the Google play store. You can download applications quite smoothly and they run very well on the big 10.1 inch wide screen of this tablet. Apart from Google play store, you can also enjoy a new lot of applications available on the Micromax store where you will get exclusive applications and games.
This store has lot of content that is related to education, games, movies, entertainment and more. There is a huge library of games from where you can choose out the best game you want to download and play. You will also get an option of live TV on this applications store by Micromax. The best feature of this store is that you will get a huge lot of educational content here, no matter either you are a school going student, college going youth or a professional/technical student, you will get all the topics related to your studies here that will help you a lot. This store holds a wide variety of courses. The only downside of this store is that you have to purchase the education related contents available at Micromax applications store. The price of the courses varies as per the market rate. This device also does not provides support to Bluetooth, so you cannot share the content stored in this device with the other devices.
User Interface and UI functionality
Micromax Funbook Pro has a 10.1 inches wide TFT display with capacitive touch screen that provides a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels with a color resolution of 16 million that conspires to make as many color combinations as are possible to give a new rejuvenated look to the display. Considering the size of the display the resolution provided is quite low and with multi angular view the colors might get distorted. The viewing angles are sometimes okay but have lots of glare and if the room is very well lighten then you have to hold the device at a particular angle to get the most of the utility out of the display. The pixel density of 118 pixels per inch makes the display looks sharp, brilliant and rich with full of colors that makes every detail noticeable. The display supports multi touch facility so that you can give multiple commands to the screen at one go.
Micromax Funbook Pro is running on Android version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has a very user friendly user interface on top of it that brings lost of new features to the device and makes it worth usage. It is powered by Cortex-A8 processor that beats at the rate of 1.2GHz and makes the processing speed of the tablet very fast. The heavy applications can also run very smoothly with the help of such powerful processor and to make the graphical performance of the display superb and qualitative it comes loaded with Mali-400 GPU. With the Android operating system and smooth user interface you will get five customizable home screen panes where you can add or delete shortcuts, icons and widgets of various applications and features that are loaded in the tablet. Adding a widget is very simple as you only have to tap and hold the widget that you want to add on the home screen pane and then slowly place in on the particular home screen. This tablet also has some animated wall papers with which you can give new look to your device and makes it look new every time.
Micromax Funbook Pro is fully loaded with all the multimedia features that will give you ultimate fun and entertainment that you have never expected from such an affordable piece of gadget. The music player supports multiple formats that helps you in the playback and recording of an audio file. The formats supported are MPEG 2/4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, RM, RMVB, and many more that will widen your experience with the multimedia players and will enhance your usability. The music is quite audible if the noise in the ambiance is not much loud else the presence of dual speakers is not of any worth as then you have to use earphones or attach extra speakers to hear the audio file clearly. You can create your own library of music files where you can keep a very large number of your favorite tracks that you can listen wherever and whenever you want to.
The video player runs quite smoothly and delivers better than average quality videos. The video player supports formats such as MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, MP4, FLAC, APE, 2GP, WAV and many more that enables you to watch the videos without converting them in the compatible format. The video playback is good and the audio quality is decent if you are in a small room with less ambient noise. During a video playback you can very easily increase or decrease the volume of the video by swiping your fingers vertically over the display and by swiping the fingers in the horizontal direction you can forward of rewind the video anytime. There is no support of FM radio so you cannot hear your favorite radio stations over this tablet. With the expandable external memory slot you can keep a good amount of multimedia files in your tablet.
Pictures and Video quality
Micromax Funbook Pro holds a primary camera that is placed at a very odd position, that is, in the front at the extreme corner that is quite uneasy to use. The 0.3 megapixels camera sensor captures images with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and can also record VGA videos with ease. With this camera you can capture crystal clear images and can do face to face chat with your friends and family members whenever you want to and from any corner of the world. Enjoy the 21st century chats on this tablet with where you can put a face to your voice chats.
You can play 2160 pixels videos on the 10.1 inches wide TFT capacitive touch screen of this tablet. The HDMI port enables you to play the high resolution videos on the compatible HDMI TV so that you can enjoy the video on a much bigger screen. There is no camera at the rear which is quite unexpected but the front camera is capable enough to solve all your problems as with this camera apart from capturing and recording images and videos respectively, you can also do live video chats with your acquaintances.
Micromax Funbook Pro does not support any GSM connectivity so the options of EDGE, and GPRS are not available on this tablet but you can connect to the world of Internet through Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g via WLAN network. 3G connectivity is also not there so the only option left is Wi-Fi connection that is very fast and uploads or downloads data at a lightening fast speed. The pre-loaded Android browser, HTML, in this tablet is very easy to use and you can easily toggle between the pages. You can also play Facebook games and run high definition videos on this tablet. For sharing your data with other devices the only option provided is the dual ports for microUSB via which you can transfer data and information from one device to another.
Internal and External Memory
Micromax Funbook Pro holds an internal memory of 8GB with 1GB space for RAM so that running heavy applications on this tablet becomes very easy and the internal memory is enough to store a huge lot of SIS applications with your contact details, and many other data and information. You can expand the external storage capacity of the device up to 32GB using a microSD card in the memory card slot that is provided in this tablet. The memory card slot is hot swappable, which means that you do not have to switch off your device and take out the battery in order to insert to remove the memory card.
Applications and Gaming
icromax Funbook Pro is full of useful applications that will increase the usability of the device. You will also find many interesting games and features in the device that will make your free time full of fun and entertainment. With the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system you will get access to more than 2,00,000 applications that are available at the Android market. There is a special store for Micromax users, by the name of Micromax applications store where you will find all the education and entertainment related content. This tablet promises you to give edutainment, that is, education with entertainment. You will get the study material for all the class starting from primary to under graduate level, sample papers/ study material for engineering, medical, and MBA exams, interactive video classes that will help you out in gaining a thorough knowledge of the topic, crystal clear HD videos and songs to give you unlimited entertainment, and lots more. You can also indulge yourself in some masala gossips with your friends and family members on Facebook, Twitter or more social networking sites. With Micromax Funbook Pro you can study, watch movies, listen to your favorite tracks, get socialize, and keep the balance healthy between work and play.
Micromax Funbook Pro offers a standard Lithium Ion 5,600 mAh battery that consumes 3.7 volts of voltage. This battery is capable of delivering an average usage time of up to 6 hours only, which is the performance below average. The battery life is little disappointing and you will have to charge the device twice or thrice in a day depending upon the usage.
Micromax Funbook Pro offers connectivity to Wi-Fi network only via WLAN that delivers you a very fast browsing service. Other that Wi-Fi, no 2G or 3G network is supportable so you cannot make calls using this tablet. Gravity and Accelerometer sensors are there in the front that increases the usage of the tablet. The Accelerometer sensor measures the orientation or vertical and horizontal positioning of the phone and to rotate the screen accordingly whereas the gravity sensor adds an additional dimension to the information supplied by the accelerometer by tracking rotation or twist.
Micromax Funbook Pro is a nicely featured Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that is powered by 1.2GHz processor to make the device lightening fast. It has a very big 10.1 inch wide display that supports multiple touch commands. The screen is good and gives various colors with clarity so that you can collect the minute details about the picture or image. In the fast growing competition, every feature has its own value that enables a customer to purchase a device and in the case of Micromax Funbook Pro, its big display, powerful processor, strong Graphics processor, and the latest Android platform plays a vital role and to add a cherry over the cake, the company has the keep the price of this tablet very low so that a student can easily afford it. The device is fully loaded with all the contents that are needed to keep a healthy balance between work, play and study. Edutainment is what this tablet promises to every of its customer, which is a mixture of education with entertainment. Apart from the Android applications that are available at the Android Market, you can also access lots of exclusive applications and games that are specially designed and developed for Micromax users. You will get these applications at the Micromax Applications Store where apart from getting buzz related to movies, songs, and other entertainment things you will also get a huge bunch of study material from class nursery to under graduate level. You will also get sample papers and study material for MBA, engineering and medical students.
Only Wi-Fi connectivity option is available at your end that enables you to get connected with the world of Internet and do lots of browsing. The HTML Android browser makes browsing fun and very useful where you can open multiple we pages at one time and can easily toggle between them within seconds. The camera is average and is present at the front that allows you to do video calls to your friends and family members. With this 0.3 megapixels camera you can capture images as well as can record videos also. The video playback of this tablet is very good where you can run 2160 pixel videos very comfortably without facing any sluggishness.
This tablet cannot be compared to the tablets offered by the old and perfect players like Apple or Samsung but still keeping the applications and price apart, Micromax Funbook Pro will get a high and neck in neck competition from Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPad 2 32GB WiFi 3G, Apple iPad Mini, Apple iPhone 4S, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, RIM BlackBerry Playbook, HP TouchPad, Apple MacBook Air, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet S1, Sony Tablet S2, Acer Iconia Tab A501, HP Pavilion dm3t Laptop, Motorola Xoom, Toshiba Thrive, Amazon Kindle Fire, Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Padfone, Micromax Funbook Alpha and many more that are expected to hit the market in the near future.