Micromax P300 Funbook – A Snappy ICS Experience For The Buck

Entitled as “china bred Indian brand”,  that’s the first impression that Micromax left on the Indian subcontinent post it’s launch a few years back, this promising Indian firm is all set to make a flashy comeback to the market with its brand new set of soldiers. last year, Micromax left all of us in a shocker by launching $200 a85 that was tegra2 phone but this gamble didn’t pay off courtesy the “down market” tag that Micromax had on its forehead an year back. Coming back to 2012( don’t worry it isn’t the end of the world ) ,  we have in our hands, the Micromax Funbook p300, a $150 android 4.0 ( ice cream sandwich- out of the box) that’s already selling out in mass in the Indian market. I tried to play this gamble too with my buck, and guess what, i am here to present to you a complete hands on review of this amazingly value-for-money tablet pc.

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Micromax P300 Funbook Specifications :

  • 7.0″ LCD capacitive touchscreen display of WVGA (480×800 resolution)
  • Dimensions : 192x122x10.5 mm
  • Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich)
  • 1.22Ghz cortex-A8 processor with dual mali-400mp GPU
  • USB 2.0 with USB on-the-go support
  • Inbuilt 4Gb memory (1.1Gb for apps/2 Gb user accessible )
  • microSD card slot ( supports upto 32 Gb cards)
  • Loads of bundled apps and support

Micromax Funbook P300 Review

Here we present to you the detailed review of the Micromax P300 Funbook. In continuation to the specifications list , let’s have a little introduction to the device.  Its a sleek looking device that manages to look like the amazon kindle fire upfront and a little of the iPads from the backside . Coming with a very basic retail package viz the minimal price tag, all we get for 6499 INR ( $140-$150) is the slate itself along with a charger and mini USB connector( both male and female types for the USB on-the-go-cause) plus the User’s manual for the device.

Let’s have a look at the exterior of the device :

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Design & Construction:

Coming back to our review we are going to talk about the design and build quality of the device. As you can see the device has got a touch of elegance to it with a glossy front being nicely complemented by the metallic finished back. Yes, the battery is not user accessible but that’s alright for a tablet pc.

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As you can see the device fits nicely into hands and yes, it has got a sturdy feel to it With a comfortable waistline measuring at 10.5mm its good to hold and all we could wish of was having a thinner bezel surrounding the screen but this is the Micromax way .

Moving on, lets have a look at the different ports and buttons present on the periphery of the 7 incher.

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We get here a micro USB port that supports USB 2.0 plus USB on-the-go which helps you to get the full multimedia experience courtesy the support for all types of USB keyboards, mouse and flash drives. Plus we have the HDMI port which enables us to plug into our TV sets through the HDMI cable( not bundled ) and enjoy our content on the bigger screen. ( Cool for the price tag…isn’t it?)

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On the lateral side of the tablet we get the volume rocker plus the screen lock key which are good enough as we haven’t got any grounds to complain, keeping in mind the aggressive pricing of the device. Having a look around, we can notice the sleek side-line that this device holds to it. What’s your opinion? Elegant, isn’t it?

The device fares out on the exterior with quite sturdy build quality with no plastic creaks to be found plus the compact 7″ form factor gives it an edge over the giant tablets in terms of day to day use. In my opinion this is the best form factor one can get in a tablet pc in terms of usage and portability too(That’s the reason behind Google’s first tablet being a 7 incher).

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Raw Android 4.0 Experience With Loads of Bundled Apps & Media:

The Micromax Funbook  comes running on android 4.0 ice cream sandwich out of the box with no noticeable UI customizations on board. What you get is some raw android 4.0 experience which has it’s own eye candy on the serve. No UI customizations may be taken in a better perspective as it helps the single core device get along with a faster pace on the latest of android. Wise enough, isn’t it?

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Multimedia & Real Life Performance :

Just don’t get carried away by the price tag or the ice cream sandwich platform, this 7 incher is a really snappy customer when it comes to real life performance. A 1.22 Ghz cortex-A8 processor backed up by the dual Mali-400mp GPU ( Yes, its dual core indeed. ) powers this device which promises a healthy android experience and seamless multitasking viz the android 4.0 platform and the 512mb of RAM. To juice up the graphics rendering capabilities of the device, we tried running the heaviest of 3D wallpapers along with some graphics intensive gaming on the go. It can easily run every single video thrown at it courtesy the snappy chipset and the pre-bundled Super HD-player with the only disappointment being the out-dated camera upfront. Its a VGA unit that’s capable of nothing more than taking some profile pictures or having video chat ( still, don’t forget the price tag 🙂 ). Concluding this section, we must not forget about the battery performance of this device. Rated at about 2800 mAh, the battery has got enough of juice in it to keep the single core customer happy, nothing special here, but just the same androidish battery backup. We thought that we should make a realtime video of the Micromax p300 Funbook so that it could stand by it’s words and promises that it holds to , quite firmly.

Here goes the video:

My Verdict:

A really affordable 7-inch tablet pc with the latest of Android on-board plus a very capable chipset and enough of graphics processing power to juice up the best of multimedia content thrown at it , including 1080p HD videos downloaded from YouTube, with no conversion at all plus buttery smooth gaming performance. Packed up with top notch connectivity options including Wi-Fi, USB on-the-go and HDMI out but no Bluetooth, still it can easily take care of all one can expect it from. 3G connectivity or SIM functionality is not on the serve here but we can always plug in any USB 3G dongle and surf the internet via the mini USB port provided. If you can ignore the Micromax branding over the performance and specifications this device has to offer, you are definitely in for a smart buy 🙂 .

Please tell us about your views on the tablet and the review, whether it was helpful to you or not in the comments section .

(Update: We are working on a rooting and CM9 Installation on this device with a detailed benchmark comparison… stay tuned 🙂 )

  • teja

    they dont provide kernel source for any of their android products including funbook. it makes hard to customize the device. That sucks. I would say go for google nexus 7. it has better features, you can be sure that google will always release its source code and it will be the first tablet to receive android updates.

    • Yes, you may be right, our review of Nexus 7 is coming soon!