Micromax Funbook 3G P560 Tablet Review

Few days back Micromax came up with model Funbook P362 which has inbuilt 2G Network connectivity. This Micromax Funbook 3G P560 has inbuilt 3G network connectivity. Within few month, the price of tablets with 3G connectivity has fallen by 2k – 3k. This Micromax Funbook 3G P560 is available at the price of Rs 8,799 at Saholic.com. Better side of tablet is improved design, inbuilt 3G connectivity and low price.

Micromax Funbook 3G P560 front

Look at the details of Micromax Funbook 3G P560

 

Micromax Funbook 3G P560 backBuilt and Design– Built and design is improved and it look decent. Front display is covered with black bezel and covered with tough glass that protect it from scratches. Body is made of plastic and back cover is black with textured surface. This square shape texture gives better holding strength to tablet.

Design of this tablet is done in portrait placement that is treated better for 7 inch tablet because these 7 inch tablets are mostly held in one hand and one hand holding is possible in portrait mode only. Front camera is placed on center of upper side and back camera is towards one corner on back surface.

Power button, volume control, SIM slot and SD card slot is placed on right edge of tablet.

Micromax Funbook 3G P560 dimensions are 194 x 123.5 x 10.6 mm. Thickness of 10.6 mm can’t be treated as thin in comparison to thinnest tablet like Apple iPad mini ( 7.6 mm) but common value among budget tablets is around 10.5 mm so this thickness of 10.6 is quite OK and acceptable. Weight of tablet is 323 grams that feels light.

Overall built and design of tablet is good and it gives decent look and easier operations to users.

Processor and RAM

Manufacturer: Qualcomm

SoC: Snapdragon S1 series

Model No: MSM7227A

Released: Q4 2011

Snapdragon SoC has circuitry to decode 720p and 1020p HD video. Qualcomm has integrated proprietary GPU technology named Adreno in the Snapdragon chipset. Snapdragon SoC has one unique thing that is Antenna for cellular communication is on-die so they don’t need external antenna.

Semiconductor technology

CPU

CPU Cache

GPU

Memory Technology

45 nm

Up To 1.0 GHz

ARM Cortex-A5

L2: 256 kB

Adreno200 (enhanced)

200 MHz

LP-DDR1

 This Snapdragon S1 is oldest series of Snapdragon SoC and the current version MSM7227A was released in Q4 2011. It is based on ARM Cortex A5 Architecture. These are built on 45 nm technology and ARMv7 CPU instruction sets. ARM Cortex A5 processors have small size, low cost and better power efficiency.

This Micromax Funbook 3G P560 tablet has 512 MB RAM that works well for small applications but resource sensitive application demand higher memory.

Display – Size of the TFT LCD display is 7 inch and resolution is 800 x 480 pixels. These type of displays are common in budget tablet. Pixel density is quite low i.e 133 ppi (Pixels per inch). Users who have seen better display will mind the color contrast.

5 point multi touch touchscreen is good. It is responsive and never disappointed for any touch action.

StorageThis has internal storage of 4 GB which is quite less. It is expandable up to 32 GB with external SD card. Major part of this 4 GB is consumed by operating system (around 2.5 GB) so user is just left with small storage space. Therefore user has to procure SD card for additional storage. In this competitive market, manufacturers are trying to reduce price on every possible specification which doesn’t affect performance that’s why most of the low cost tablets are now coming with 4 GB storage.

Camera – This has two camera, same as provided in other models. Quality point of view, these are passable utilities. 0.3 MP front camera is VGA type with image resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It is good for user who is just interested in video call or video chat. 2 MP primary rear camera has maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200. Qualitatively this is good for users who don’t go into much details like sensitivity, sharpness and color saturation.

Connectivity – It has all the necessary connectivity features required for day to day operation.

Wi-Fi - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support all type of Wi-Fi networks up to N type of networks so wireless transfer speed will not be a concern.

Bluetooth – Micromax Funbook 3G P560 has Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. Bluetooth version 4 is available in some of top branded tablets like Google Nexus 7. But most of the current budget tablets are coming with Bluetooth version 2.1 which is much slower than Bluetooth 3.0. Bluetooth 3.0 support data speed up to 24 Mbps while Bluetooth 2.0 support data speed only up to 3 Mbps.

2G/3G Cellular Network Connectivity – Most positive aspect of this tablet is availability of inbuilt 3G network SIM. It support UMTS 3G 2100 Mhz, GSM 2G 900/1800 MHz networks. Most of the tablet users demand 3G network for internet connectivity. 2G networks are not as efficient as 3G for data speed and connection reliability.

Operating System and Applications – This Micromax Funbook 3G P560 is preloaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.04 .It is surprising that why android ICS is chosen when jelly bean, a much superior OS is available. It has several preinstalled applications for internet, game and multimedia like Gmail, Gtalk, Alarm, Clock, Calendar, and Calculator. It has application for connectivity to Google Play so users may download applications of their choice from Google Play.

Power – Micromax Funbook 3G P560 has 3000mAh battery which is expected to give power backup around 3.5 hours.

Price – This is available at Rs 8,799 on Saholic.com and Rs 8,999 on Infibeam.com.

Conclusion – In this over flooded market, it is becoming difficult day by day to select a tablet. There are tablets which are superior in several terms but they need to be paid accordingly. On the other hand, there are budget tablets that focus on low pricing so they compromise on all possible aspects of designing. This Micromax Funbook 3G P560 has focused on 3G network connectivity at cheaper prices but other features are common among all budget tablets. Providing Android ICS instead of Jelly Bean is a disappointment.

So 3G connectivity at the price of 8,999 is good but android ICS is unexpected downgrading.