MI­CRO­MAX FUN­BOOK

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - -NIDHI SIN­GAL

With its seven-inch af­ford­able tablet, Mi­cro­max is try­ing to do to tablets what it did to mo­bile phones. Though priced at just 6,499, the Fun­book has fea­tures that will

` con­tend with the costlier units.

HORSE­POWER

The 350-gm tablet is pow­ered by ARM Cor­tex A8 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor with a Mali 400 GPU and comes with 512MB RAM. The specs are enough to let the Fun­book per­form rou­tine tasks. How­ever, the dis­play isn’t all that bright and il­leg­i­ble in sun­light.

POR­TRAIT OR LAND­SCAPE?

The phys­i­cal keys on the Fun­book are easy to use in Land­scape mode, but the same be­come a pain when used in the por­trait mode. You have no op­tion but to stick to the on­screen key in the lat­ter.

HIC­CUPS:

While it does ev­ery­thing smoothly, web brows­ing isn’t one of the Fun­book’s strong points. It man­aged to play videos and games, but slows down as the graph­ics get heav­ier.

MADE FOR IN­DIA:

For a change this is a tablet de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in In­dia, and does not sport a Made in China logo at the rear. Mi­cro­max has tied up with some lead­ing names in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional con­tent on the Fun­book.

PLAT­FORM

De­spite be­ing a low-end tablet, the Fun­book fea­tures An­droid v4.0 Ice-Cream Sand­wich. The user in­ter­face hasn’t been changed and you can close run­ning apps with a sin­gle swipe like in other tablets run­ning this An­droid ver­sion.

MI­CRO­MAX FUN­BOOK Price:

` 6,499

Specs:

An­droid 4.0; 7-inch tablet; Front VGA cam­era; 4GB mem­ory, ex­pand­able up to 32GB; Wi-Fi, HDMI port, miniUSB port; 350 gm; 2800mAh bat­tery.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? Im­pres­sive. Good value for money at the price point.

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