Android tablets have started gaining a lot of popularity in India, where price is a decisive factor. Google had announced the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS in October last year. The ever-growing tablet market has seen batches of ultra-affordable ICS tablets since. We reviewed two such tablets recently — the Micromax Funbook and the Zen Ultrabook A100. We have pitted them against each other in our grudge match. Let’s see which one comes out on top.
Micromax Funbook P300
The Funbook sparked quite a bit of interest when it was launched, as it is currently one of the cheapest Android v4.0-based tablets in the market. Micromax calls the Funbook an edutainment device, targeting it at students and those preparing for professional exams. This sleek and good-looking tablet has a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor at its core while running on the Android v4.0.3 (ICS).
As for its build, we really loved its incredibly light feel. It’s quite slim as well, making it a very good eBook reader. It is one of the better-built Android tablets a user will find in the sub-10K price range.
Zen Ultratab A100
Not to be left behind in the budget tablet segment, Zen Mobiles recently announced their Ultratab A100. This tablet has a 7-inch screen. Zen’s Ultratab A100 user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu, which users can customise to display a variety of content on the homescreen.
At a thickness of 10.5mm and a weight of merely 295 grams, the UltraTab A100 is very lightweight compared with other tablets in its category. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, complemented by a Mali 400 graphics processor (GPU) and the operating system is Android v4.0 (ICS). It features 512MB of DDR3 RAM, and an internal storage capacity of 4GB, expandable to 32GB via the microSD card slot. The UltraTab has a built-in 2800mAh battery that can not be replaced by the user.
In our real-world tests, the Micromax Funbook had a much better battery life of seven hours as compared to the A100, which managed a meagre 3 hours and 47 minutes. The only reason the Ultratab gets more points is that it is slightly cheaper, has a front camera of a higher resolution, and is a wee bit lighter than the Funbook. Though the two devices appear almost neck and neck, the Funbook edges out the A100 with an HDMI out port and an overall better battery life.