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Micromax tablet Funbook Vs HCL ME Tablet U1

Indian tablet market is flooded with tablets as more and entrants are emerging and after the launch of 2 Android 4.0 ICS tablet (HCL ME tablet U1 and Micromax tablet) we decided to put a contrast on good and bad of both tablets providing a comparison between both. Both the tablet are different from very low cost entry level tablet like aakash tablet and BSNL tablet and aimed to provide more features at low cost which are absent at that tiny price tag. Also both HCL tab and Micromax tab funbook are both designed keeping in mind the large student base of India thereby focusing more on educational needs of the students as well apart from the media rich content. HCL has introduced 2 different ME tab models priced slightly higher than ME U1 for preloaded educational content whereas Micromax tablet has partnered with many International publishers to sell the content according to the need thereby providing more flexibility.

Micromax Funbook Vs HCL ME Tablet U1

 

Design and Hardware of HCL ME tablet and Micromax tablet

Design : HCL ME u1 tab is made up of polycarbonate frame to prevent accidental damage during fall and comes in white color. Micromax funbook provides a little more variation in colors and is available in Slate Grey and Midnight Black. Both tablet are completely touch based but micromax tab has 3 physical buttons on front panel for navigation also Micromax tablet claims to be a little thinner (2.53 mm) but both weighs around 350 grams. Few additional buttons are provided at the right side of HCL tablet for volume control, On-OFF and Reset. An intelligent Display ON and OFF switch is present in HCL ME tab to save battery while listening to songs. Both tab has a Branding logo of respective company at the back.

Processor: Both the tablets are based on CORTEX A8 architecture but Micromax tablet is clocked at 1.2 GHz and HCL ME tablet is clocked at 1GHz which gives an edge to Micromax tab and makes it a bit speedy however this trick can be done overclocking the CPU so not much of difference is going to be there in speed.

RAM: Both tablet uses 512 MB DDR3 RAM

Video Processor: Micromax tablet Funbook is powered with Dual Mali 400 2D/3D video processor to provide fluent and flawless HD display, HCL ME tablet also supports HD display but no specifications are provided for video processor.

Sensors: Accelerometer Sensor is provided with both the tablet which changes screen layout from portrait to landscape and vice versa as user changes its orientation.

Display, Sound and camera

HCL ME tablet is winner when it comes to touch experience. ME tab touch screen accuracy precession is much better than any other tablet at such low cost. HCL ME tab and Micromax funbook tab both features 7” inch capacitive touch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and 800 x 480 screen resolutions. Pixel density of both the tablets is quite good and provides a tuned performance at games and HD movies. A 2 finger pinch Zoom is also supported by Micromax tablet which can be seen only in High end computing devices.

Both tablets has VGA camera (0.3MP) at front end for video chatting by integrating it with Skype or other Apps and none of them has exceptional features but lack of rear camera in both HCL ME tab and Micromax Funbook is something the users will miss.

Both tabs have a 3.5 mm jack for external speaker connectivity and ships with earphones also built in speakers are also provided in both but they are too low to be taken into account.

Battery life and Connectivity of HCL tablet ME U1 and Micromax Funbook

Battery of HCL ME tab 3600 mAh Li-ion which gives you longest backup in this range. Micromax tablet funbook suffers from battery life and provides 2800 mAh battery which definitely to worry about due to electricity shortage in most part of India.

Wi-Fi support is present in HCL ME tab and so in Micromax tab to connect it with Internet also both supports external 3G USB modem for internet connectivity. No SIM card slot is present in any of the tablet so no Phone support is provided with any and neither of these supports Bluetooth and GPS.

Software

Since both the tablets runs on Android 4.0.3 there not much to differentiate between both. Android 4.0.3 has a large collection of Apps thus both tablets support almost every file extension. But HCL ME tablet does not support Google Play Store (Android Market Place) and you can download the especially optimized apps from the HCL store but this is something where the beauty of Android faints.

Features where Micromax tablet (Micromax funbook) wins

  • Micromax tabletSpeedy processor.
  • 2 Finger Pinch Zoom.
  • Thinner than HCL ME U1.
  • Google Android Market Place access.
  • Flexible Plans for Educational content (Educational content is paid and not free).

 

Features where HCL ME tablet U1 wins

  • HCL ME tabletTouch Experience and Accuracy.
  • Presence of both USB and mini USB ports.
  • Polycarbonate frame for accidental fall damage prevention
  • Very Good Battery Life.

HCL ME U1 tablet vs Micromax Funbook: Specifications

Feature

HCL ME U1 tablet

Micromax Funbook

Verdict?

Operating system (OS)

Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Draw

Display size

7 inch 7 inch Draw

Display technology

Capacitive, Multi touch Capacitive, Multi touch + 2 finger zoom supported Micromax Fun book

Display resolution

800×480 pixels 800×480 pixels HCL ME U1 tab

Front camera

VGA (0.3 MP) VGA (0.3 MP) Draw

Rear camera

- - -

Internal memory

4 GB expandable to 32GB 4 GB expandable to 32GB Draw

Thickness

12.53 mm 10 mm Micromax Funbook

Weight

350 gram 350 gram Draw

Application store

HCL app store (optimized apps) Google Android Market Micromax Funbook

Processor

Cortex A8 1 GHz Cortex A8 1.2 GHz Micromax Fun book

RAM

512MB DDR3 512MB DDR3 Draw

3G

External 3G modem Support External 3G modem Support Draw

Wi-Fi

Yes Yes Draw

USB port

Yes Only Micro USB HCL ME U1 tab

Battery

3600 mAh Li-Ion 3600 mAh Li-Ion HCL ME U1 tab

HDMI Port

No Yes Micromax Fun book

Price

Rs 7999 /- Rs 6500 /- + Free Tata photon+ Micromax Fun book

There are few drawbacks in both of the tablet and its difficult to predict a overall winner and both of them are quite good to return the value of your money, HCL is a established brand in computing devices and micromax is a bit new but has gained a lot in last few years. Micromax tablet gains a slight edge over the HCL ME tablet due to greater functionality and flexibility it provides.

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81 thoughts on “Micromax tablet Funbook Vs HCL ME Tablet U1”

  1. hcl me does hv a blurtooth 2.0 i think.

    and i must say it’s a beautiful review . everything included completely

  2. WI-FI is avaliable in micromax funbook and gps support is not there but you can download ‘google maps’(freeware) app from android market and check it out it points your location exactly even navigation works perfetly(don’t knw about HCL ME U1).
    when using HDMI and connecting to lcd or led tv’s, the meaning of HD is felt absolutly crystal clear images and videos without any lag even when you are playing games.
    GO FOR MICROMAX FUNBOOK ….. have fun :)

  3. Which of the following has Bluetooth ????????
    please rply..

    REPLY– None of them has Bluetooth.

  4. Dear Admin,
    Thanx for Ur valuable information and I really found out it useful since I am planning to buy a Tab after selling my Nokia 5230 cell.
    One thing I am missing in both Tabs are, SimCard Slot.

    Thanx
    Abrar Khan

    1. Price of both tablets are mentioned above and no discount is reported for students by any company.

    1. No, no such information is provided by any company but you can download some Arabic language pack for Android in these tablets

  5. Dear Friends

    there is one big draw back with Funbook for internet connectivity funbook support only TATA photon. BUT in HCL U1 support all DONGLES so you can easily connect any INTERNET DONGLE and do surfing.

    TABLET is only for internet browsing and playing games. with U1 have a multiple choice for internet suffering but with funbook only one support. so it means FUNBOOK is worth in the front of HCL U1

    i will never waste money on FUNBOOK . i will purchase HCL u1 . and its a BRANDED product too.

  6. Do not think of buying hcl u1 tab. You can not download applications from google play store ( android market ). you can download applications only from hcl me applications which are very few as compared to android market. almost all applications require internet access even after downloading.

  7. some of the advantageous of HCL is mentioned in the article but not in the comparison list

    1. volume control, On-OFF and Reset. An intelligent Display ON and OFF switch
    2. HCL ME tablet is winner when it comes to touch experience
    3. Keyboard accessory is available in HCL store with leather pouch

    your overall comparsion gives me a good understanding to come to an conclustion and make decision. Thanks.

    1. Thanks no doubt HCL wins at touch experience but restriction to Google play store is BIG drawback.

  8. how can i access the phone calls in tablet. should i take a post paid connection without sim card.

    1. I had used Idea net setter and other modem with a little firmware update which can handle the calls when connected to USB you can use any sim card either post paid or prepaid.

    1. There is a micro USB port the only disadvantage is that you have to carry an extra cable to connect USB devices. Its fully compatible with USB.

  9. //there is one big draw back with Funbook for internet connectivity funbook support only TATA photon. //

    As mr.raj mentioned micromax funbook supporting TATA photon simcard only for internet connectivity….it’s mean we can’t use any other simcard for internet? please clarify guys…

  10. Just get this straight to me, if you have internet you can surely download all android apps, if not from google play store. and if you have full usb connectivity, you can connect your very own phone and work with it.. this is the reason i think HCL ME U1 is the clear winner.

  11. how can i connect my reliance usb modem in hcl u1……..?
    and tel me about……games of hcl u1………

    1. yaa, you can connect any USB device as normal but you have to carry one extra cable thats the only problem

  12. i will never waste money on FUNBOOK . i will
    purchase HCL u1 . and its a BRANDED product
    too.

  13. have decided to buy hcl u1. need only clarification that i cn download android appl from net using my wifi or cannot download?

    1. You can download apps from HCL store only, there is a restriction that you cant connect it with Google play store

  14. Guys you can use any Dongles for net connectivity other than Tata Photon bay using the clear installation of ICS in Micromax Funbook.

  15. I think funbook is better than hcl me u1 as their is no restriction in downloading apps from android in funbook ,and it has free dongle and data usage over 2 month and zenga tv application is also pre installed……

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  17. hello friends! Is there any tablet which is greater in features but low in prices than these two?

  18. Can we connect huwaii 3g sim dongle to micromax funbook to acccess the internet?

    or other 3g sim dongles to connect micromax funbook to internet?

  19. Hello friends,

    I am looking forward to buy micromax funbook, but am confused with internet connections, pls tel if tata photon is free or comes with a price ?
    secondly can is it not possible to download andriod games by my laptop and than transfer to tablet ? guys pls clear this issue !

  20. Guys I think we are fighting for nothing…

    You can download Google Play and install offline in any ANDROID devices using file manager…

    And also you can root it to overclock 1GH to 1.2GH for Processor fact.

    I think it’s all about the battery fact which gonna ends with bad story after using 3 months. So in this case HCL have 3600 which is better than Micromax.

  21. Plz,tell me can we connect idea net setter with hcl ? Or we can install its software on it?

  22. Hello friends ,
    Good Morning ,
    Well after reading all the reviews
    i am looking forward to buy Micromax Funbook but i still have a small doubt and it’s about Gps ? .. so please tell me whether this phone support Gps or not ..

    also i would like to know after signing in to facebook account .. is there mcheck in facility ?

    kindly please update me

    Thank and Best Regards,
    Iraj Chacko

  23. hello friendz,
    can i connect Micromax Funbook with IDEA 3G net setter.lil bit confused after reading. pl reply.
    thanx

  24. Micromax tablet Funbook is much bettaer in developing scenereo for new commer where every day comming new version,so experiace one than use some higher cost & quality.Thanks.

  25. in micromax funbook we cant run any other dongle than tata photon… this is a very big disadvantage

  26. I hav som questions about me u1
    1. can i install Google play
    2.is dis r available in me U1( Social networking & Document editor)

    plz replay…

    1. 1) No you cant connect it with Google Play store.
      2) Yes social networking and Document editor both available in both tabs

  27. Hello bhupinder you can use Huawei UMG1831 any networks.
    Thanx for me advance… :)

  28. Guys i have got HCL ME and believe me its best coz it has got good battery life, good display, no processor lag, brand with good service center, u can get keyboard from HCL, net browsing same as u r doing it on laptop, its good that it dosent have sim coz i am using 3g speed with reliance netconnect modem with awesome speed 5 mb file downloaded in just 20 secs, no google play access but still HCL ME apps has got all good apps. Decision lies at you now. I told u coz i am using and is satisfied

  29. Hi,
    Day before yesterday I brough HCL ME U1 and feeling it is a waste of investment. Its build quality is poor. It is not supporting most of the Android Apps. Its Office suite won’t allow to edit Word/Excel or any documents. Presentation is not at all working. Even it wont have a simple application like Note, just to type any small piece of Text.. Even I bought additional Accessory Keyboard, which is useless. When using 3g Stick, Keyboard cant’t be plugged in even though 2 USB with smaller.. very bad. Considering the cost .. better to not to go for it. I feel, its worth only Rs. 4,000/- . Even a Single Pi is more for that.
    Even feeled Cheated :(

    Is there any fully functional Tablet with Linux Applications?

  30. When tried for Installing Skype, it said, it need Android 4.x. and told present OS is 2.x is it true. If it is, I would like to take legal action against. Can any one suggest how to chek OS Ver?

  31. is there any sim card slot in micromax funtab because i read it in some sites like homeshop18 that theres a sim card slot in it would u please give a lilltle infrmation abt this becz um little confused with this

  32. Snapdeal.com pe micromax funbook ke sath micromax ka router dono rs.8999/- me mil raha hai, jise khardke aap kisi bhi operator se net use kar sakte hai
    thanks!!!

  33. heyy guys…, guys.,guys..,
    i’m here to clear that you can’t use any 3g usb device with micromax funbook., you can only use TATA DOCOMO PHOTON+ .,it comes with this funbook after paying rs. 500 extra.. you always have to carry a extra cable to connect photon or any other device like pen drive etc. it looks odd when you are using internet and a photon device is hanging with your tablet.., i would never suggest to purchase a funbook to anyone., in front of funbook hcl me u1 is better., i purchased funbook just before 3 hours.., you can ask me any other ques. only about funbook on my e-mail..

  34. Nobody can lie, the cameras are not the best on iPad but there pefrect for skype and taking quick shots for apps like gingerbooth. And flash is pointless too it causes lag, shows more adds and almost every flash game requires a keyboard or it couldnt work on a touch screen. And iSwifter is a cloud based app it lets you play flash content

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