The new Kogan Agora handset is being introduced in the budget market. Does it deliver enough to be one of the leading low-priced handset?
Closer Insight of Kogan Agora
Kogan Agora handset is being introduced in the budget market. Does it deliver enough to be one of the leading low-priced handsets? Read the full review to know the answer.
The description of Kogan Agora includes:
- dual-core 1GHz processor
- Android 4.0 operating system
- 4GB internal storage and an expansion slot for external memory
- 8mm length; 80mm width and 9.8mm thickness
- A display of 5 inches and 800 x 480 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 180g
- Price of $119
- The design of the handset is very neat and smooth.
- The corners are curvy and easy to hold.
- Below the screen there are three buttons for Home, Menu, and back functions.
- Weighing 180g, the handset feels very heavy in the hand.
- There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge along with a power button.
- On the right edge, there is a volume rocker button.
- The handset offers a 5-inch display screen.
- The 5inch screen might be a plus for many people but the 800×480 pixels display resolution gives it mediocre quality. The resolution might have been better if the display screen measured 4.3 or 4.5 inches, as the pixel per inch count would have been better.
- The video viewing and web browsing experience is below average, as text clarity and brightness are no good.
- The pixel density of 200ppi lacks vibrancy and brightness.
- The back houses a 5-megapixel camera.
- The front holds a 0.3-megapixel camera.
- The camera is jerky and it struggles a lot to take snapshots in varied lighting conditions.
- The resulting snapshots are not something you would like to treasure for a long time.
- The colours of the pictures are faded and lack brightness.
- The 1GHz dual-core processor along with 512MB RAM is not something Kogan can be proud of.
- The most annoying part of the handset is that the processing is jerky and at times you have to wait for a response for several seconds. Sometimes when you move from the home screen to the app drawer, you see extra large icons and you have to wait for a few seconds for everything to settle into its actual size.
Memory & Battery
- The handset offers 4 GB of built-in memory which can be augmented by the use of a microSD card.
- The 2000mAh battery will get you through a day of frugal use, but you might need an afternoon top with heavy use.
- The Kogan Agora runs Android 4.0, which might be okay for some people.
- There are not much software here to bloat about.
- The usual features of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio and the most advanced features like HDMI, NFC and DLNA not available.
- One of the SIMs is 2G supported while the other is 3G supported.
- The Kogan Agora has dual-SIM support, you can easily select which SIM you want to use for different functions like SMS, Voice call, and Video call, moreover, it is quite handy for while travelling and using work and home SIMs separately.
The handset is a complete waste of opportunity. The processor is a letdown, the display resolution is no good, the camera is simply mediocre, memory is not enough etc. Much better budget phone available on the market in same price.
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