Hands On with Sub $200 Kogan Agora ICS Tablet
Kogan is recently release a new affordable Android 4.0 tablet. This would be a great news for those of you who plan to purchase new Android tablet anytime soon. The device is currently dubbed as Agora. Priced at $179, it’s sports 10 inch screen. As we already mention earlier, this device shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board. Interested to read more information about this device? Then you should join us here guys. Fully detailed explanation coming up, right after the break.
Kogan Agora specs is quite promising. It’s 10.1 inch screen is able to provide maximum 1024 x 768 pixels resolution, thanks to the IPS LCD technology. Deep under it’s chassis, lies a 1.0GHz single-core CPU, with 1GB RAM and 400MHz GPU. There are two different version to pick, each with different internal memory. The first one has 8GB data storage and it is priced at $179, while the 16GB version will be yours for $199. There are some useful ports like micro USB, USB adaptor, microSD card slot, and micro HDMI output. There are two camera unit attached. 0.3 megapixels on front and 2.0 megapixels on back.
Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity are also supported. However, you can’t hook this tablet into any 3G/4G Internet network until you use additional adapters.
We found that the apps and screens are launched pretty fast using the A8 processors. However, when we start to use it for multi tasking, the tablet is start to provide us with sluggish and laggy performance. Same thing also happen to the built in browser. Simple task like pinch-to-zoom can be very irritating since the touch screen is not too responsive. The good thing is that it is support for Adobe Flash, so you can stream video from YouTube or open flash-based website on this one with ease.
Agora’s Quadrant and Browsermark test result are quite disappointing too. It is left far behind other modern-day tablet like Motorola Xoom. Fortunately, this tablet manage to deliver great amount of brightness and contrast on it’s display. But you might find out that the display is not built very well that it takes your fingerprints very easy. As we already mention earlier, Agora only support for maximum 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. Sadly, Quadrant benchmark force you to run the apps in smaller 1024 x 720 pixels resolution.
Overall, Agora is quite good tablet, but not good enough to replace other sub $200 device like Kindle Fire or Nook color. But if you’re looking for a tablet that able to help you with simple task like note-making and web browsing. This is your best bet guys.
Well, that’s all we can tell you right now guys. If you think that we miss something from our explanation, feel free to contact us via comment box below. We are also welcome any kind of suggestion and critics here.