Review: Kogan Agora

Kogan has been doing business on budget TVs on the UK market by getting consumers with electronic kits to keep their products available in lower price tag. Recently they put their eyes on mobile market and the answer was Agora, a 5-inch smart looking phone for a very affordable price. Making the product available for cheap price doesn’t mean that it’s not worth for a shot. Despite some issues Agora did shined on some aspects of its offerings.

Agora

Deep down its body there lies a dual-core 1GHz processor which is pretty nifty for multitasking purpose. On the memory department it got only 512MB of RAM, which is ok, provided if you are not overloading the mobile with memory hungry applications.

The in-built storage is only 4GB but you can beef it up with a microSD card. About the screen, apparently the big 5-inch size is the main attraction. But you don’t want to expect it to perform like that of Galaxy SIV. Agora’s screen is big but its resolution is only 800×480 pixels which is bit of stretch for the clarity.

The phone comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich right out the box rather than the latest Jelly Bean. So that means there won’t be that “buttery smooth” experience as Google calls it on the phone. But ICS is fine by the way.

Kogan has done a great job on its physical design aesthetics.  The bezel is thin, the ports are placed with very good ergonomics and has glossy black coating making it decent in appearing.

Verdict

For £120 it’s a good option to consider. It will give you smooth performance and has an appreciable but not exceptional battery life. You need to sacrifice on its display quality and it lacks connectivity functions like 4G and NFC.

Features

  • 5-inch Touchscreen Display
  • 800×480 Pixel resolution
  • Android 4.0 OS
  • Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Slot
  • 5-MP Rear Camera
  • Price: £120

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