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Kogan Agora ICS tablet review

How does Ice Cream Sandwich taste in a bargain tablet?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 768
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel

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For

  • Bargain price
  • Decent screen
  • Abundance of connections
  • Ice Cream Sandwich

Against

  • Poor battery life
  • Average processing power
  • Debatable build quality

Australian technology company Kogan has built its success on creating cheap but functional products that offer an alternative to premium priced brand names.

The Agora 10-inch tablet is no exception. At AUD$199 (£129), it is by far one of the most affordable tablets on the market, especially for a device running the Ice Cream Sandwich build of Android. The question is whether or not the sacrifices made to hit that sub AUD$200 price point are too great to justify spending your hard-earned money on it.

With either 8GB or 16GB of storage inside alongside the MicroSD slot, and all run by a 1GHz ARM processor and 1GB RAM, the Kogan stacks up pretty well spec wise.

Kogan Agora tablet back

From front on, the Agora's 10-inch screen is deceptively simple. The front of the tablet is barren of buttons, with the 2cm bezel surrounding the screen only interrupted by a tiny 0.3MP camera in the top left hand corner. In fact, the front of the tablet is so plain that if it weren't for the camera, it would be impossible to tell which way was up.

Turn the tablet over, and it's a completely different story. The back is littered with descriptions for the bevy of ports littering the top and left hand side of the device. The standard volume rocker is partnered with a small physical back button on the side, while the top of the device comprises of six different holes, allowing you to plug in things like headphones, micro USB cables, MicroSD cards, Micro HDMI cables and 5V DC power plugs.

Interestingly, there are two micro USB ports on the device. One connects to your PC and charges the device, while the other offers a connection to USB storage via an included adapter

There's a pin-hole hard reset button on the back of the device, stereo speakers and a 2MP rear camera, without flash. And just in case you forget, Kogan's logo adorns the back as well, a testament to your quest for a bargain, if you will.

Side on Agora

At 545 grams, the Agora tablet feels pretty good in the hand, with the tapered edges making it easy to pick up and giving the impression that it's thinner than its 9.8mm. It feels nice and solid, right up until the point you squeeze the front and the back together a little bit and you feel the flexibility in the back. It feels like there's a bit of extra space inside the device, and undermines the perception of a solid build quality.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
HDMIYes
Product FamilyAgora
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameKogan
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.4 cm (10")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)545 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Height9.8 mm
Width243 mm
Depth190 mm
Screen ModeXGA
ManufacturerKogan Technologies UK Pty, Ltd
Product ModelKUTBL10A16D
Product NameAgora 10" 16GB Tablet
Product LineAgora
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberKUTBL10A16D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kogan.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe Kogan Agora 10" Tablet PC is perfect for anyone who wants to experience Android on a large, bright, and responsive multi-touch screen with illuminated soft-keys, while maintaining the portability thousands of happy customers have loved in the Kogan Agora Tablet Series.

A range of inputs, outputs and connection options, as well as access to thousands of apps & games Google Play make this a great entertainment and productivity device. Want a larger on-screen keyboard? This is your tablet!
Package Contents
  • Agora 10" 16GB Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Micro USB to USB adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year