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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

They say that the best camera is the one you have on you. The truth is that while taking a photo with a tablet is always an awkward experience, taking photos with the Agora tablet is just disappointing.

With no ability to automatically select your focus target, the Agora tablet requires every subject to be placed firmly in the middle of the shot.

Golden retriever test shot

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Rudimentary exposure and white balance controls give some manual options, although you would honestly be better off heading to the shops and buying a dedicated camera.

Low light shots are noisy and lack detail. With no flash on the back of the tablet, there's no way around that, either.

washed out flower

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Recording video through the camera app offers a similarly disappointing result, with a lack of detail matched by washed out colours and noise in dark situations.

Old tyre chew toy

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That said, the rear camera far surpasses the front-facing 2MP camera. Of course, you shouldn't be using that particular camera for anything other than video calls over Skype, so its lack of prestige performance isn't as big a strike against the tablet as you might think.

Thomas toy in average light

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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