Kogan Agora 7in Tablet PC review

Kogan Agora 7in Tablet PC review

Clearly compromised, but for this price the Kogan is a remarkable bargain.

Price: $199
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The Kogan Agora may not be the cheapest budget tablet around, but its feature count helps to justify its slightly higher price tag.

Build quality is surprisingly solid, but the hardware and Android 2.3 OS are mismatched. There should be Back, Home, Menu and Search buttons below the screen but instead you get an unmarked circular Back button, while what was clearly intended as a volume control has been reassigned to Home and Menu duties. That leaves no hardware volume controls, meaning you have to exit an app and restart it to change volume.

Kogan Agora 7in tablet review

Unlike some bargain tablets, the Kogan has a capacitive rather than resistive screen, so it can handle multi-touch gestures. It’s not the most responsive though, and the display is poor: low resolution, lacking brightness with a drab colourcast and limited viewing angles. But ultimately it’s sufficient for handheld browsing, gaming and video playback.

Android apps

The Kogan’s access to the Android Market is crucial, and not to be assumed at this level. Just browsing it is entertainment in itself, even if much of what you find is of questionable quality. If value is high on your list you’ll be pleased with the Android Market’s bias towards free apps, most of which will work fine on the Kogan.

A generous array of connections lets you hook up the tablet to a TV via HDMI for 720p playback, and there’s a microSD card slot for expanding the storage and shuffling files around. That’s more than you’d get on most high-end tablets. There’s a single, front-facing camera that takes pictures along with video that looks and sounds like undercover recordings.

Kogan Agora 7in tablet review

Flash support

Processing power is just about sufficient to keep things running at acceptable rates. Browsing benefits from decent Wi-Fi reception and Flash video support. Scrolling and zooming around pages can be sluggish but it’s certainly not the worst we’ve seen. Most games and apps work well enough and the iPlayer app just about keeps up.

The Kogan Agora 7in Tablet PC can only be purchased directly through Kogan. Click here to order. 

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Comments: 6
27 September 2011
So let me get this straight. The hardware and software are mismatched. You have to exit an app to change the volume. The screen is not that responsive and it's resolution is poor and it lacks brightness and has drab colors and limited viewing angles. Access to the Android App store cannot be assumed and what you find there may be of questionable quality. Captured video looks like undercover recordings. Browsing and scrolling is sluggish and the iPlayer app just keeps up. And you gave it 4 out of 6 stars?

I'm trying to work out what is more embarrassing: the score or the tablet. Please don't spoil your integrity with such generosity. Please send tablets like this to the bottomless pit where they came from.

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Clearly compromised, but for this price the Kogan is a remarkable bargain.

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27 September 2011
Sounds perfect, where can i get one! :)
28 September 2011
I seem to remember getting slagged by certain Android fan Boys for calling this what it obviously is - Cheap Crap.

That was obvious even from the original pre-release info. This very generous review confirms that.

Come on PC&T_ (I struggle to call you any sort of Authority as in the A) an honest review would not have pulled all the punches and would have called it as it is - Not worth wasting your money on.
6 October 2011
You two ... get five each, you know you want to :)
9 October 2011
It's so easy to slag this tablet off when you've not used it, and yet those of us who have one think they are excellent value for the money.

There is nothing I want to do on the machine that I can't do! I surf happily, write/receive emails, I even bought my wife a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet on it (nobody could claim the Kogan as a business machine). :)

We now have two. The wife no longer needs hers so it'll be passed down to my daughter for her to use in school.

Remember that 'inexpensive' doesn't mean it's 'cheap'. As always the point is it *works*. What more do you want? :)
30 November 2011
Build quality is too good but after watching the price tag you would say no to this one because it has high prices which everybody can't afford. It has capacitive screen rather resistor screen so it will support more gestures.
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