Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Kogan Agora 10 inch Tablet : A user review

Recently purchased a two month old Kogan Agora Tablet powered by a 1, GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8, running an Android 4.0.4 ICS. It has 16 GB storage expandable to 32 GB, a sleek 10 inch screen with a 1024x768  LCD display, weighs 600gms  and is about 12 mm thick. Priced at less than $200 ( I got it for less than $150 off eBay), it is an excellent entry level device into the world of tablet computing. 
My requirements were modest at best. I needed a tablet that could play some kiddie games for my 2 year old, browse the net and handle some rough treatment at the hands of my 2 year old. Suffice to say the tablet so far meets all my requirements.
On the plus side, it has a sleek look, is light and easy to hold and use. The pinch and zoom feature that has been maligned in several reviews, worked well for me. Simple games like Talking Tom work well and give an indication of how well the microphone and the speakers work. 
On the negative side, the twin cameras produce disappointing results as compared to the photos taken by the Samsung tablets and multi-tasking is definitely not one of the tablet's strong features. Even loading two sites at the same time can make the device slow and unresponsive but with the latest models offering a dual core processor this problem could well be a thing of the past.
Even with its relative slow performance, if I went back and evaluated it against my original requirement of acquiring an entry level tablet device which is fully functional, it is a great buy and yes I won't feel bad at all if my 2 year old accidentally breaks it.
Finally, a handy tip, get yourself a leather case and a screen protector if you intend to share the device with your kids and if still unsure have a read of this review  and perhaps this one (for more technical comparisons) from June 2012, which benchmarks the Tablet running Android 4.0.3 ICS (the previous version to the one I have installed).

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