Kogan Agora Pro Android Smartphone Preview

Kogan Agora what? True enough, I’m pretty sure you haven’t heard of this little-known tech outfit. In actuality, Kogan is manufacturing firm based in the Land Down Under, Australia whose claim to fame is that they are the first manufacturer that was able to come up with a laptop the runs Chrome OS from Google in the form of the Kogan Agora Chromium Laptop.
In fact, Kogan even beat Samsung and Acer to the punch in launching the world’s first Chrome OS-running laptop. Their claim to fame however ends there because the Agora Chromium Laptop is severely undernourished in terms of specs, so fortunately for the two giant manufacturers it was as if no Kogan Agora Chromium laptop was ever released.
Before the company dabbled in the Chrome OS race, it had its roots firmly planted on the Android platform. In fact, they are the first manufacturer to come up and release an Android-powered handset in Australia in the form of the Kogan Agora Pro.
Boasting of rock bottom prices at no complicated contract that enables a buyer to use the handset with any mobile service provider, the Kogan Agora Pro brings a whiff of Android to the Aussie masses with the right and balanced combination of specs and price.
What makes up the Kogan Agora Pro? What can it offer? What kind of specs does it bring to the table? Read on to get more acquainted with the Kogan Agora Pro.
Design and construction
The Agora Pro is your typical smartphone with a candybar form factor and packs a full physical QWERTY keyboard. Slightly reminiscent of the vintage Samsung Blackjack, the Agora Pro measures 108 x 64 x 14.8 mm and tips the scales at 130 grams.
For a smartphone, the Agora Pro is unbelievably cheap. It doesn’t even come to half the price of the cheapest superphone we usually see in the shelves. It’s price might be cheap but build quality is definitely not.
Though made mostly from plastic, one could already expect that the Agora Pro would be a cheap-looking and cheap-feeling mobile device. Sorry to disappoint but the Agora Pro actually packs a solidly-built feel to it that we usually encounter among higher-priced smartphones.
Add to the fact that it has a full QWERTY keyboard right below its display and the Agora Pro has something better compared to full touchscreen phones. Some people just couldn’t get the hang of those touchscreens and for them, the Agora Pro will definitely be a breath of fresh air.

Under the hood
Again, let me reiterate that the Agora Pro is cheap only when it comes to its price point. The components under its hood, though not branded like the ones in superphones today, are also capable and can rival the midrange and upper midrange category of smartphones today.
It packs a generic processor to provide power to its operation and the said processor has a clock speed of 624 MHz. RAM is a bit measly at only 128 MB and no dedicated GPU can be found in the Agora Pro.
Storage space comes in the form of 256 MB of internal memory but don’t be deterred in taking a second look at it because the Agora Pro has a dedicated microSD card slot for memory expansion.
Obviously, some of the components under the hood got skimped on but still, the Agora Pro still has some stuff to offer.
The display
Display-wise, the Agora Pro is not able to pack that big-ass of a display even if it wants to owing to the fact that the display shares space in the handset’s front panel with the full QWERTY keyboard. It’s display only measures 2.5 inches in its diagonal and is a TFT LCD touchscreen display which sad to say is still resistive and not capacitive.
In addition to that, the display only has a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 resolution and only packs 262K colors. Think of its display specs as something closely similar to the BlackBerry Curve 8520, a phone that isn’t as bad as most BerryHeads think.
The shooter
At the time of its release, the dual camera configuration isn’t that popular yet so it was expected of the Agora Pro to only have one shooter in the form of its rear-facing 2-megapixel snapper that is also capable of video capture. At least.
Battery life
The Agora Pro packs a 1300 mAh power pack and the company is confident enough to claim that the battery will be able to supply juice to the handset for it to last up to 7 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby time.
The bottom line
The Kogan Agora Pro may be the first Android smartphone to conquer the shores of Australia and I can only hope that the Aussies are not as discerning or critical of their mobile phones like other people. If this is the overall sentiment in the Land Down Under, then the Kogan Agora Pro has a chance of surviving the capricious market forces it will be subjected to.

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