Kogan Agora ICS tablet review

How does Ice Cream Sandwich taste in a bargain tablet?

Kogan Agora 10 inch ICS
Kogan Agora 10 inch ICS tablet

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Despite all the connection options littered across the top of the Agora tablet, Kogan left off one key component: A SIM card slot for 3G connectivity. That said, given the difficulties the tablet had with basic gaming tasks, the processor is probably grateful for the lack of 3G.

Being a vanilla build of Android, the stock browser is naturally competent, automatically using your Google Login to offer shortcuts to all your Google services.

The back of the Kogan Agora ICS

Kogan Agora 10-inch ICS tablet

Pinching and double tapping to zoom work well enough, but aren't as snappy as other, more powerful tablets. But the 10 inch screen displays websites well even without needing to zoom in, which is a nice positive for those looking for a web browsing device.

Without 3G, Kogan has relied on 802.11 b/g/n for its connectivity, and it works, so long as you're within a fairly reasonable distance of the router.

Bluetooth is equally functional, while the ability to connect to a USB drive via an included adapter is a nice touch, and sure to be a useful workaround for anyone frustrated with the 16GB of internal storage. Although the MicroSD card slot also helps in that regard.


The closed case on the back of the Agora means there's no real way to tell how big the embedded battery is without pulling it a part. But we do know that no matter its size, it's not big enough.

Testing the tablet on full brightness running an HD video on a loop, the tablet only gave us three and a half hours worth of playback before demanding a recharge. Given similar sized tablets generally offer at least seven hours, and without 3G connectivity to drag that number down, we were pretty disappointed with the result.

While the tablet itself only comes in 8GB and 16GB versions, the inclusion of both a MicroSD card slot and a USB host port and included adapter make the Agora one of the better options for Android tablets when it comes to storage.

That said, given the empty 16GB unit we reviewed only arrived with 13GB of available storage internally, we can't see why anyone would opt for the 8GB model, especially given the tiny price difference.

Having spent the past decade editing some of Australia's leading technology publications, Nick's passion for the latest gadgetry is matched only by his love of watching Australia beat England in the rugby.