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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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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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.