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Kogan Agora - Camera, Apps and Multimedia, Battery Life, Verdict

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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Kogan Agora - Camera

The Kogan Agora features both front and rear facing cameras, which means it can be used for video calling as well as taking snapshots with. The rear camera has a 5-megapixel sensor, but the results that it produces aren't great.

In a lot of shots colours tend to look over egged, especially if there's a dominant colour in the frame. For example, with the photo of the red postbox in our example photos on the next page, the red of the postbox seemed to cause the camera to oversaturate the orangey hues on the brick work behind it. Oddly, in some other shots colours can look quite washed out.

The camera does sport autofocus and it can produce some depth of field in shots. However, sharpness and detail tend to look overly soft on the whole. It's not wonderful in low light either, as despite the presence of an LED flash shots tend to look pretty dark and noisy.

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That said, the camera app is the standard Android one, so there are plenty of extra options, including Sepia, Aqua and Blackboard effects, as well as a HDR mode and a Panorama mode.

Kogan Agora - Apps and Multimedia

With only 4GB of built-in storage space, there isn't a huge amount of space for storing your own apps and files. Thankfully, the memory is expandable via the microSD card slot that's hidden beneath the battery cover.

For music playback the handset uses the native Android music player. It's slick and quick to use, allowing you to create playlists on the go and, as you would expect, it also displays album art when you're playing back tracks. The supplied headphones are poor as they sound very boxy, but audio quality from the headphone jack is pretty good when you swap to a better set of cans.

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There's also an onboard video player that worked fine with standard definition video files and played 720p HD MKV videos reasonably smoothly too.

As the phone has the Google Play apps store onboard you naturally have access to thousands of high quality downloadable apps, which is a major boon compared to similarly priced feature phones like Nokia's Asha range.

Kogan Agora - Connectivity and Battery Life

When it comes to connectivity, the Agora offers the basics but not much else. Granted the dual SIM feature will be useful to some, but elsewhere while you get 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth support, it lacks extras such as 4G and NFC capabilities. That's to be expected at this price point, though.

One issue we did notice was that it's Wi-Fi reception was a bit weak, and tended to drop the connection more often than other phones in areas where other handsets didn't have a problem with Wi-Fi signal strength.

A big 5-inch screen is always going to suck a lot of life from a battery, but sensibly Kogan has used a larger than usual 2000mAh battery. The phone's battery life is still not amazing, but you will get about a full day out of it for a normal stuff such as a mixture of calls, browsing and emails. However, if you use it for gaming or watching videos expect that battery life to drop off pretty significantly.


In many ways the Agora really is a bargain handset. You get pretty speedy performance from its dual-core processor, it's got half decent battery life and its call quality is pretty good too. However, the sheer size of the thing will put many people off, especially as the larger screen doesn't offer a boost in resolution over smaller budget handsets. Nevertheless, there's no denying that despite a few quirks it represents very, very good value for money.

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April 5, 2013, 7:33 am

could we see some like for like comparison shots of this phone next to the Galaxy Note 1 please. They look near identical, cosmetically.


April 5, 2013, 12:58 pm

I've had this for a month now and am quite happy with it. Reasonably quick, and I don't get the WiFi issues mentioned here.
As an ageing gent ;-) with slowly failing eyes, I actually bought it for the big Low Res (by todays standards) screen as I can see the larger text in emergencies without my glasses!
It's a perfectly sevicable phone and looks more expensive than it is.

Kerrie T

April 14, 2013, 3:16 am

Would not recommend buying this phone. As soon as it came out of the box the screen had a bubble effect when touched. Kogan do not sell a case for the phone, which you need as the phone is very flimsy. The phone lasted about 2 and half weeks from purchase. The screen totally stopped working. Sent back on warranty and was told I have to pay them $38 postage to get the phone back and said the fault was user damage. The phone was unfixable. They said they were being very generous about waiving the technician fees.

John Ogilvie

June 12, 2013, 6:44 am

I'm very happy with my Kogan Agora smartphone and the Kogan network that I've chosen to go with. I'm going to get one for my wife now as well. It's actually better than I thought it would be. I like the screen because it's not highly polished like some are these days and are too subject to reflection. It's quick enough and I'm used to using an iPad on our home Wifi so this compares OK. I bought the 5 year warranty so I'm comfortable. The dedicated case is good enough but the binding around the edge started to come off after a week.

kalyani netalam

October 14, 2013, 6:23 am

please don't decide to buy agoramobile
its battery is too worst
I'm not happy with this mobile


December 20, 2013, 2:55 am

I bought a Kogan Agora mobile phone earlier this year,
and it worked a treat for a week then wouldn’t allow me to receive or make calls.
With my employment being in the health sector, communication is vital.

I sent the phone back to Kogan, to the credit of Kogan, they
e-mailed me and told me what had to be done in order for a refund, instead I
thought I’d get another one, only to find after a few months it did the same
thing, again with communication being a vital part of my employment, my
decision was to purchase a proven product, which is exactly what I did, it did
cost a great deal more, however, I haven’t had a communication problem since.

The old adage “YOU GET
WHAT YOU PAY FOR” rings true where this product is concerned.

If your personal / professional life relies on reliable
communication, my advise is “DON’T TOUCH
THIS COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCT WITH A BARGE POLE” somewhere along the line you will unfortunately regret it.

So, what happened to my second Agora, I can tell you that I
never sent it back, I placed in the drive way and drove the 4x4 Landcruiser over it … “OH WHAT A FEELING”

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