At its price point, the Kogan Agora is fair value, but it struggles to stand out in any real way, and as a result, it's worth considering your options in this price range.
- Large display screen
- Fair design
- Fingerprint sensor
- Dual SIM
- Stuttering touch response
- Poor battery life for such a large phone
- Ordinary camera
The Kogan Agora 8 Plus isn't fancy or expensive, but it ultimately has little that really stands out, even in the budget space.
Kogan came into the Australian market with low-priced TVs that promised the features that the established brands offered at a fraction of the price, thanks to dealing directly with numerous Chinese factories. Since that time, the company has expanded into everything from mobile phone services to travel, insurance and even groceries, as well as direct importation of a number of brand name headsets.
That's why Kogan is always part of our weekly bargain phone round-ups, but it has also dabbled in its own branded Android handsets.
My reviewing experience of Kogan branded equipment has always seemed to fall into one of two buckets. Some Kogan electronic equipment has offered superb value for money, but about the same quantity has simply been cheap and rife with flaws. It's been something of a guessing game, in other words.
As such, I approached the Kogan Agora 8 Plus with a little trepidation, unsure which way it would fall. It's also worth noting that I only had the handset to test for five days, which is less time than I'd typically like to review a handset.
- More style than your typical budget smartphone
- 1080p display is an attractive inclusion at this price point
- Slow focus speed leads to a lot of blurry photos
- Decent shots are possible, but only if you have plenty of patience
- 4GB of RAM is more than most budget smartphones offer
- Frequent stutters when typing can get frustrating
- Battery drains quickly despite the low-power hardware
- Even light users will likely struggle to get a full day out of a single charge
- A solid yet unremarkable smartphone for folks on a budget
Pricing and availability
Kogan Agora 8 Plus
A budget phone that doesn't cheap out on features
A sleek design, a full HD display and an eight-core processor make the Kogan Agora 8 Plus a solid addition to the budget smartphone space.
- The Kogan Agora 8 Plus is available direct from Kogan for $269 outright.
Kogan Agora 8 Plus specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||401|
|Rear camera megapixels||13MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||N/A|
|Front camera megapixels||8MP|
|Front camera aperture size||N/A|
|Dimensions||155mm x 77mm x 9mm|
|Network category speed||N/A|
|Operating system||Android 7|
|External storage support||Up to 128GB|
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