Is this the next Android Phone?

Posted by Chris Leckness on Dec 03, 2008

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  AgoraThe boys at Engadget have just posted about this new Android-based phone.

The Agora (AU$299; US$192) and Agora Pro (AU$399; US$256) are available for pre-order as we speak, though neither one is scheduled to ship out until the end of January. As for specs, the Agora packs a 2.5-inch touchscreen (320 x 240), 3G networking, a backlit QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and a microSD card slot; the Pro adds in GPS, 2-megapixel camera and WiFi. So, with unsubsidized prices this low, are you willing to take a chance?

I have never heard of this company before but it is apparently a well-known, reputable company.  If this really comes to market (sheesh!  I’m so jaded!) it will be a welcome addition.  Looks like a pretty darn good deal to me!

It’s actually nice to see that the next potential (there’s that untrusting side of me again!) Android phone could be in a Blackberry-esk design. At this price point though, it makes you wonder why the G1 from Google was so expensive!

Source: Engadget

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Chris Leckness is a Microsoft MVP, Mobile Devices and a member of the exclusive focus group, Mobius. Chris has been a big time supporter/user of Windows Mobile since the Dell Axim days when it was Pocket PC 2002. Chris loves Zune, but also owns 3 iPhones too. His personal blog is chris.leckness.com.

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  • TOCA

    First thought was low price, due to sub par hardware, but darn it looks like top shelve on all parts. So either it’s made by children in an Indian sweatshop or the housing is made from recykled shopping bags.

    But what a tempting price :)

  • http://www.justanothermobilemonday.com Pedah

    well it’s more likely to be made of tofu and chopsticks!

    ;)

  • http://www.mobilitysite.com Chris Leckness

    Why are we sailing the build quality down the river already? It might surprise us all. :)

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenHumphries Darren Humphries

    While I would love for these to be of a decent quality I can’t see how they could be high quality at this price point. I understand that they don’t have the heavy bottom weight of a development and engineering team to pay, but still, this is a LOW price.

    Still, if the quality was “good enough” I would still most likely call it a good value and would consider it myself. Nothing wrong with having a cheaper build if that is what it takes to get it into the hands of those with tiny paychecks (like myself). ;)

  • Zealot

    At that price, even if the quality were a bit questionable, it might be worth it just to get a cheap platform for playing with the OS.

    Z

  • TOCA

    Well, the price may definately lure some newbies into learning the good life of being a PDA owner, and that is good.

    But we who remembers the Asus n series, knows that performance on paper, build into too cheap hardware is not worth the dough, and will scare some of those newcomers away again, and that is bad.

  • Chris R

    I’ve always had good response from Kogan. I’ve bought a couple of things from them, direct and via eBay. The one time I had problems with a GPS unit, I received excellent aftersales support.

  • Eric

    “If this really comes to market (sheesh! I’m so jaded!) it will be a welcome addition”

    – it pays to be a cynic. The Agora is postponed indefinitely. Too bad, because it looked like a beautiful device.

    http://www.kogan.com.au/blog/2009/jan/16/kogan-agora-be-delayed/

    “One of the potential issues is the screen size and resolution. It seems developers will be creating applications that are a higher resolution than the Agora is currently capable of handling.”

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