Australian based Kogan just put on sale today their new Kogan Agora 7 inch Google Android Tablet. The sales were very brisk and was sold out in a matter of 1 day! Normally that would be good! The problem is Kogan admitted that the resolution marketed with the device was wrong! This was spurned a high degree of returns and a number of irate customers. The second batch of units are set to ship May 31st 2011.
The new Kogan Agora tablet features a 7 inch full color Capacitive touchscreen display. The resolution is subject to much controversy, it started with 1024×600 but since has fallen to 800×480. It is running a bit outdated version of Google Android with 2.2. You will be able to connect up to the internet via WIFI only to get your email and web browsing on.
You will not be able to view total HD with this device, but you will be able to get around 720 P in quality. It also comes with an HDMI port, so you can hook the tablet right up to your TV or media console. Speaking of connectors it also features 1 USB 2.0 port and a Micro SD slot to boost the internal memory.
No word yet if this will have access to the Google Market, but Kogan does hype that fact it has a Youtube and Gmail programs.
Many Australians are up in arms about the new tablet offering from Kogan and with good measure. It is running an outdated version of Google Android and the fact that it does not run 1080 P or have better resolution is irking many geeks on the other side of the pond. For a rather large company like Kogan to totally screw up the resolution saying its one thing, and retracting it for the worse is maddening. The one saving grace of this new offering is that the price is very low at $139.00. For sure this tablet may not set any benchmark tests on fire, but for a super low end tablet it may be worth it.
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