Kogan Agora 8 Plus 4G LTE (32GB)
- 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
- 5.5” FHD IPS display
- fingerprint scanner
- Android 7.0
- 4G/3G Dual SIM 700 / 850 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
- Octa-core processor
- 4GB RAM
- NFC, Android Pay
- USB 2.0, Type-C
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz)
- no Gorilla so get screen protector
- no BSI for low light photography
- no Fast Charger
- not waterproof
- pretty sure that the Android 7.0 OS is not up-gradable to current cutting edge 8.0
- no Wifi AC or USB 3, probably to do with a deprecated SOC
- forget about VR
- 4K video recording would be nice to have, with slow-mo and time-lapse
My first impressions are:
- This is a power hungry beast, and it rips up whatever charge you have when the screen is on.
- Heavy and thick, especially with the transparent soft case, but should stay confidently in the pants pocket when riding.
- Finger print sensor works as expected
- Android Pay works as expected
- Maps Timeline probably works as expected with good sampling and location accuracy logging
- Google Camera is not compatible, so no 360 capture
You get what you paid for and a bit more. The point of getting this phone rather than a Galaxy 8 was to get some cost resilience against what is only a matter of time. After a series of accidents in the last few years that effectively destroyed a few phones (LG Nexus 4, that had a shattered screen after it flew out of my pocket while riding; Mi 5 that had a 1 foot fall resulting in the glass back cover cracking and getting replaced by a more resilient plastic bamboo back; same Mi 5 failing completely after water damage), I had decided that I could not justly afford to put a thousand dollar phone at risk. The thing about a value phone is that you get 90 percent of everything that you need every day for a bargain price. Said that, I'm not entirely sure if I had made the best choice, because the Missing features are lamented.
Update: 26 Feb 2018
Experiencing wifi connectivity issues at home, where it cannot access the internet after reconnecting. My workaround is: turn aeroplane mode on and off, or rebooting the phone, then it works. It seems to be a common issue with other makes and models. It also presents WiFi Calling Error code ER081 on the notifications panel.
If I had a chance to redo this purchasing decision then I would not get the Agora. Rather would have opted into a Galaxy S8, which at that time was 11 months since release and presented better value for my usage.