Kogan’s Agora Gets Last Minute Makeover

With just over a month left before the Agora is set to launch, Kogan has taken to making some cosmetic/hardware changes to the phone.  As pointed out by the Engadget guys, there appears to be a little bit of photoshoppery on the Kogan website when you pull up the handset now.  Let’s play a game of spot the differences!

  • The phone appears to be slightly wider.
  • The screen does not appear to be as tall.
  • The home and back buttons scream Blackjack now, instead of just whispering.
  • The directional pad is smaller.
  • Gone are the shortcut keys.
  • The keypad changes a bit, ‘0’ also moves to more natural spot in bottom row.

Of course, this doesn’t mean anything is final, and perhaps the hardware is still being tweaked today.  Either way, the phone looks similar in form to what we saw two weeks ago. We’re looking forward to the 29th of January for the release. The price seems right and the design could be fun, too.

What do you guys think of this handset?  Anyone out there plan on getting it?  Have you already preordered yours.  Talk back in the comments.

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  1. What really turns me off with this phone is the small 320×240 screen, had that been bigger I’d probably buy it, because it looks very beautiful (even more so after this makeover)

  2. If that touchscreen was capacitive with VGA resolution and filled up more of that top half, I would definitely buy it.

  3. This is a user friendly unit !!! (goog411realty) button would be great on the next model.Real estate specific,MLS,and FSBO property search listings.—–A realtor would not leave home with out it !!!!

  4. Too bad the screen size overall took a little hit, but with no resolution change it’s almost a moot point. A bigger keyboard will mean easier typing, and – maybe it’s just me – but the old version of the phone didn’t look like it had a D-pad at all! The center button just looked to be flanked by a pair of utility and “go back” type buttons; either way, this area is an improvement.

    All in all, looks like a change for the better. Also, I doubt it was “photoshoppery” – both images look like excellent CAD renderings, so chances are these came right out of Kogan’s design system. Most likely just snapshots at different points in time, reflecting the evolution of the design – I’m sure there were hundreds of iterations in-between.

  5. Preordered mine, I still think the Pro’s price is a terrific value.

    The layout changed for better; Android has still no use for soft keys, the keyboard looks much more usable now.

    Bonus: looks like it’s got a proper headset port now. Woo-hoo!

  6. Who said it’s too expensive? I paid $292.50 shipped from Australia to the United States, unlocked. That’s expensive? And yes, everyone would love a capacitive screen with VGA, too bad no phone in the world has one.

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