If you really like the idea of a tablet, but hate the idea of being locked into Apple’s ecosystem, yet don’t have the money for a Honeycomb powered Android tablet, local technology company Kogan has just announced a pair of new affordable Android tablets.
Available in either 8-inch or 10-inch models with a 4:3 aspect ratio, the new Kogan Agora tablets are both running the Gingerbread flavour of Android, which is optimised for phones rather than tablets. That said, both tablets include a 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and integrated webcam and Wi-Fi. 4GB of on board memory is beefed up with a MicroSD slot on each, which is accompanied by HDMI outputs and mini-USB connections.
Aside from the screen size, the 8-inch has a 800 x 600 SVGA resolution, compared to the 10-incher’s 1024 x 768 display.
While the lack of the Honeycomb (or the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system may sway some potential buyers away, the price should swing them right back in – the 8-inch will cost $229 and the 10-inch $269 when they officially launch, but are available to pre-order using Kogan’s LivePrice system for as little as $149 and $189 respectively.
For that price, you could almost buy two and install them in the back seat of your car as long-trip child minders, without damaging your wallet too much…
Price: From $149 (8-inch) and $189 (10-inch)
Nick Broughall is the Australian Editor of TechRadar.com, where he gets to indulge his passion for geekery and the lastest technology. He is also the Editor of EFTM.com.au, where he gets to indulge his passion for manliness, from sampling fine liquor to the joys of growing a beard. It’s a pretty good life, really.