I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300

I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300

Summary: I purchased and for the most part enjoy using my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device. According to Engadget it looks like the second Google Android device may be coming soon to Australia from Agora. Ruslan Kogan posted more details on his blog about the Agora and Agora Pro. I placed my order and hope it arrives in January.

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I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300I purchased and for the most part enjoy using my T-Mobile G1 Google Android device. According to Engadget it looks like the second Google Android device may be coming soon to Australia from Agora. Ruslan Kogan posted more details on his blog about the Agora and Agora Pro.

These two devices have a BlackBerry form factor with an integrated front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Specifications include a 320x240 2.5 inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth 2.0, and microSD card slot. The Pro version also adds GPS, WiFi, and a 2 megapixel camera. The prices look incredible at US$192 and US$256, with availability scheduled for 29 January 2009. Specifications show it has support for the 850 MHz UMTS/HSDPA band so it should work with AT&T's 3G network. If not, they have quad-band GSM so it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile. I ordered one and will post a review as soon as it arrives.

Topics: Hardware, Android, Google, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • This looks great!

    I'm awaiting your review, and if it will work with AT&T, then I'm on board!
    EdNetman
  • RE: I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300

    Matthew: phone looks good. Keep me posted on your
    review. My readers may be interested hearing about
    this on simplyg1.
    simplyg1
  • Seems too good to be true?

    If this guy is under $300 un-subsidized by contract,
    then it will be a steal. This guy could make Android
    a real contender. That is once Android support
    Exchange Active Sync. It should, but I can't figure
    out why they have not done that yet. And, no, I don't
    buy into the "google mail only" b.s.
    Narg
  • would AT

    I have an AT&T family plan, and would love to use the Agora phone.

    My son-in-law used to sell cellphones, and tells me that I can't just move my SIM from my Samsung A-707 to another phone (like the Agora) and use it. Is he right?

    Barry
    barryschaeffer
    • yes and no

      So long as the device receiving the sim is unlocked, you should be able to make and receive phone calls. You will need a data plan (unlimited is STRONGLY recommended) for a smartphone.
      igneousquill
    • Yep

      I have a family plan and started out with the Motorola RAZR V3XX...I got tired of that pretty quickly...I got my hands on an HP iPaq 6515 and just moved my sim card over and haven't had any trouble whatsoever...I had unlimited medianet on my motorola but that translates just fine over to the ipaq for unlimited internet...

      On another note, I am so excited about this phone, it is pretty much exactly what I am looking for, hopefully it does work with the 3G connection
      bpedman@...
  • RE: I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300

    the price is just too good to resist, i ordered one yesterday too after reading about the same on gizmodo, hope it doesn't end up getting delayed
    arvindsgulati
  • blackberry form factor? Short memory span.

    The treo was around long before the blackberry, and with a touchscreen no less.

    Phone looks great though. If I weren't married to Sprint, I'd leave Palm's speculative Nova OS along with my Centro in the rear view mirror and not look back.
    crogs
  • RE: I just ordered the Agora Pro Google Android device for less than $300

    This is definitely a better build after G1, I don't really like the design of G1 even though it comes with slide out keyboard.

    But it just looks so clunky and like a "big" guy to me.

    Well, it has not been sold in Singapore yet. But it's always good for me to follow the trend in US, and to update myself, so I have a clearer picture and idea when it finally comes to Singapore.

    I would love to get one Android powered smartphone if it make the moves to Singapore anytime soon. It would be great to own one, I'm not fancy about iPhone, but more on Android phone ;-)

    Yes, 3G/3.5G and Wi-Fi supports, and of course, the Exchange Server supports would be great features to have on the device =)

    Cheers for those of you who get the phone ordered!

    Keep us updated withe the review, I wanna share with some of my friends ;-)

    Regards,
    Jenson
    jensonchew@...