Wow, Logitech and Sony Internet TV with Google TV makers won’t be very happy about this development. A British company has started selling a cheap Android-powered set top box that will turn any flat screen TV into a web-powered media player! Unlike the much more expensive Google TV-branded products from Logitech and Sony Corp. that usually comes with binding service contracts, the Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal is for sale unlocked.
Furthermore, the Kogan Agora requires no complicated set-up or configurations, just connect it to the HDMI port of your TV set and it is instantly transformed into an internet access device! This product ships with Android OS 2.2 so this should proved very familiar to people who already owned phones running the same OS.
The manufacturer solicitously included both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity to the Kogan Agora Internet TV box. You have the option to use either wireless or wired internet connection to it via simple plug ‘n play operation. British buyers may order it now for an affordable price – £103 (~US$170) at http://www.kogan.co.uk/.
Not only will you be able to surf the net but since this is an Android 2.2-powered device, you can download 250,000 paid/free apps and games and play them on your 55-inch TV screen! There’s already a mouse-like remote controller included free but if you add £25 more, you get the Kogan Android Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad. With this add-on, you get a full-function pseudo-computer on your TV!
Watch Youtube, read and write tweets, check Facebook and play online games. Chat with friends on YM or MSN, write emails, bid on eBay or just do read the latest news on CNN.com. The Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal will be also become your ultimate media player too since it has 3 USB 2.0 ports so you can listen to music and watch full HDMI 1080p movies.
The Kogan Agora Internet TV Portal Features and Specs:
- Android 2.2 Operating System
- Android Market with Thousands of Apps & Games (inc. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
- Built in Wi-Fi & Ethernet
- Read & Write emails with the Gmail or Email app
- Supports 1080p Full HD Playback
- 2.4G Wireless Optical Sensor Remote Control
- HDMI® video output (HDMI® Cable Included)
- 3 x USB ports
- 1 x SD Card Slot
- Desktop Widgets inc. Weather, Calendar, Clock, YouTube
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Connectivity
- Media Player – Watch Movies, Listen to Music, Browse Photos
The TV is always the biggest display in your house so if you have poor eyesight like I do, you really ought to buy the Kogan Agora. Reading long lines of web text on it will be a cakewalk on a 40-inch screen.