Kogan Agora 4G vs Lumia 635 vs Moto G 4G: The fight for budget 4G supremacy

While the Kogan Agora 4G doesn't quite hold up in terms of value against the flagship phones it is being pitted against, it's a different story when it comes to its budget 4G competitors. Enter the Nokia Lumia 635 and the Moto G 4G. These two devices are among the cheapest 4G smartphones on the market, priced at $279 and $299 respectively.

By Alex Choros

While the Kogan Agora 4G doesn't quite hold up in terms of value against the flagship phones it is being pitted against, it's a different story when it comes to its budget 4G competitors. Enter the Nokia Lumia 635 and the Moto G 4G. These two devices are among the cheapest 4G smartphones on the market, priced at $279 and $299 respectively.

To get these phones down to such a low price point, compromises have to be made, and first impressions suggest the Agora 4G makes the least compromises out of the group. With a 5-inch screen, it eclipses both the Lumia 635 and the Moto G 4G's 4.5-inch displays. And while the trio share a Snapdragon 1.2Ghz 400 processor, the Agora 4G looks best from a specifications perspective.

The Lumia 635 makes a compromise on RAM, featuring only 512 megabytes, whereas the others boast a whole gigabyte. It doesn't have a front-facing camera or a flash, and it's screen resolution is limited to 480p. Despite these shortcomings, the Lumia 635 feels like a higher quality phone, with a build almost on par with the iPhone 5c. And while the Lumia 635's camera has a couple less megapixels than the Agora 4G, photo quality is much higher. 99% of Windows Phone apps and games are compatible with devices with only 512 megabytes of RAM, making memory a moot point too.

The Moto G 4G is the most expensive of the group but quite a well-rounded device. While the screen is smaller in comparison to Kogan's offering, it's the same resolution. This means the display has a much sharper look to it. The smaller form factor combined with some good design make the Moto G 4G a very comfortable phone to use.

While the Agora 4G is the best value of these three phones, it's certainly worth taking a look at the other two if you're in the market for a budget smartphone.

UPDATE: For our comprehensive review of the Agora 4G, click here

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