Kobo Vox review reveals a decent tablet but still trails Kindle Fire and Nook

This Kobo Vox review takes a closer look at the recently released Kobo Vox eReader Tablet PC. The manufacturer is the Kobo Company, or kobobooks.com, which is located in Ontario, Canada and is owned by the Toronto based Indigo Books and Music.


It is a globally oriented eBook retailing enterprise that offers not only eBooks, but also music downloads and other eContent. The Kobo Inc. has previous experience with similar devices, their wireless eReader and Kobo Touch being the predecessors of the new Kobo Vox.

Kobo made a name for themselves for their very affordable eBook readers, the dedication to improvement of their development staff, but also for rushing the product a bit too fast. Nevertheless, Kobo made even with the Vox the questionable feat successful by pricing the Kobo Vox even below the Amazon Kindle Fire, but only in Canada.

Kobo Vox overview

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In a Kobo Vox review simply rattling down the technical specifications would give a potential user barely any incentive to purchase a device, even if it is low-priced, even if the reader is technically savvy and would understand the GHz and the RAM. Nevertheless, the hardware behind the touchscreen is propelling the devices and it is important to know how the device behaves when put to proper or even excessive use. The main point of concern should be the 800 MHz processor and the 512 MB of RAM. While the direct competition is not faring much better with the hardware, they do offer at least the 1 GHz processor, the Texas Instruments OMAP 4 with the dual-core. The difference between the performance of the Kobo Vox and the two direct competitors, the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire, even with Kindle’s 512 MB RAM, is staggering.

The multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 is fair and good enough for the designated use. Seriously speaking you will not be watching a 1080p movie on this tablet. Running the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the Kobo Vox is not really on the edge of available technology, but also not very far from it. The 8 GB internal storage can be easily expanded with the integrated memory expansion slot, up to 32 GB of additional SD storage are available. For connectivity there is Wi-Fi and micro-USB. The tablet looks nice, design is way better than many cheap tablets available, but not as nice as the Nook. The battery is a seven hour uninterrupted use battery, which is not much, but it is depending on how you use the device, much touchscreen browsing and Wi-Fi using lowers the duration, while simple reading of a stored eBook or eMagazine and listening to an mp3 last longer. 

Kobo Vox review from the eReader viewpoint

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This Kobo Vox review regroups here and provides a new view to the Kobo Vox tablet, as seen from the perspective of the manufacturer and the prospective user. It is clear that the Kobo Vox is not meant to be the ultimate iPad 2 challenger. The basic idea behind all three of such eReader and tablet combination devices is simple: This is an eReader that can also do some, if not all tablet activities, limited only by software or hardware provisions. While concessions needed to be made, for instance there is no E ink® technology implemented, hence eBook reading is less fun, but it is in full color, allowing enjoyable reading of any full color material.

Additionally, not only audiobooks can be enjoyed, but also any kind of downloadable content, including pictures, videos, movies and also games and applications that are compatible with the Android operating platform can be enjoyed with little or no inhibition. Yes, the Kobo Vox has limited RAM and also the processor is not the latest incarnation of some hoity-toity manufacturing industry behemoth, but it can do most of the tasks you put it to and can do it better than most smartphones, except phoning of course, with a larger screen to boot and the phones cost quite a bit more, actually with similar performance capabilities. 

Why Kobo Vox and not Kindle Fire or Nook

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During the testing and examining phase of this Kobo Vox review it became obvious that the Kobo Vox is almost in the middle between the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, if you disregard the slower processor. It has 8 GB of internal storage, like the Kindle Fire, but has expansion capabilities up to 32 GB, like the Nook Tablet. It has 512 MB RAM like the Kindle Fire, but has a display resolution that is identical to the competition. It has a very big advantage towards the Amazon Kindle, namely it can boot from an adapted SD ROM Android operating system, therewith opening the tablet to an unrestricted use without voiding the warranty and without the necessity to root the system and lose the advantages of direct purchases and offers from the home base at Kobo. That being said, the Android version on Kobo Vox is not really restricted much, only some applications cannot be uninstalled, which may be perceived as a nuisance.

One other fact needs to be mentioned in connection with Kobo and Kobo Vox in particular. The support staff and all associated departments are top of the line and helpful as much as humanely possible. Whatever problems may occur with the Kobo device or any of their services, the support staff will work day and night until they have fixed it, more to the point, the Kobo Vox itself has already experienced several major updates significantly improving the device. The staff at Kobo really listens to the grievances of their customers and they make sure that all their users are happy with their purchases. In that manner, Kobo has something no other competing provider has, at least not to that extent, a customer care that truly cares about customers.

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