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Kobo Vox

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and performance are generally positive. The screen and value for money are also appreciated, whereas opinions are divided on the reliability. Some have doubts about the build quality and battery.

usability, price, screen, performance, design

battery, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Kobo Vox is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Kobo Vox

 

The Kobo Vox eReader has some interesting social-networking features, but doesn't rise above the competition.

Click to EnlargeAt $179, the Kobo Vox offers a unique reading experience for an affordable price. The display and social networking features are pretty compelling. However, the Vox falls short of the Kindle Fire when it comes to app selection and both...

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Kobo Vox (green)

 

You can look at the Kobo Vox tablet in a couple of different ways.

The $199 Kobo Vox is a relatively affordable Android-based tablet, with a reasonably attractive design, and an expansion slot for more memory beyond its internal 8GB. Kobo's e-reading app and e-book store are integrated into the device and you also get...

Books don't load as quickly as they should, the screen isn't incredibly responsive, the battery life is only OK, and the device ships with what appears to be a proprietary cable for charging and transferring files. There's no access to the full Android...

While it's relatively affordable, the Kobo Vox is a truly unexceptional Android tablet, with nothing to recommend it over the identically priced Kindle Fire.

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Kobo Vox review

 

Kobo has long been happy to position itself as the underdog in the e-reader race, a spin that's based on more than a few grains of truth. After all,

Expandable memory ; Low-cost ; Easy sideloading

Short battery life ; Sluggish performance ; WiFi connectivity issues

The Vox has last-generation hardware and largely uninspiring software. It's a hard sell against the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire.

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Kobo Vox review

 

In the race for the best 7-inch tablet, the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet have zoomed past the competition with sub-$250 price points and well-rounded reading and app selections. But a third competitor with similar tactics has just...

Easy to sideload apps ; Looks decent from afar ; Good selection of books

Feels cheap ; Screen can be unresponsive ; Software is sluggish ; Much slower than the Fire or Nook Tablet

Can Kobo jump into the cheap e-reader / tablet game and catch up to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet?

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Kobo Vox Review: A Social, Multipurpose E-Reader and Tablet

 

The Kobo Vox is a value-priced tablet with a twist. Like its E Ink sibling, the Kobo Touch e-reader, the Vox has a social focus, and places an emphasis on sharing reading experiences. At $200 (as of November 20, 2011), the Kobo Vox is priced the same...

Reading-centric interface tweaks to stock Android ; Well-designed reading interface

Comparatively thick and chunky to hold

Kobo's Android 2.3-based tablet offers a social-reading-focused, value-priced alternative to the big guns.

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Kobo Vox

 

The 7-inch fringe field switching (FFS+) LCD screen is bright and the 1,024-by-600-pixel resolution makes text look clear and crisp. Kobo went with an FFS+ display over in-plane switching (IPS), claiming the former performs better in bright-light...

Bright 1,024-by-600-pixel display. Tracks reading progress and statistics

Unresponsive screen. Sluggish performance. Unpolished OS. Poor battery life for an ebook reader

The price may be right at $199, but the Kobo Vox Android tablet/ebook reader cuts too many corners and falls short of the competition in nearly every way.

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Kobo Vox Review

 

The Kobo Vox is Kobo's first venture into the Android tablet space. The device is very comparable to the hugely successful Nook Color, but one major difference is that Kobo opted to go with an open Android operating system so users can install whatever...

The screen is gorgeous, very bright colors and crisp text with wide viewing angles ; Open Android 2.3 so you can install apps, even competing ereading apps like Kindle and Nook ; Quilted back adds a nice feel ; 8GB of memory and SD card slot provide...

Single core 800MHz processor is faster than expected but is still slower than Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet's dual core processors ; No Google Apps or Android Market without hack ; Software needs polishing, annoying minor bugs, and Kobo's eReading app is...

The Kobo Vox has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Between the excellent screen quality and open operating system, it's better than most budget tablets by a mile.

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Kobo Vox review

 

The Kobo Vox eReader is a 7-inch Android tablet looking to offer the same sort of experience as the Kindle Fire in the US. With the Kindle enjoying successes State-side, Kobo is looking to replicate that, and bring reading and wider multimedia...

Cheap, Kobo's modifications make itservices easy to get into

It's neither the best solution for reading, nor the best for a tablet, battery life is poor, lacks Google certification

Neither a great tablet nor reading device, the biggest selling point for the Kobo Vox is that it is good value for money. A better experience can be found elsewhere, whether it's for reading or for more diverse multimedia pursuits

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Kobo Vox review

 

The Kobo Vox may be cheap, but its poor power makes it awkward and frustrating to use. While we like Kobo's ebook service, we don't like the Vox. We recommend using the Kobo app with a better tablet.

Decent image quality ; Portable size ; Kobo service is simple to use

Very slow performance ; Unresponsive screen

The Kobo Vox may come with a bargain basement price tag, but it cuts some serious corners in terms of power, resulting in a tablet that's often frustrating to use. Its lack of Android app store won't please many.

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Kobo Vox review

 

Kobo has set itself up as the biggest rival to Amazon for eBooks, with its own range of rather good eReaders (such as the Kobo eReader Touch), its own store and even a range of apps so that you can continue reading your books on any device. It's no...

It's not really an eReader, but a cheap Android tablet that suffers from a slow processor and unresponsive touchscreen

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