Kobo Inc. has jumped into the low-priced e-reader/tablet market with a wonderful device, called Kobo Vox, which will catch up with Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. But Vox is not proficient enough both in tech specs and features when compared with its chief competitors Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
The Kobo tablet is powered by a moderate 800MHz single core processor and 512MB of RAM. However, the device features a clean version of Android 2.3 and it has access to more than 15,000 free Android apps. But its price tag is $199; it is for the same price Amazon sells its more feature-rich Kindle Fire. Kobo Vox can be included in the top inexpensive 7-inch tablets. Here is a detailed look into the tech specs and features of Kobo Vox.
Kobo Vox tech specs
Dimensions: Kobo Vox has the dimensions of 5 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches. The 7-inch is fairly slighter with its small size and body.
Weight: 14.2 oz
Display: The Kobo tablet is up with a 7-inch color AFFS+ TFT active matrix touchscreen display with 1024 x 600 resolution. It is now one of the latest members to the 7-inch tablet market that got flourished with products like Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Nook Tablet and many others.
Processor: Kobo Vox is powered by an 800 MHz single core processor. All its competitors like Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have dual core processors, at the same time.
RAM: 512MB of RAM
Software: Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet also have Gingerbread as the firmware.
Storage: Like Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox is with an 8GB on-board storage. The device also has microSD and microSDHC slots. You can add an additional memory stick of 32GB.
Camera: No cameras are there with Vox. The device is mainly meant for eReading rather than anything. You won’t be able to take images and video-chat with friends on Kobo Vox.
Supported Formats: Audio: AAC, WAV, OGG, FLAC, MP3 and MIDI; video: MPEG-4 and 3GP and image PNG, JPEG, BMP and GIF.
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.
Ports: one USB port.
Battery: 7 hours video playback.
What makes it special
Kobo Vox is yet another brilliant eReader plus tablet PC. The device was launched by Kobo Inc. in reply to Amazon’s tablet PC Kindle Fire. The device is predominantly meant for eReading, film watching and image surfing. Via Kobo bookstore, you can access thousands of eBooks, magazines and news papers. Reading becomes a stunning experience on a device with small size and slight body. Kobo Vox is special with the following features.
7-inch display: The 7-inch tablet market is abuzz with several wonderful products. Kobo Vox also joins the battle with products like Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and many others. eReading and web surfing on a 7-inch device will be an exalted experience. Kobo Vox’s screen is also spectacular with better clarity and colors.
MicroSD slot: Besides 8GB built-in storage, Kobo Vox features a microSD slot that can support 32GB external memory. It is a feature that Kindle Fire lacks.
Kobo library: Kobo bookstore is with millions of eBooks and magazines. A reader will have no dearth of books on the tablet.
Low price: Kobo Vox is one of low-priced tablets on stores today. Along with Kindle Fire, Vox is also priced at $199.
No powerful processor: Kobo Vox sports an 800MHz single core processor when all its competitors are with dual core processors.
No Netflix or YouTube: Unlike Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, Kobo Vox is without Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora and other similar services. The device is mainly for eReading.
Low battery life: Being an eReader, Kobo Vox could have better battery life. 7 hours video playback is not enough for an eReader.
Price and availability
Kobo Vox comes with a price tag of $199. The device was released in October 2011 and it is available in Ice Blue, Jet Black trim, Hot Pink and Lime Green colors.
What others say
According to The Verge’s reviewer Joanna Stern, Kobo Vox is a moderate tablet,
“The company has consistently been the underdog in the e-reader race and it has always been overshadowed by larger competitors. But most of the time I felt badly for myself as I consistently waited for books to load, pages to turn, and the screen to register my taps.”
Kobo Vox is certainly an underdog in the growing 7-inch tablet market. With less competitive tech specs and features, the tablet from Kobo is not a perfect product. It can not raise any threat to both Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, also two tablet conversions of eReaders respectively Kindle eReader and Nook Color.