Summary: At $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 the Fire and Nook Tablet in terms of speed. We say spend the extra $20 for one of those two devices.
Pros: Ergonomic design, Wide viewing angles, Fun stats and social features
Cons: Sluggish performance, Outdated Android 2.3 OS, Limited number of apps, Short battery life, Doesn't connect with Google Play
Summary: 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 suited up to take the track: Kobo’s Vox. Kobo itself might have just been acquired by Rakuten , but that isn’t stopping the company from forging on with its own $200 Android tablet.
Pros: Easy to sideload apps, Looks decent from afar, Good selection of books
Cons: Feels cheap, Screen can be unresponsive, Software is sluggish, Much slower than the Fire or Nook Tablet
Excerpt: Some people would have you think that the Kobo Vox is the device of choice if you are looking for an Android tablet that’s good for a little bit of mobile browsing and for a little bit of e-book reading on the go. The Vox is available as part of a larger group of Android tablets that are being positioned as feature-rich e-book readers. How well—or how poorly—does it perform in this regard?
Excerpt: 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 capabilities via an affordable tablet device.
Pros: Cheap, Kobo's modifications make itservices easy to get into
Cons: It's neither the best solution for reading, nor the best for a tablet, battery life is poor, lacks Google certification
Summary: 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.
Pros: Decent image quality, Portable size, Kobo service is simple to use
Summary: Kobo's Vox colour e-reader has made it to Australia ahead of the Kindle Fire, but it doesn't feel ready for market.
Pros: Colour display, Reading Life features are fun, Audio support
Cons: Cheap build, No case included, Can't remove pre-installed apps, Slow, No way to browse the content of your e-reader, Full Android market unavailable, Not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions, Can only add books via the Kobo book store
Summary: Hot on the heels of the Kobo Wireless and the Kobo Touch comes the Kobo Vox – the latest addition to the Canadian brand’s ereader arsenal and another UK exclusive for WH Smith. Read the Kobo Touch review Clearly designed to rival the Amazon Kindle Fire, which has yet to make it to UK shores, the touchscreen-toting Kobo Vox runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), putting it a step behind top spec Honeycomb-flavoured tablets.