Everyday high-valued technology creators try to make their technical products more affordable for people. eReader is just like a tablet that used for browsing, reading and storing e-books for clear view. People have number of choices for selecting eReader or tablet. Recently, one new Kobo Vox eReader has come in the eReader market, which is the cheapest Android tablet introduced by Toronto-based Company “Kobo Inc” on 28 October, 2011. Kobo Vox is the first Android tablet of Kobo Company. The latest device is just like a vastly successful Nook Color. With the use of Kobo, users can install any apps they want without having to hack the device first.
Kobo Vox eReader is packed with 7-inch AFFS+ display. It is relatively reasonable Android-based tablet with attractive design. Kobo’s e-reading apps and e-book store are included in this device. User can read content in full, vibrant color because it is supported with colour touchscreen. It enables users to access more than 2.2 million eBooks, including over 1 million titles at their fingertips. The screen is gorgeous, very bright colors and crisp text with broad viewing angles. It gives excellent screen quality and operating screen at affordable price, which is just $199.99. Kobo comes with 15,000 free apps that all can be downloaded at this device.
The 7-inch FFS+ display tablet is looking like Kindle Fire or BlackBerry Playbook. The display resolution of tablet is 1024 x 600 pixel. The colors are very bright and vivid. User can enjoy crisp text and dynamic display of images and videos on this device. It is created for reading outdoors and features an extra broad wide viewing angle that is ideal for shared reading. The dimension wise it is little smaller compared to playbook and larger compared to Kindle. The high quality display is the key features of the Vox. It makes reading easier with its extra features like 7 font styles, 42 sizes, day and night reading mode, brightness setting and orientation. It is also equipped with some advanced features such as dictionary look-up, annotations, highlighting, automatic last page read bookmark and more. The weight of kobo Vox is just 14.1 ounces, which is less than Playbook and Fire.
Kobo Vox is supported with single core processor. With 800MHz Freescale i.MX51 Cortex-A8 processor, you can handle almost all tasks - web browsing, pinch zooming, scrolling, reading, watching movies and playing music. The one drawback of the tablet is that it does not allow users to play games.
It is packed with 8GB of internal storage, by which you can store around 8,000 books. Users can expand this memory up to 32GB with Micro SD card slot and store up to 40,000 titles. It gives 512MB of RAM. It delivers 7 hours of battery life with Wi-Fi connection. Bluetooth connectivity is not available with this device. Kobo allows user to share passage from their favorite books or display their reading stats with the use of Kobo reading life.
The Kobo Vox is equipped with the stock Android music player, video player, and the Radio app pre-installed. Music player of the device supports all popular audio formats like MP3, MP4, M4A, WAV, OOG, AAC, FLAC, 3GP, and MIDI. Video player of the Kobo Vox supports all video formats and Adobe Flash too. Users cannot download YouTube application, but they can bookmark to the mobile YouTube website, which allows users to access low quality videos. According to the reviewer, YouTube app from over at Android Freeware runs great on the device and provides videos play in HD.
You are also able to load other apps like Pandora, Amazon and B&N. The main feature of the tablet is its Android operating system. Most popular apps like face book can be downloaded. It stores over 15000 hot music and videos. It allows users to access 2.2 million eBooks. You can download 4200 magazines and 2000 newspapers in PDF Format with the help of pre-loaded apps like PressReader and Zinio. You can install best reading app that you want like Kindle and Nook.
One unique thing about Vox is that it has been packed with three capacitive Android buttons below the screen for Home, Back, and Menu. Backside part is situated with white light that illuminate them whenever the device is curved on. The sides of the device are available in four-color choices including blue, green, black and pink. Speaker of the device is fixed on the top-right side corner.
The device is packed with Welcome Guide, USB cable, Power adaptor and Kobo Vox™ eReader. It contains gift of 12 Magazines, 7 newspapers and 3 glossy color books to get you started.
Overall, the Kobo Vox is best for reading e-books. The main attraction about the Kobo Vox is its numerous e-books offering and android operating system; otherwise, it is packed with single core processor and poor screen. The price of the device is very cheap but it is not enough to make up for its many faults. It gives the facility to browse the web, check mail, watch videos, and listen to audio books. Reading from an LCD-backlit screen for long period is not perfect when compared with E Ink. The lack of Android Market support on the tablet side is main drawback of the device. It allows users to keep in touch with friends, full featured email, video player and games with its more than 15,000 FREE Android apps.
Kobo Vox specifications:
- 7-inch FFS+ multi-touch screen +/- 89 viewing angle
- 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
- Open Android 2.3 operating system
- 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
- 8GB storage with 512MB RAM
- MicroSD memory card slot for cards up to 32GB
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Home, Back, and Menu touch sensor buttons
- 2.2 million ebooks through Kobo
- Facebook integration, comments, reading awards
- Press Reader and Zinio apps pre-installed for periodicals
- GetJar Apps 15k apps
- Apps included: web browser, email, dictionary, picture gallery, video player, music player, contacts, calendar, calculator, scrabble, and more.
- 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 built-in speaker
- Battery Life: 7 hours
- Weight: 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions: 7.6" x 5" x 0.53"
- Micro USB 2.0 port
Kobo Vox Hands-on and Review video from youtube:
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