Kobo Vox

The Good 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 access to GetJar for downloading free apps.

The Bad 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 Market.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 5.0
5.7 Overall

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Review

Kobo Vox

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

The objective, unemotional response to it is that it's a middle-of-the-road 7-inch Android tablet that doesn't cost too much got, has OK specs, and a touch of Kobo panache thrown into the interface and the "quilted" back cover that comes in a few different color options.

If you want to be mean about it, you could just say, what's the point? Why bother, Kobo?

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $250
  • Brand KOBO, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Weight 14.2 oz
  • Supported Text Formats EPUB
  • Color Category green
  • Technology TFT active matrix
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