Kobo Enters The Tablet Wars With Vox

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Kobo Announces New Tablet, The Vox

Kobo has entered the tablet wars with their announcement of the Vox, a web-enabled device that's being positioned as a rival to the Kindle Fire

The Vox will retail for $199.99, and here are the specs: 

  • 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and an anti-glare coating
  • 8 gigabytes of internal storage, with a microSD slot that can handle up to 32 gigabyte cards
  • An 800-megahertz processor and 512 megabytes of RAM
  • Wi-fi only
  • Runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Access to the Android Market for apps

So it has less processing power than the Fire, but it does offer access to the Android Market, and a little more flexibility for storage (the Fire is locked into 8 gigabytes and will rely on Amazon's cloud technology for storing data).

The Vox is coming out Oct. 28, a few weeks ahead of the Fire. But while the Fire was lauded as a worthy (albeit less powerful) competitor to the iPad when it was announced last month, the Vox hasn't made nearly as big a splash, despite boasting similar features. Clearly Amazon has a bigger reach for marketing, but I imagine the execs at Kobo are kicking themselves for not announcing their tablet first. 

If you're in the market for a web-enabled eReader, this could be a good alternative for people who don't want to tie themselves to the proprietary systems of Apple and Amazon. 

The Vox is currently available for preorder

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun October 20, 2011 - 4:54pm

The reason this will not be as good as Fire is that Amazon was smart enough to fork Android and as a result, get away from all the trappings of developing an Android device.

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BenevolentForce from Los Angeles is reading 1Q84 October 20, 2011 - 9:18pm

Agreed with Kirk.  Additionally, while Kobo has a decent stronghold on Canada and the UK, the North American market isn't having it.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated October 21, 2011 - 9:26am

I could be mistaken, but doesn't the Kobo have a strong market share in every English speaking country excpet the U.S.?

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Kasey from the morally and physically challenging plains of Texas is reading 12pt. Courier font October 21, 2011 - 12:53pm

just root a nook.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 23, 2011 - 4:32pm

i think it also has to do with selection, of which the kobo has very little. i have a kobo, and i have had to convert most of the books i bought for it from amazon or google.