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?
The Vox is, by all accounts, a product that might have been so much better if it hadn’t been rushed to market. It stood up against the likes of the Nook Tablet and Amazon Kindle Fire when it was released and was generally able to hold its own. But with the use of beta software and pretty much the exact same hardware features, it was difficult for this device to set itself apart. And how can it, really?
It comes with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel resolution touchscreen display, 8GB of flash memory, and 512MB of RAM. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a slow processor and the rest of its spec sheet is also rather lackluster. It’s like the Amazon Kindle Fire, only worse because it doesn’t have Amazon’s content ecosystem to back it up. So does this product have anything that can somehow be considered as a redeeming quality?
Not really. In a world of mediocre e-book reading tablets with Android, the Vox fits right in. That is to say, while it isn’t great, it’s not that bad either.
Need To Know: Kobo Vox
1. 7-inch form factor hits the sweet spot in readability and portability. (The Good)
2. 8GB of internal storage is just right. (The Good)
3. Slow processor and limited amount of RAM results in sometimes sluggish performance. (The Bad)
4. The operating system likely won’t get any upgrades from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. (The Bad)