Kobo Vox

Engadget Review

Kobo Vox review

Summary

The Vox has last-generation hardware and largely uninspiring software. It's a hard sell against the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire.

Pros
  • Expandable memoryLow-costEasy sideloading
Cons
  • Short battery lifeSluggish performanceWiFi connectivity issues
Kobo Vox review

Kobo has long been happy to position itself as the underdog in the e-reader race, a spin that's based on more than a few grains of truth. After all, what else should this small Canadian company call itself after years of going head to head with giants like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony? In spite of its perceived disadvantages, though, it's remained competitive with products like the eReader Touch Edition, a device that matched the Nook and Kindle feature-for-feature.

Now, the company is attempting to pull off a similar feat with the Vox, its first entry in the tablet space -- and a clear shot across the bow at a couple low-cost slates from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Can the e-reader David pull off an upset against a couple of Goliaths this go 'round, or have the company's limited resources finally gotten the better of it? Watch the battle unfold before your eyes, after the break.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Ease of use
3.0
Portability (size / weight)
7.0
Battery life
4.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Display
8.0
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Specs

Vox

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
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Specs

Vox

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
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