Kobo Vox

Released October, 2011
  • 7"
  • 8 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.3
The silver-colored buttons, as you might have guessed, go along with the plastic feel and are reminiscent of the controls I once had on a plastic Rio MP3 player.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
6.5 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Kobo Vox

Performance

Processing power and speed

Kobo Vox
5.6
iPad mini
7.8
iPad 4
7.6
Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Kobo Vox
n.d.
iPad mini
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Kobo Vox
6.2
iPad mini
7.6
iPad 4
7.2
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Vox
7.7
iPad mini
9.2
iPad 4
9.5
Reviews from techradar.com and theverge.com

6.5

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kobo Vox
6.5
iPad mini
8.2
iPad 4
8.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Kobo Vox

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kobo Vox
611
Nexus 7
2,282

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Kobo Vox
7,931.1 ms
iPad 4
850 ms
Nexus 7
1,371 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Kobo Vox


3.9
There's more to come about this in the performance section, but the software is sluggish and that impacts even the fundamental purpose of this device — reading.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The panel itself is a problem, but the touchscreen quality is even more troublesome.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Still, it’s really not enough to make up for the use of supbar materials everywhere else and the thicker frame.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Kobo is claiming that the display is easier to read on outdoors, but when I held it next to the Fire near the window it was just as reflective.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Operating system

Other than that, Kobo's added a persistent toolbar along the bottom of the software that includes shortcuts to the current book you’re reading, the Library, Kobo Shop, and reading statistics.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Kobo didn't put as much time or energy into the software as Amazon or Barnes & Noble and not only does it show in aesthetic, but it also shows in speed.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Now, some of the onus may be on the software (more coming on that below), but the plastic display is without a doubt slow to respond to taps.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Apps

That said, it was extremely easy to sideload apps to the device; drag and drop and you’re set.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
The store has access to a decent selection of phone apps, but a number of the important ones are missing, including Facebook, Pandora, etc..
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
On top of that, it takes awhile for the tablet to load certain Kobo apps and menus.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Operating System

Unlike Amazon or B&N, Kobo hasn't completely rethought Android 2.3 for tablets.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
The Vox runs a relatively clean version of Android with a couple of tweaks here and there.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
Sure, I knew that Vox's 800MHz Freescale i.MX51 processor and 512MB of RAM wasn't going to win any speed tests, but the performance was way worse than I expected.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Storage

Surrounding the tablet you’ll find a power button along top, a volume rocker along the right edge, a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD card slot on the left rail, and a Micro USB port on the bottom.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 7"
Technology AFFS+ LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth None
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Single core
Clock speed 0.8 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor No

storage

Internal storage 8 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam None
Rear camera None

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone No

form factor

Weight 402 g
Size 192.4 x 128.4 x 13.4 mm
Thickness 13.4 mm
Battery life 6 hour
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