Kobo Vox $199.99 Android tablet announced

The tech world stood up and took notice as Amazon announced plans to launch a $199 seven inch Android-based tablet device called the Kindle Fire. Now another company that makes eReaders, Kobo, has just announced its own seven inch Android-based tablet, the Kobo Vox. The price for this tablet is $199.99, which is 99 cents more than the Kindle Fire. Pre-orders have started and the device will begin shipping on October 28, about three weeks before Amazon is scheduled to ship its first Kindle Fire units.

A lot of the tech specs for the Kobo Vox compare well next to the Kindle Fire. A big exception is the processor. The Kobo Vox has just an 800 Mhz chip compared to the dual-core processor of the Kindle Fire. One big feature that the Kobo Vox has over the Kindle Fire is being able to add up to 32 GB of extra storage with an SD card. The Kindle Fire has no such option to add extra storage. The Kobo Vox also comes in a variety of colors (Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue, and Jet Black). Both devices have WiFi for its wireless support with no 3G options.

The Kobo Vox runs on what looks like a standard Android 2.3 operating system, compared to Amazon's device which uses its own user interface. The good news is that it can access most of the Android Market apps. It also comes with its own programs such as the Kobo eReading App. It not only serves as an eReader but also allows users to share their reading experiences with others and even to track how many books and pages you read along with how many pages you read on average per session.

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So you can install the Kindle and Nook apps from the Android Market on this? That's something you can't do so easily on the Kindle Fire or Nook Color.

800mhz is fine on gingerbread for everything but games.
The only decider between this and the kindle will be if the kindle supports normal android apps.

Crender said,
800mhz is fine on gingerbread for everything but games.
The only decider between this and the kindle will be if the kindle supports normal android apps.

Ahem... jailbreak? darn wrong product.... ROOT!

Crender said,
800mhz is fine on gingerbread for everything but games.
The only decider between this and the kindle will be if the kindle supports normal android apps.
Uh no my Droid X with Gingerbread still had issues with the simple gui @ 1GHZ, and as well as my HTC Evo3D android's UI still feels sluggish @ dual 1.2ghz.

The Laughing Man said,
Uh no my Droid X with Gingerbread still had issues with the simple gui @ 1GHZ, and as well as my HTC Evo3D android's UI still feels sluggish @ dual 1.2ghz.

Must just be your phone.. My Atrix has dual 1.0 and it flys through the stock Android UI (and any other launcher ui) on GB, Stock AND Custom Roms.

Cheap Android tabs are a dime a dozen these days. Unfortunately - most of them in fact, run like crap. Seems like more was added to the pile.

You're missing the key point (which means Kobo isn't marketing it well enough). Anti-glare screen for sunlight viewing. That's a big deal. Used to only be available on Motion Computing's tablets which run over $1,500, now you're getting a tablet you can use in direct sunlight for $200. It won't serve as a gaming device, but that's OK, you're still able to do plenty of stuff outdoors that up until now you couldn't.

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