Kindle Fire vs. Kobo Vox

Kindle Fire vs Kobo Vox

The Kindle Fire and Nook tablet are the best examples of e-reader-to-tablet transitions. Not too many people noticed that mobile reading company Kobo was into it too. Today we will take a look at the Kobo Vox, another e-reader/tablet hybrid that looks to take on its more popular counterpart. It’s Kindle Fire vs. Kobo Vox after the jump.

 

Looks

At first glance, the Kobo Vox looks like most of the 7 inch tablet out there.  Actually, it really looks like the Galaxy Tab 7 until you flip it over. The back features a quilted matte diamond pattern the same as those in the earlier Kobo readers. It is as wide as the Kindle Fire and as long. The Kobo Vox’s side bezel is wider than that of the Fire making the latter’s screen appear larger.

Kindle Fire vs Kobo Vox dimensions

Besides the diamond pattern at the back, another unique thing for the Vox is the variety of colors to choose from. Kobo named their colors as Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue, and Jet Black.

Kindle Fire vs Kobo Vox design

 

Performance

The Kobo Vox is at a slight disadvantage when it comes to performance. Maybe the 800 MHz processor and 512 RAM have something to do with it. The interface can be slow sometimes especially when loading books. The screen is also not that responsive as compared to the Kindle Fire. Although they have the same RAM, the Fire runs faster because of its 1 GHz processor.

Engadget run a browser test for both the Kobo Vox and the Kindle Fire using SunSpider. The results are:

Kobo Vox

Kindle Fire

SunSpider Benchmark

9,096.3 ms

2,440 ms

 

We did not expect the Kobo Vox to match the Fire especially since the latter uses a cloud-based browser. But we did not expect it to suck this much. Just to compare, the Nook Tablet scored 4,135 ms on the same test.

 

Storage

You have 8 GB of space to fill on the Kobo Vox. This is just the same as the Kindle Fire although the Vox has a SD card slot.  This means you can expand the memory of the Kobo Vox to 40 GB (with a 32 GB SD card).

 

Apps

The Kobo Vox is essentially an Android device as it runs Gingerbread. However, it does not include the quick access app to the Android Market.  What it has though is a direct access to the GetJar store. This store contains some free apps although not as many as those on the Android Market.

Kindle Fire vs Kobo Vox apps

Also included are the standard Android apps like Calendar, Web Browser, Email and YouTube as well as essential apps like Facebook and Twitter. And of course, the Kobo Vox allows you to access the Kobo bookstore easily plus magazines and newspapers through the Zinio and PressReader apps.

 

Battery Life

Kobo boasts that the Vox’s battery life is 7 hours if Wi-Fi is turned off. We are yet to try it for ourselves to confirm this. If this is true then it is at par with the Kindle Fire’s battery life.

 

Connectivity and browser

Like the Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox connects to the internet via Wi-Fi only. The browser is just like the standard Chrome-based Android browser so there is nothing special about it. The thing that would bother you though is that sites are loaded to their mobile versions. This is because Gingerbread is primarily used as an OS for smartphones.

 

Verdict – Kindle Fire vs. Kobo Vox

You can buy the Kobo Vox for $199 – the same figures that made the Kindle Fire famous. This does not elevate the Kobo Vox to prominence though because it really offers less than what you’ll get from the Fire. I don’t see a reason why you would choose it over the Kindle Fire. Amazon’s tablet is superior in performance and the books and apps you can get through it are more than those found on the Kobo store.

Check out how the Kobo Vox compares with other tablets in our list of top ten tablets.

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