Product Type: Kobo Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
Newest Review: ... that for me, someone who has no particularly technical knowledge, or technical needs, the Kobo Vox does everything it sets out to do bril... more
Kobo Vox, my first ereader, and I love it!
Kobo Vox e-Reader 7"
Member Name: milmol7
Kobo Vox e-Reader 7"
Advantages: Access to Free books via Public Library
Disadvantages: Battery life
The Kobo Vox was my introduction to the world of ereaders /tablets, so I have nothing to compare with, BUT, I have found it to be an absolutely great piece of kit. It was a gift so I had no preconceptions about what I wanted to use it for but the functions I have used have met all my needs.
The main usage is obviously as an ereader, and this is where I feel I am better off with my Kobo that with a Kindle. I have downloaded the Kindle app onto my vox, so I have full access to the Kindle store (often slightly (pence) cheaper than the Kobo store) and can read those books on my Vox. The Kobo store itself is accessible by 'one touch', the purchasing is straightforward and I've never had a problem. The 'big one' though is that it can be used to access the public library e-books. This means after a small wait, access to many latest releases are available, as well as being able to 'borrow' travel guides etc for holidays. All for free.
Reading, it's completely adjustable in terms of text size, screen brightness, page orientation etc and I have had no problems reading outdoors.
I also use the app store - it now has access to the main android appstore - and have downloaded lots of apps covering my interests. So I have downloaded some book/reading apps but also MS Office apps and dropbox to give me access to documents when away from home or the office. Additionally, calendar, organisational, list-making, database apps etc.
I have also put a lot of music onto my vox which sounds perfectly good through the speaker, again that's been useful on holiday.
Finally I use it for a few games, which again I downloaded from the appstore and use with varying degrees of intensity according to how bad my addiction to them is at any one time!
I respect all the reviews (and I have seen plenty) which compare the Vox negatively to other ereaders but feel that many of these focus heavily on the technical aspects, hardware, software etc of the kit and all that I can say is that for me, someone who has no particularly technical knowledge, or technical needs, the Kobo Vox does everything it sets out to do brilliantly.
My Vox did freeze once and I had to reset, but everything is backed up and all my purchases were automatically re-downloaded so it was no more than an inconvenience. Looking for other downsides, the weight of the reader is probably one (although the counterside of that is its a sturdy piece of kit, so depends on your take), and the battery life would be the other. In my experience it didn't meet the claims of length of battery life - particularly when connected to wifi, I have wifi turned off at all times except when I particularly need to be online.
Summary: Great ereader which does plenty more besides.
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