First Look: Kobo jumps into 7″ Tablet/eReader space with Vox
I’m not surprised to see Kobo jump into the 7″ Tablet marketplace..as a major ebookseller it obviously had to be in this space. Kobo’s entry is the VOX an Android 2.3 based 7″ Tablet with a bright AFFS+ touchscreen. With an anti-glare surface it is great for reading ebooks even outdoors, watching videos and surfing the web. The look is distinctly Kobo with its signature quilted back and it comes in four distinctive colours.
WiFi equipped the Vox includes a full featured email app that supports POP, IMAP and Microsoft® ActiveSync so you can access all your personal and business mail. The Vox comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter, Rdio for music, the popular Zinio magazine reader app, Press Reader..my favouriter newspaper reading app plus the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Scrabble.
the interface looks pretty much like stock Android Gingerbread so if you own an Android phone you will be really comfortable with the Vox which unlike the Kindle Fire has full open access to Android 2.3 and the Android Marketplace and all its apps. This could be a huge advantage over the Kindle Fire which is restricted to 16,000 or so apps available from the Amazon App Store.
The Kobo Vox is available for preorders today in Canada at Kobo retail partners:
Indigo Books & Music (www.indigo.ca), Future Shop (www.futureshop.ca), Best Buy (www.bestbuy.ca), and Kobo.com for a MSRP of $199.99. In the U.S. it is available for pre-order at Best Buy (www.bestbuy.com), Fry’s Electronics (www.frys.com), and at Kobo.com for the same MSRP of $199.99. If you are an existing Kobo eReader owner you can order it online at Kobo.com before October 28 and save 10 bucks.
Regulars know I rarely comment on products at launch until I get to actually touch one but in this case since I have had nothing but positive experience with Kobo products and this is an important development at least on a par with the Amazon Kindle Fire launch last month I am making an exception It means a lot of Christmas wish lists are going to include one or the other. I suspect the fact the Vox will be on real store shelves will be a distinct advantage not to mention that it is available in Canada..unlike the Kindle Fire.
My guess is that Kobo and Amazon are going to sell millions of these things for Christmas giving. What do you think..what impact will it have on sales of Apple iPads or other Android tablets? Let me know.