"Great eReader and starter tablet!"4.0 starson by psawr
Pros: 1. Spectacular screen.
2. External storage (micro SD Card).
3. Kobo library.
Cons: 1. No Netflix or Youtube.
2. Slower processor.
3. Battery Life.
1. Spectacular screen. My downloaded movies look amazing. My magazines and photos are clear and vibrant. Excellent viewing outdoors. Obviously one of the best screens in the tablet market.
2. External storage (micro SD Card). Most tablets do not have external storage. That makes it (IMO) useless for travel. I want a place to store a bunch of HD movies for when I travel. Also want to store my magazines and books on it.
3. Kobo library. I love Kobo's book selection (Even interactive books just for the Vox!). I love the direction they are taking in social eReading. I have started to use Pulse, but it looks too new to have gotten going yet...
1. No Netflix or Youtube. Developers are working on this, I am told - but can't get either to work reliably. Streaming is generally hit and miss on this thing.
2. Slower processor. This means games will probably not be as good.
3. Battery Life. There are bugs with the battery indicator and issues with sleep mode (where the battery is drained or you cannot wake it/it locks after a sleep and you need to do a reboot to get it to turn on). Battery life will improve once they implement a firmware upgrade to address these issues (which I am told will be SOON!). Currently turning off WiFi or turning off the Vox entirely will help improve battery life.
I love my Vox. Works well for watching downloaded movies, books, magazines and email. It does things that the iPad, PlayBook and Fire cannot do for me. The microSD card is essential for my intended use. I don't play games or do much streaming, so I am not too concerned about those flaws. I want to use it to read, read magazines, and watch movies when I don't have access to WiFi. (It does all these very well). I also want it as a back up to have internet access for casual browsing. It does all these things - and does them well.
I think Kobo customer support is rather lacking, but fortunately, I am resourceful enough to solve all my own software problems without their assistance, so I am not too concerned about it. I will be concerned if my Vox has a hardware issue within the warranty period. That could be a fun venture...NOT. If Kobo had excellent customer service, this product would have gotten a perfect score from me...