"Decent ereader with extra features"4.0 starson by kchoze
Pros: Excellent, bright screen
Nearly basic Android
Long standby life
Available outside the US
Cons: No Android Market
Can bog down and require reset from time to time
Not powerful enough to run intensive programs
Default reading app doesn't allow for modifications to text alignment
Summary: First of all, I'm in Canada, so no Kindle Fire or Nook tablet for me. It is likely that my rating would be a bit lower if I had access to these two.Update:
Most official reviews are spot on for this device, but I think that they are a bit harsh for the device. This wasn't meant to be a 7-inch tablet offering a full tablet experience, it was meant to be an ereader with some extra features, and if you take this into consideration, you realize that it's a better device than many claim.
Many no-name companies have released "color ereaders" of that size for less, but the Kobo Vox has one big advantage to it: its wonderful screen. It is extremely bright with good viewing angles and a decent 1024x600 resolution. On that point, it's just as good as the best. It also runs a lightly modified Android OS, so if you can find APKs, you can install them without any fuss. You can install the Kindle app or Aldiko without problem. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the Android Market and the market that it comes with is pretty poor, with poor navigation and lacking many useful apps.
The processor in this however is pretty weak, as long as you only do one thing at a time, you should be okay, but if you try demanding apps and open them successively rapidly, the device may start bogging down horribly. This is the fate of many of them on public display in stores, which creates a very bad impression, but when you have your own Vox, it is much better.
Aside from reading, it can also play music, play videos, surf the net and watch youtube videos with no lag. It can play simple games like Angry Birds too. However, it cannot run Flash, nor would I want to try, honestly.
It has a microSD slot, which is always nice, and a decent speaker. It has few ports though, only an USB connector to plug it on a computer and an audio jack. So no HDMI and no USB host, but as I said, it's not a full-feature tablet, but an ereader with extra features. Its dimensions are okay and it's pretty light. They put a special texture on its back with a rubbery "quilted" texture. It's nice but forgettable. It's reasonably light, so it's easy to hold in one hand.
As to battery life, it's true that it isn't that great, around 5 hours I guess, but I have to point out that it has great standby life, so you don't have to shut it down if you don't expect to pick it up for a couple of days.
Finally, one nitpick, the default Kobo reading app has no settings for text alignment, so I can't have the text "justified". This is annoying, but nothing serious.
Updated on Jun 20, 2012
Following an official firmware update, the Vox has gained access to Google apps, including Maps and Google Play Store, which makes finding and installing apps easy as pie. Furthermore, the stability and performance of the device seems to have been increased. No one will mistake it for a dual core tablet, but apps crash less often and the device no longer freezes when too much is demanded of it. Battery life also seems to have increased.