View Full Version : Kobo Vox - Good and Bad..


Psyke
10-29-2011, 05:19 PM
Have been playing with the Vox since last night almost non stop, but it's definitely a disappointment, even for a a relatively budget tablet.

As an E-reader, it does very well. It still has the same limitations in regards to LCD view-ability outside, but it really does try to compensate with with a very high brightness setting. I brought it outside and with the default auto brightness, I couldn't see a thing, even with overcast conditions where the sun was trying to force its way out. If I turn the brightness up all the way, the screen comes in very clear, but I think that if it the sun was full out, it would totally overpower the screen and it would become unusable. That said, now that I've had a good number of hours with it, I think the image quality is actually better than my Asus Transformer, which itself is very comparable to the Samsung Galaxy. The brightness on the Vox really does help the colors become more vibrant.

As a tablet however, there are a number of pretty serious problems:

- Swiping: it does not pick up swipes very well, and I don't know if it's because of the screen, because of the OS, or because of the processor used. You can't do quick swipes with it consistently. One of the games the 10 year old really wanted to play here because she plays it often on her dads Galaxy is Fruit Ninja, which is all about swiping. When trying to do fast swipes, it just doesn't want to register, or registers it as a very short swipe. I had noted the same thing while reading books; when tapping, there were no issues, but when trying to give it a quick swipe, it would fail. I would have to give it a long deliberate. This is also apparent on menu's too, where it will sometimes register swipes as a tap instead, opening apps when you didn't intend to.

- processor speed: I think they really did make a mistake with going with a single 800mhz processor when Kindle went with a dual 1ghz processor like most new tablets. While this doesn't affect e-reading all that much, apps do definitely run much slower. Load times for fruit ninja, and the angry birds apps, not to mention slowdown hickups while in them really do detract from the games. Movie watching, either local or on youtube don't really seem affected though, so this is good.

- Apps: They tout 15000 free apps via their kobo.getjar page. It's great that they included a lot of free apps, but not all of them are free. Some are limited time trials; this doesn't not constitute a free application. I've also hit on a number of applications that did not work on my vox, or ran slow to the point that they were unusable. when trying to get apps that show off your hardware, you would think they would have done a better job at filtering them.

Storage capacity: If you advertise 8GB of space, give us 8GB of space. If you need room for the OS and firmware and whatever, then put in extra to cover for it, but I'm really starting to get tired of this BS. This device also has an issue in that it partitions space into internal and internal SD. When you download apps, it goes to the internal memory, which is about 1GB. You can move said data from the internal memory to the internal SD, which is about 5.34GB, bit you need to figure out how to do that, which leads me to:

- Ease of use: I'm a geek...I readily admit it..I like taking computers apart and putting them back together again; I play with my windows registry and dabble in overclocking my equipment to try to tweak a little extra performance.. but trying to find things in this tablet has been very trying on my patience, so I really can only imagine how it may be for someone who isn't very technically inclined or hasn't played with Android before... the fact that they didn't include a file manager was also interesting..


on the plus side though, apart from the fact that the e-reader works as expected, the fact that it is an open system without having to root it is very nice. I've added the slide me market which is very nice (like the fact they show compatibility info for apps). Once I figured out how to access video's on an SD card, it ran them very well, although I had no sound for one of them (anyone know of a codec pack for android?). It was a huge 1080P video and there wasn't a hiccup at all. Don't know if Sound would change that though. but the picture was great.

battery life seems to be very good on it; after a full nights charge, I've been playing with it pretty heavily for the last 4 and half hours, using books, video and games, all with the wifi on, and battery is still showing 80%...If that's the case, I should be able to get well over 10hrs of battery life, more without the wifi.. Very nice indeed.


So far I think we'll keep it, but I'm going to spend the rest of the weekend evaluating it and trying to use it as the little one would and see how it goes. Will try to write up more on it later on.

borisb
10-29-2011, 05:41 PM
Your experience seems to mirror mine.

pokee
10-29-2011, 05:43 PM
Great observations, Steph.

I played with it for about 5 hours last night and about 4 hours this morning. I am sort of obsessed!!! It's charging right now, so time to do some stuff around the house! ;)

It was obvious to me before I even bought it that processor speed was going to be an issue for running certain apps, so I expected that. I am just hoping I can get movies to play on it without issues, as I am hoping to use it for travel.

The swiping thing is irritating for me no matter what tablet/phone I am using. I always seem to press the wrong icon, the wrong letter, the wrong field - whatever. And I have tiny fingers!!! I can't imagine some bigger dudes enjoying tablets of any kind (esp. if they have to type anything). I am soooo frustrated having to do anything without a keyboard and mouse, so this wasn't even on my radar. Having said that, I have noticed that the touch keyboard is 'delayed' or unresponsive on the bottom end (like the spacebar and the period) and I sometimes have to tap something twice or swipe in a slightly different spot - but that's similar to my phone (although, I've never noticed that on my hubby's iPad).

The battery does rock! I am really impressed....at least so far. This could do downhill fast!

Honestly, I found the same learning curve for myself on my Android phone as far as set up was concerned. I think that knowledge has definitely helped me out a bit with the Vox - although I am still pretty clueless about some stuff and there's going to be a lot of trial and error.

One thing I love: the size. It's perfect. My hubby's iPad is hideously huge and heavy. I figure I might as well have my laptop with me rather than use that instead. My phone is too small. This size and weight is perfect.

I knew I was going to keep it when I was reading my kids the Franklin book that was included with the Vox, and after I read them that, I quickly purchased and downloaded one of their favorite books and read them that. There we were cuddled up on the couch and looking at some pretty vibrant pictures and enjoying some time together -- just like the tablet commercials show you!!!

moolyn
10-29-2011, 06:01 PM
Have been playing with the Vox since last night almost non stop, but it's definitely a disappointment, even for a a relatively budget tablet.

Psyke, thanks for sharing your impressions. Have you considered an iPod Touch for your little one? My two eldest grandsons, 10 and 13, love theirs. You can read books on them with Kobo and Kindle apps. They have both front and back cameras and can be used as wireless phones too.

Annibronte
10-29-2011, 06:05 PM
One thing I love: the size. It's perfect. My hubby's iPad is hideously huge and heavy. I figure I might as well have my laptop with me rather than use that instead. My phone is too small. This size and weight is perfect.



This is exactly why I bought it.

ron1959
10-29-2011, 06:13 PM
This is interesting.
If the vox turns out to be too slow for apps I might wait for the samsung galaxy tab 7 plus.
The only thing is the price at $399 is not very competitive.
But if dropped to $299 I think the extra $100 would be worth it for all the extra features....

Psyke
10-29-2011, 06:20 PM
Psyke, thanks for sharing your impressions. Have you considered an iPod Touch for your little one? My two eldest grandsons, 10 and 13, love theirs. You can read books on them with Kobo and Kindle apps. They have both front and back cameras and can be used as wireless phones too.

She had been hinting that she wanted the ipod touch, but after getting the asus transformer for the wife, and the fact that the little one's own father has been switching over to android devices in his household, the vox presented an attractive option to try and keep things uniform across both houses. I had originally looked at maybe getting the samsung 5" android media device once it came out (more or less the equivalent to ipod), but it was also about $260 US, and I'm not sure when it will be out.

quite honestly, I like the fact that there is no camera on the vox; Sexting and kids is a huge fear of mine...

Psyke
10-29-2011, 06:25 PM
The swiping thing is irritating for me no matter what tablet/phone I am using. I always seem to press the wrong icon, the wrong letter, the wrong field - whatever. And I have tiny fingers!!! I can't imagine some bigger dudes enjoying tablets of any kind (esp. if they have to type anything). I am soooo frustrated having to do anything without a keyboard and mouse, so this wasn't even on my radar. Having said that, I have noticed that the touch keyboard is 'delayed' or unresponsive on the bottom end (like the spacebar and the period) and I sometimes have to tap something twice or swipe in a slightly different spot - but that's similar to my phone (although, I've never noticed that on my hubby's iPad).


Surprisingly enough, I love typing on it.. it's pretty responsive to me, and the size of the device makes it pretty easy to use. For our full sized tablet, I picked up a keyboard app that splits the keyboard so that you can hold it comfortably on either side and still reach all the keys with your thumbs...

Cdesja5
10-29-2011, 07:02 PM
This is my first Android device (I have a touch that I use extensively) and I haven't quite got everything figured out... Exactly how do I add "slide me market"?

Psyke
10-29-2011, 07:08 PM
This is my first Android device (I have a touch that I use extensively) and I haven't quite got everything figured out... Exactly how do I add "slide me market"?

in your android web browser, go to slideme.org/sam2.apk and it will download their market place; you can then sign up with them and browse their apps.

Cdesja5
10-29-2011, 07:12 PM
Never mind...figured it out. Lots of learning and exploring to do!

moolyn
10-29-2011, 07:35 PM
She had been hinting that she wanted the ipod touch, but after getting the asus transformer for the wife, and the fact that the little one's own father has been switching over to android devices in his household, the vox presented an attractive option to try and keep things uniform across both houses.

It's the whole Beta vs HDS debate all over again, isn't it? Obviously you are considering all options, including waiting for the right device.

Anyway, I've been noticing that those who want a tablet that reads are less enthusiastic about the Vox than those who want an ereader with benefits.

Psyke
10-29-2011, 08:46 PM
It's the whole Beta vs HDS debate all over again, isn't it? Obviously you are considering all options, including waiting for the right device.

Anyway, I've been noticing that those who want a tablet that reads are less enthusiastic about the Vox than those who want an ereader with benefits.


or some semblance of the right device. As demonstrated by most people, price is a big thing. For the full sized tablet, the only reason I bought it was because I was able to get if for about $200 less than in stores off ebay.

But as you say, those who were buying the Vox primarily as a tablet, then yes, they most likely will be disappointed. As an e-reader with a some extra's, it's actually not that bad, which is how I was looking at; because of how much She uses her kobo, I wanted her to have a good e-reader that she could have for the other things she wanted to do with it.

As another "But" I'll also say that Kobo could have done so much better. I think, and this is only an assumption, is that with the release of the Nook tablet, both Kobo and Amazon decided to do their own tablets, and Kobo decided to match more or less nooks offerings, figuring Amazon would do the same. They then got caught off guard by the specs announced for the kindle fire and decided to launch early to try and take some of their sales, which is why we never heard any announcement about the device until shortly before the launch.

moolyn
10-29-2011, 10:10 PM
Steph, I think you are right, that Kobo was in such a rush that they didn't take time to solve all the problems. Also, the whole social reading concept would obviously have taken time and effort away from the basics. Perhaps I should go back to my plan before the Vox was announced - order a Kindle Touch and pick it up in the US.

The Kobo person at Chapters this morning assured me that I could return my Vox if I wasn't satisfied. It's supposed to arrive on November 1st or 2nd. I'm willing to allow time for Kobo to work out the kinks through updates if I'm happy with how it performs as an ereader right away because I prefer the open Kobo attitude.

taming
10-29-2011, 10:41 PM
I'm willing to allow time for Kobo to work out the kinks through updates if I'm happy with how it performs as an ereader right away because I prefer the open Kobo attitude.

I'm taking about the same position. My goal was to be able to read kindle books and ePUBs on the same device. I may use the Vox to read a little email and do some light surfing, but I do not need or expect it to replace my smartphone or computer. I'm also willing to wait out the development process for the Kobo App itself--I've learned over time that Kobo releases early and updates frequently. I'm OK with that.

cindiaugustine
10-30-2011, 12:51 AM
...Perhaps I should go back to my plan before the Vox was announced - order a Kindle Touch and pick it up in the US.


Moolyn, you might want to do some research first on whether you will get all the functionality the Kindle Fire is capable of, here in Canada. Just a heads-up. :)

UPDATE: Readers have asked if they order an Amazon Fire for pick up at a US postal address, will they then be able to access the Amazon services available to customers who live in the US. The answer is no.

While as Kevin points out in the comments below there is often a delay when products are announced in the US before they reach Canada, the Kindle Fire is a bit different from products like Appleís iPhone or other devices released in the US first. The Kindle Fire delivers Amazon content such as Instant Video and Amazonís free cloud storage but thatís not available for people in Canada, which makes the sale of the Kindle Fire here a bit doubtful. (http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/09/28/no-kindle-fire-for-canada/)

moolyn
10-30-2011, 09:08 AM
Thanks for your concern, Cindi, but I was thinking of ordering a Kindle Touch rather than a Kindle Fire if the Vox doesn't work out for me. My iPod Touch already does most of what an Apple iPad does, but in minature, and even has both Kindle and Kobo apps. I'd just like a larger screen for ereading!

kennyc
10-30-2011, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the great and in-depth review Steph!

3d0g
10-30-2011, 11:56 AM
I'm taking about the same position. My goal was to be able to read kindle books and ePUBs on the same device. I may use the Vox to read a little email and do some light surfing, but I do not need or expect it to replace my smartphone or computer. I'm also willing to wait out the development process for the Kobo App itself--I've learned over time that Kobo releases early and updates frequently. I'm OK with that.

Devil's advocate here but note that the Kobo app is in the Amazon Appstore which means it should be installable on the Kindle Fire.

I definitely want a 7" color eReader, but I'm sitting on the fence until the Fire comes out. I was really hoping the FFS+ screen would deliver a somewhat usable outdoor reading experience but the early reports here seem to indicate otherwise.

Haesslich
10-30-2011, 12:13 PM
I definitely want a 7" color eReader, but I'm sitting on the fence until the Fire comes out. I was really hoping the FFS+ screen would deliver a somewhat usable outdoor reading experience but the early reports here seem to indicate otherwise.

What early reports? The Kobo Vox screen thread and my own experiences find no fault with the screen. The viewing angles are as advertised, and it's very good even in direct fall morning sunlight - the screen outdid a Super AMOLED one, and with sun reflecting off it by having the sun behind me, only the part that was blocked out by the reflective beams were hard to read.

The crashing Kobo app, though, is another story. Or if you like black screens, you can see the backlight more. But sunlight? Not an issue, nor the color rendition or brightness.

3d0g
10-30-2011, 12:17 PM
What early reports? The Kobo Vox screen thread and my own experiences find no fault with the screen. The viewing angles are as advertised, and it's very good even in direct fall morning sunlight - the screen outdid a Super AMOLED one, and with sun reflecting off it by having the sun behind me, only the part that was blocked out by the reflective beams were hard to read.

Glad to hear Haesslich, but you're the only one here giving it a thumbs up so far. Other reviews haven't been so glowing. Still, it's early days and hopefully a larger consensus will form as more people get their Voxes.

Haesslich
10-30-2011, 12:30 PM
Glad to hear Haesslich, but you're the only one here giving it a thumbs up so far. Other reviews haven't been so glowing. Still, it's early days and hopefully a larger consensus will form as more people get their Voxes.

I can't fault the screen, but the photo didn't turn out well. Samsung needs to do more QC of its ROMs, just as Kobo needs more QC of these units. My first was a lemon, and I found my Kobo Vox froze after 15 hours of being plugged in without use. I'll bet the WiFi or other software crashed again - I've had times where Wifi refused to turn on the first attempt.


At least that can be patched, unlike the first unit's issues.

I also take it you missed this thread - Vox Screen (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155082). Good Ereader didn't see any issues with the screen, nor do I recall PCMag (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395538,00.asp) having quibbles. To quote the latter:

"The 1024-by-600 multitouch FFS+ screen shines brightly, although the brightness can either be automatically adjusted via a light sensor or manually adjusted for "night mode". I didn't have a chance to play with the Kobo in bright sunlight (where E-Ink displays like those used by the Touch excel) but the Vox wasn't washed out from sunlight through a window."

3d0g
10-30-2011, 12:36 PM
I also take it you missed this thread - Vox Screen (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155082). Good Ereader didn't see any issues with the screen, nor do I recall PCMag having quibbles.

Nope. Missed none of those. None of them address outdoor viewing. That's the feedback I'm eager to see, particularly in a side-by-side with the Fire.

Haesslich
10-30-2011, 12:41 PM
Nope. Missed none of those. None of them address outdoor viewing. That's the feedback I'm eager to see, particularly in a side-by-side with the Fire.

You'll have to wait a few months for the latter. I'd like to try the Fire myself, but that won't be exported for a while. We'll see if Amazon skimped on the screen to provide their CPU and memory. Now if only Kobo had better QC on the assembly and the Apps. Crashing on the Kobo app is disgraceful. Ditto some of the software freezes caused by that app, or some of the drivers they're using. I would NOT give this to anyone not comfortable troubleshooting right now.

If the Fire works like recent Kindle Keyboards do (right out of the box), they should have a good Xmas.

I'll try for photos later, although the auto-adjust on the camera could be an issue.

jeather
10-30-2011, 12:49 PM
It's readable outside standing in the sunlight with black-on-white, a bit harder to read with black-on-sepia. It's more readable than, say, my phone is, though there is some reflection (more of a problem than glare). I can't compare it with the Fire, of course, and it's nothing like e-ink for outdoor viewing, but it's fine to read outside. I didn't try reading anything with colour.

taming
10-30-2011, 12:58 PM
Devil's advocate here but note that the Kobo app is in the Amazon Appstore which means it should be installable on the Kindle Fire.


Currently the Fire is not available in Canada. The Amazon services that make the Fire a great choice for some folks are also not in Canada. Amazon has a long history of treating Canadians like red headed step children, for example, last Xmas we could not order Kindles.

jswinden
10-30-2011, 01:11 PM
Currently the Fire is not available in Canada. The Amazon services that make the Fire a great choice for some folks are also not in Canada. Amazon has a long history of treating Canadians like red headed step children, for example, last Xmas we could not order Kindles.

You should probably complain to your Canadian government as that is most likely due to Canadian and USA import/export/commerce laws and not Amazon treating Canadians poorly. I hear that you guys cannot even get some first run television shows from the USA, and that is certainly not the fault of USA networks. It sounds to me like Canada and the USA need to sit down and iron out a better set of laws for dealing with import/export/commerce etc. between one another.

taming
10-30-2011, 01:22 PM
We were able to buy Kindles before the Xmas season and after Xmas, so I doubt that part has anything to do with our government. Amazon has not rolled out the Fire internationally, and that includes Canada. Why we don't have the free apps a day, streaming, etc.--well who knows if it is Amazon or not?

You may not know this, but Canadian networks have to pay for US TV shows. Free to air stations, unlike cable or satellite cannot pass those costs on to people. We get a lot more US TV than you do Canadian, and the major US networks are all on Cable or Satellite, usually on the basic tier.

We are actually not the 51st state.

kennyc
10-30-2011, 01:33 PM
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We are actually not the 51st state.

What? What? Say it isn't so.

:offtopic: http://www.humanistsofutah.org/2002/WhyCantIOwnACanadian_10-02.html

Psyke
10-30-2011, 01:43 PM
I can't fault the screen, but the photo didn't turn out well. Samsung needs to do more QC of its ROMs, just as Kobo needs more QC of these units. My first was a lemon, and I found my Kobo Vox froze after 15 hours of being plugged in without use. I'll bet the WiFi or other software crashed again - I've had times where Wifi refused to turn on the first attempt.


At least that can be patched, unlike the first unit's issues.

I also take it you missed this thread - Vox Screen (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155082). Good Ereader didn't see any issues with the screen, nor do I recall PCMag (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395538,00.asp) having quibbles. To quote the latter:

"The 1024-by-600 multitouch FFS+ screen shines brightly, although the brightness can either be automatically adjusted via a light sensor or manually adjusted for "night mode". I didn't have a chance to play with the Kobo in bright sunlight (where E-Ink displays like those used by the Touch excel) but the Vox wasn't washed out from sunlight through a window."


I was just outside in direct sunlight (gorgeous fall day with noon sun) and unfortunately, like pretty much any other LCD screen, it does wash out in direct sunlight (not to mention if I'm not blocking the sun with my body somehow, I get a very nice mirror reflection of the sun blinding me.

That said, I am able to read if I'm able to find some share or can get into a position where the sun is not directly on the screen. This is with full brightness on. However, because this is a glass screen, you still get major reflections of yourself (and what an ugly mug I have..I need a shave..) and the surrounding area, not to mention that finger printers and swipes show up very clearly outside, so you need to make sure you have a cloth available at all times.

One thing that surprised me was that the eee pad transformer, which was more washed out under overcast conditions, seemed to fare better in direct sunlight.. I still had the sun reflecting off the screen, but the words of the book were not as washed out as the kobo..I'm really not sure how to explain this...

In any case, these of course are my opinions, and may differ from the opinions expressed by this network and it's affiliates. Viewer discretion is advised.

Edit - Just wanted to add to this; I'm not saying the screen is poor by any means; it's actually a very nice screen overall with great color; it's just not an outdoor screen.

SCION
10-30-2011, 02:12 PM
...

We are actually not the 51st state.

Maybe you can replace Texas when it goes solo. :D

kennyc
10-30-2011, 02:25 PM
Maybe you can replace Texas when it goes solo. :D

:rofl: If Only!

jswinden
10-30-2011, 02:44 PM
Maybe you can replace Texas when it goes solo. :D

:thumbsup: Probably about the same number of people, but I bet the Canadians are a lot nicer! Better climate for sure! Hey, I wonder if we could work out a deal where Canada would take in Rick Perry if we exile him? :D

3d0g
10-30-2011, 10:46 PM
Currently the Fire is not available in Canada. The Amazon services that make the Fire a great choice for some folks are also not in Canada. Amazon has a long history of treating Canadians like red headed step children, for example, last Xmas we could not order Kindles.

Sorry taming, my comment wasn't directed at you specifically. I know Amazon's left our northern neighbors "in the cold".

We've got a similar problem now with Borders gone - there's no way for us yanks to go hands-on with a Vox. Hence my inclination to hold out for the inevitable side-by-side shootout, (and 1st wave of the usual bug fixes from kobo).

cypherslock
10-31-2011, 03:04 AM
Devil's advocate here but note that the Kobo app is in the Amazon Appstore which means it should be installable on the Kindle Fire.

I definitely want a 7" color eReader, but I'm sitting on the fence until the Fire comes out. I was really hoping the FFS+ screen would deliver a somewhat usable outdoor reading experience but the early reports here seem to indicate otherwise.

Dude what? I was at my parents. Went outside. Bright and Sunny. The thing let me read with no issues at all in the sun.

cindiaugustine
11-05-2011, 08:15 PM
:Hey, I wonder if we could work out a deal where Canada would take in Rick Perry if we exile him? :D

No. (Need I say more?) :smack:

kennyc
11-05-2011, 09:22 PM
Dang!

Alans
11-07-2011, 04:59 PM
Does anyone know how to download Overdrive on the Kobo vox?

Psyke
11-07-2011, 05:40 PM
Does anyone know how to download Overdrive on the Kobo vox?

go to http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/AndroidEULA.aspx

tinted_tictac
11-13-2011, 01:56 PM
My Vox experience started out frustrating. I guess I expected the whole setup process to be more intuitive. I have the original Kobo and it was very easy to use, and was expecting the same for the Vox.

I bought the Vox on Thursday, it took me until Saturday to figure out how to get all my non Kobo books working. I now have my Calibre books imported into the Kobo app, Aldiko for my DRM books from eHarlequin and Overdive for my library books. Astro is awsome as a file manager. A big thanks to forums like these for guiding me along the way. I guess I expected alot of these apps to already be loaded to help along with the reading experience.

I haven't had any of the problems (knock wood) mentioned, and am just enjoying playing around with it. Overall a good buy and well worth it for me!

Cdesja5
11-13-2011, 02:55 PM
You know that you can use Aldiko for all of them don't you? Your Calibre books can be downloaded wirelessly into Aldiko using the Calibre server (thread explaining process here (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155802) )
Also, installing Dropbox on both the Vox and your computer will give you another way to transfer without the wire...

cindiaugustine
11-14-2011, 02:04 AM
Love that I now have Dropbox set up! I was constantly connecting to my PC and then disconnecting to check things, then re-connecting...Ugghh!

Wireless = Happy me!!

VillageBC
11-14-2011, 02:22 PM
I think I'm going to return mine for the new Sony eReader (PRST1). Not having an eReader before, I don't have anything really to compare it to. Except it feels like a host of compromises and does neither the tablet or ereader portion well.

Upon unpacking, and doing the usual setup of new device. First thing I try is to load up the free Franklin book, immediately force closes. Other books seem fine, but that one force closes. Try the Kobo appstore, Dolphin HD is the first thing and I use it on my phone so I go to download it. The file is corrupted and won't install. Both problems magically rectified themselves a couple days later.

Since the initial problems it frequently refuses to wake up from sleep. Regularly seems to have problems charging past 70%. The touch screen responsiveness is pretty bad, often missing the initial swipe/touch. In the dark, and with a black screen light bleed around the edges is rather noticeable, shame because the LCD screen itself is very nice. I did some heavy reading (hours) which is normal when I get into a book and the battery couldn't survive the ordeal, lasting about 7hrs. Which brings the stupidity of unable to charge via USB (even slowly) and the included ridiculous short corded AC adapter (can't use my phone charger either) so I couldn't plug it in while reading. The Kobo app lacks the ability to change background colour for reading, seriously who though white/black and black/white was actually good idea as your only option. I've installed Kindle and Aldiko to get around the issue that issue.

It's a shame, despite my problems with it which I partially blame on my expectations. I see potential in the device and I really do quite like it. Simply giving me the proper android market with proper sync with my google accounts would make it a lot more tolerable. I just expect that from an android device, my phones have it why not this?