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Old 10-27-2011, 07:17 AM   #166
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I received the following reply from Kobo Support to my question, "Will I be able to download an Android Kindle app in order to read Kindle (AZW) formatted books from Amazon?"

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Thank you for contacting Kobo we sincerely apologize for the delay in responding to your email.
Please note, Amazon devices cannot be used with kobos devices its locked to Amazon network only.

Kobo Vox supports the following file formats:

For eBooks: EPUB, Fixed Layout EPUB, SMIL (multimedia EPUB) (.epub)
Text files (.txt)

Sincerely,
The Kobo Team
This appears to contradict an earlier statement by their CEO so I am somewhat doubtful as to it's veracity but I am going to hold off for now until I know for sure.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:10 AM   #167
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Good e-Reader has posted a lengthy and enthusiastic hands-on review of the Kobo Vox that should answer many questions:

http://goodereader.com/blog/electron...full-hands-on/
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:48 AM   #168
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I received the following reply from Kobo Support to my question, "Will I be able to download an Android Kindle app in order to read Kindle (AZW) formatted books from Amazon?"



This appears to contradict an earlier statement by their CEO so I am somewhat doubtful as to it's veracity but I am going to hold off for now until I know for sure.
that sounds like they misunderstood the question as they talk about kobo vs kindle "device" rather than "app". It's very possible (and quite likely) that they have very little knowledge of the Vox.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:52 AM   #169
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Good e-Reader has posted a lengthy and enthusiastic hands-on review of the Kobo Vox that should answer many questions:

http://goodereader.com/blog/electron...full-hands-on/

Very good review and reinforces expectations of the device. I did take a bit of an exception to the fact that they were stereotyping, implying that mothers only would love the device to use with their children. As a father of a two year old, I love reading to my daughter and cherish the time we spend doing it; t's one of those rare times you can get a toddler to sit quietly for more than a minute
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moolyn beat me to it, but what a wonderful thing to read in the morning! :-D

Yeah, sounds like that Kobo rep misunderstood. You can download a Kindle app and then read the books, just like on any other tablet/computer.

Gah, I'm so excited! I know I'm just happy about the review and wanting to forget the mishap with Lenovo. I spent the other night trying to explain to my fiance about Kobo, which he kept getting confused with Coby: "But their cassettes always crapped out too soon!"
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:59 AM   #171
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Good e-Reader has posted a lengthy and enthusiastic hands-on review of the Kobo Vox that should answer many questions:

http://goodereader.com/blog/electron...full-hands-on/
Thank you for linking to that review. The new Pulse feature is much more intriguing than I had originally thought, and I'm surprised yet glad that the GUI, or at least the launcher, is clearly Gingerbread, instead of being heavily obscured like the Nook Color. (If the tablet really is that 'open', would it be possible to install an alternative launcher then?... just for experimenting.) I guess that also means any interested hacker could eventually detail a method for enabling Android Market access on the Vox.

Bah, I kinda wish I waited for this Vox instead of getting a NC, but I know now at least from using a 7" tablet that I'd much rather a 10". Still, the Vox looks very nice.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:10 AM   #172
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Thank you for linking to that review. The new Pulse feature is much more intriguing than I had originally thought, and I'm surprised yet glad that the GUI, or at least the launcher, is clearly Gingerbread, instead of being heavily obscured like the Nook Color. (If the tablet really is that 'open', would it be possible to install an alternative launcher then?... just for experimenting.) I guess that also means any interested hacker could eventually detail a method for enabling Android Market access on the Vox.

Bah, I kinda wish I waited for this Vox instead of getting a NC, but I know now at least from using a 7" tablet that I'd much rather a 10". Still, the Vox looks very nice.

I think for books, 7" is great; I picked up a 10" for the wife's christmas gift(asus eee Pad), and like the iPad I had tested for work a couple years ago, it just gets a bit to heavy holding it one handed for extended periods of time. But lying flat on your lap or on a table, it does fine.

Personally, I think 6"-8" are good for books, both in terms of screen size and weight, but if you want to do newspapers/PDF's, you're better off with 10"+. Our 10 year old is going to flip for the Vox because she's started getting into graphic novels and I think it'll work fantastic for it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:14 AM   #173
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Any one else?

Hi I am new to android. Does anyone have any insight on whether we would be able to use amazon app store?

Also when I go onto GetJar, and choose my device as a Kobo Vox, there is no Kindle app available to download. Does that mean we wont be able to use other reading apps?
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That would just be getjar's settup i'd assume

Being the Vox is unlocked android. there's really no need to worry. change it to a different 'model' and instal the kindle app. or Sideload it, or instal another ap store.

there's no real limit!
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That would just be getjar's settup i'd assume

Being the Vox is unlocked android. there's really no need to worry. change it to a different 'model' and instal the kindle app. or Sideload it, or instal another ap store.

there's no real limit!
Thanks for the insight!
Is sideloading difficult to do? I've found this article: http://pocketnow.com/how-to/how-to-i...-android-phone
Is that how you do it? Is there anything I need to be wary of?
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #176
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Called Chapters

So...
I called my local Chapters, and they said that will not have any Vox to sell, for tomorrow. The employee said that now, they were not going to be released until Nov 4th.

Anyone else getting the same information?
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