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Old 10-29-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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My Impressions, Unboxing and Review - Video

Hey all,
I did a video review for the Vox. It includes and unboxing, demo and review.
Here's a link:
Part 1: http://youtu.be/B-1DtfLs85A
Part 2: http://youtu.be/w7DZJvf7g-Q

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Fabulous review!

I appreciate you breaking down the shortcomings of the reader app in comparison to the Kobo iPad app. It's the same way with the Android app. Stripped down features compared to the iPad. Don't understand the favoritism the iPad app receives. More importantly it's shocking the Kobo Vox is really lacking as an eReader compared to the iPad app with the lack of customization. Also, just the choice of a white or black background when reading is dated. At least give us the standard Sepia background available on the iPad app. It appears they just ported the Android app for tablets (only available on select tablets) over to the Kobo Vox.

Edit: Disappointing that there is no way to organize content. I would expect there to be that ability. The NOOKcolor has been out for a year and that should have been used as a guide for a device with a feature rich stock reader app. But then again, the Android app can't organize content, and it appears that's what they used. Folks have been moaning and groaning about lack of content organization on the Kobo Touch.

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:42 PM   #3
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Nothing really shocking about it. iPad has a huge percentage of the tablet market, a very substantial share of the smartphone market and iTunes to promote content (including Kobo). Android is pretty much in the dust in comparison. Kobo has put a good deal of effort building its case on Apple devices. But, as we have seen, Kobo is a scrappy developer and has clearly shown interest in Android. You can expect parity down the road as Kobo continues to integrate all reading environments with core Kobo platform attributes.
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...But, as we have seen, Kobo is a scrappy developer and has clearly shown interest in Android. You can expect parity down the road as Kobo continues to integrate all reading environments with core Kobo platform attributes.
Would be nice to hear that from the horse's mouth. There have been inquiries (in this forum and Kobo support forums) about the shortcomings of the Android app in comparison to the iPad app and I haven't seen any responses from Kobo.
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I'm hoping that the lack of comparable features is because it is new. Although I would expect that a dedicated device would go above and beyond. It seems like they focused on the Pulse feature, and forgot the main use of the device — reading.
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True and, as Roxy noted, they seem to be more concerned about the Pulse feature. While some may be right in saying that they expect firmware updates I don't want those to be showing up six months from now.

Life is too short to deal with a product's shortcomings for six months.

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Would be nice to hear that from the horse's mouth. There have been inquiries (in this forum and Kobo support forums) about the shortcomings of the Android app in comparison to the iPad app and I haven't seen any responses from Kobo.
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I would love to watch your Vox review on my Vox but youtube wont play again!!!! What is going on???
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After foloing around exploring, experimenting, for better than 24 hours, here's the best tip of all: install the Opera Mobile browser (version 11.5.1 is current). It will completely change your impression about the hardware. Video is smooth, web pages are gorgeous.
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I installed Opera and I've had really no difference in browsing - in fact, now it's a pain because every time I go to a new webpage from the pre-installed browser, I get a notification question asking which browser I want to use. ARRRGGGHHHH!!!! Do I have to uninstall Opera to get that to disappear, or can I set one as the default?
You can set any app as the default one. If you change your mind and no longer want it as the default you can clear that setting in the "Manage Applications" option within settings.
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I appreciate you breaking down the shortcomings of the reader app in comparison to the Kobo iPad app. It's the same way with the Android app. Stripped down features compared to the iPad. Don't understand the favoritism the iPad app receives.
Simply a question of "where the money is", I think; the iPad dominates the tablet market, so naturally that's where the development effort is concentrated.
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Simply a question of "where the money is", I think; the iPad dominates the tablet market, so naturally that's where the development effort is concentrated.
I can understand that to a point. But, one would expect their own Android tablet to be comparable to their flagship iPad app. Based on what you're saying, one could assume that the Vox stock reader app will continue to be lacking in features since it's simply the Android tablet app. That seems to be the attitude with Kobo because you can't get any questions answered about missing features in the Android app. Seems like they don't want to come out and say, "The iPad app is the main focus of our development efforts."

Heck, they don't even have a tablet version of the Android app in the Google Market. Many people have large screen Android tablets now. This isn't early 2011 when there was just the Motorola Xoom. All that's available is the lackluster phone version of the app which was updated in June to include Reading Life features. There have been no updates since then.

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I can understand that to a point. But, one would expect their own Android tablet to be comparable to their flagship iPad app. Based on what you're saying, one could assume that the Vox stock reader app will continue to be lacking in features since it's simply the Android tablet app. That seems to be the attitude with Kobo because you can't get any questions answered about missing features in the Android app. Seems like they don't want to come out and say, "The iPad app is the main focus of our development efforts."
One could look at it the other way and anticipate that the release of the Vox will be the trigger for Kobo to bring the Android app at least up to par with the iPad version.
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One could look at it the other way and anticipate that the release of the Vox will be the trigger for Kobo to bring the Android app at least up to par with the iPad version.
So it's gonna be like the Kobo Touch? Features that should've been there from day one may show up eventually? Give it a year and the feature set should be robust. People are always asking about shelves/collections/tags on the Kobo Touch. Why isn't that in the Vox stock reader app? We're talking basic stuff here. Again, the NOOKcolor has been around awhile. Use that as a guide. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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