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Old 04-14-2012, 10:16 AM   #46
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Please try the Iconia before you buy one. Might be personal preference but I found the screen to be inferior to that of the Vox especially in portrait orientation for reading so I passed on it.
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Purchased the Iconia Tablet at $199. Actually its quite good unless you hold the screen to one side, which, with a 7" tablet you never do. Its very powerful, unlike the Vox, using the dual core Tegra 2 at 1GHZ and 1GB of memory. Browsing and watching movies is a blast since it plays all formats. Well worth the price. Has a 14 day return policy.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #48
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Purchased the Iconia Tablet at $199. Actually its quite good unless you hold the screen to one side, which, with a 7" tablet you never do. Its very powerful, unlike the Vox, using the dual core Tegra 2 at 1GHZ and 1GB of memory. Browsing and watching movies is a blast since it plays all formats. Well worth the price. Has a 14 day return policy.
Its only drawback is the 5h battery life (supposedly only under the heaviest of uses - eg, streaming video over wi-fi - but I've heard that moderate use is only 6h or so). If I could afford the $230 (after tax) right now, I'd've ordered it already...
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32GB PlayBook is the same price with more flash 32GB vs. 8GB, better cameras and HDMI so not as good for me yet.
Yeap, the PlayBook is a better deal. But keep in mind that it isn't an option for everyone. Some of us have been down that fringe platform road before and it is rarely the best place to be (sometimes because they die off, and sometimes because they change direction in an undesirable way).
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Yeap, the PlayBook is a better deal. But keep in mind that it isn't an option for everyone. Some of us have been down that fringe platform road before and it is rarely the best place to be (sometimes because they die off, and sometimes because they change direction in an undesirable way).
True though I would say the Vox is also a bit of a fringe device, at least right now. If it becomes a full out of the box Google Play supported device it will be less off the beaten path than it is at the moment.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:25 PM   #51
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Using it the same as a Vox, I have found the battery life of the Iconia to be a bit longer than the Vox (about six and three quarters hours VS six hours).

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The only problem I had with the Vox was its "finickiness". It took me ages to set up and update. By that time I was ready to tear my hair out. It does not have access to the full Android market but its an attractive design and an excellent E Reader.

The beauty about Apps, especially for E Reading, is the variety of different Readers. I use about 4 and all have different options that make reading a pleasure.

So the screen, of the Acer, isn't IPS - A 7" tablet is meant for personal viewing. The screen resolution at 1024x600 is excellent and colors are vivid. Plus its got Honeycomb 3.2 with ICS coming at the end of April, or so they say. It also runs NetFlix.

The best thing I like about the Acer is that its not proprietary like Kindle and Nook (which are next to useless in Canada).

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:03 AM   #53
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True though I would say the Vox is also a bit of a fringe device, at least right now. If it becomes a full out of the box Google Play supported device it will be less off the beaten path than it is at the moment.
Yes and no on the fringe bit. As a more technical user, I only used Google Play to grab the Kindle app and am more than happy to download most of my apps from the developer's website (so Google Play has since been removed). But I can see how life would be harder for a typical user who doesn't know how to or doesn't want to track down apps, and doesn't know how to vet the apps that they do find on the developer's site.
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Sadly, it looks like the asus that everyone was excited about is morphing into the first Google branded tablet which at the very least, makes its initial availability in Canada questionable.

So what are the alternatives now?

The acer iconia can now be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. How's that working for people with iconias?

Looks like the new samsung 7" also running ICE will be here in June, looks pretty decent:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...447e1f3015en02

Any others?
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:18 AM   #55
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Which Reader to Buy?

There's a whole thread here on which reader/tablet to buy.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=123

Personally I have a PlayBook that I really like and a Vox that I hate because it's so buggy and slooowwww.
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I have the Vox because it was a birthday gift. If I hadn't received it, I would have gone and bought a Kobo Touch or something, because all I wanted was the ability to read library books.

But the Vox does have a bunch of neat extras, besides just being an eReader. However, the most annoying part is the short battery life when using the Internet. Someone in my household has a Playbook and they never even bother turning it off, let alone turning off the wifi, and it goes for days without charging. If I start browsing the Internet with my Vox when it's only half-charged, I can't expect more than a couple of hours battery life.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:40 PM   #57
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I bought the Playbook and I hate the thing..I find it very frustrating to use and I already have an ipad and the kobo vox. I never use my playbook..I can't find any use for it.
I love my Kobo Vox, but I agree about the battery life..that and it's weight. If it was
slightly lighter and had better battery life I would love it..but I still think it's very special as an ereader right now. If I don't use it for a few days though I have to always recharge it.
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I use my PlayBook all day while sadly the Vox isn't getting a lot of use lately.

I still prefer the 7" format so I still hope Apple or MS will bring out smaller iPad and Surface devices as alternatives. The PlayBook still fits my needs but the way RIM is going I may need to look elsewhere. The Vox VPN and browser still don't fit my Business needs and wasn't meant to. Still a good reader and fun tablet.
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Battery life HAS improved since the latest update. I also added Easy Battery Saver to manage what's on/off and now I don't charge the Vox nearly as often as previously. My charge easily lasts all day now. Wake from sleep seems cured as well since it can be sleeping for hours with no visible decrease in the power level.
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I still prefer the 7" format so I still hope Apple or MS will bring out smaller iPad and Surface devices as alternatives.
Not sure about MS but don't hold your breathe waiting for Apple to bring out a $200 tablet. They have a faithful customer base willing to pay 2 or 3 times what anyone else would pay for their products.
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