Kobo Vox vs Kindle Fire – Who will win the newest ereader war?
Kobo has recently announced the launch of their Kobo Vox, which is going to compete head-to-head with the new Kindle Fire come the holiday system. It is, like the Fire, as much a tablet as it is an ebook reader, and is also based on Android. However, there are some major differences -
The Kindle Fire does not have access to the full Android Market. However, it does have access to all the Amazon Marketplace and all of the Amazon content, including the video on demand service and mp3 system (which has effectively replaced iTunes for me. I can’t tell you the last time I bought any music on iTunes. I buy everything on my cell phone through Amazon mp3).
So, if you really want the access to the full market, the Kindle Fire might not be your choice. However, I will say this – there are so many apps on the Amazon Marketplace, you won’t be missing much. Many of the popular apps are on both, and for me, having access to all the other Amazon stuff will make it worth it for me. If you want all the Amazon Marketplace apps like I do, go with the Kindle Fire instead.
The Kindle Fire has stouter hardware overall. The processor in the Fire is much faster than in the Vox. The Fire has a dual-core processor that screams, while the Vox has a bit slower processor at 800 megahertz. As far as storage goes, The Vox and the Fire both start with 8 gigs, but the Vox allows you to expand the storage with a memory card up to 40 gigs. Of course, you have unlimited storage with the Amazon Cloud storage on the Fire, so that’s pretty much a wash.
Both devices have about the same same screen at around 7 inches, and the are both color screens as well. On the Kobo you can read book in the epub format, and on the Kindle you can read all the books available on Amazon. Amazon clearly has the largest selection of books available!
Personally, and this should be no surprise since this is a Kindle blog, I am still all for the Kindle Fire over the Kobo Vox. All the access to the content on the Amazon platform makes it worth it to me, even though I don’t get the full Android Market. As I mentioned in my last post, Amazon is moving more and more toward an Apple-like experience for its users, and I want to be a part of that. However, if not having the Android Market is a no-go for you, the Vox might be a perfect fit.