I’ve ordered this and it looks like I will be able to receive and review it before I get the Kindle Fire. The feature set of the $199 Kobo Vox is really good:
It has full open access to Android 2.3 and the Android Marketplace rather than the Amazon forked access. This means you could, if you wanted, download and use the Kindle Amazon app along with the nook App and Aldiko and any number of reading apps available on the Android platform.
It has WiFi and Micro USB, a 7″ AFFS+* multimedia display with a 1024×600 resolution. The device ships with 8GB of memory and a SD slot. It weighs about 14.2 ounces. More tech specs here. The processor is on the slow side: 800 Mhz; 512 RAM.
*Advanced Fringe Field Switching Technology, supposedly looks good outdoors as well as indoors.
|Kindle Fire||Kobo Vox||Nook Color|
|Screen||7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors||7″ AFFS+ multimedia display; 1024 x 600 resolution, Multi-touch screen with Anti-glare and exceptional +/- 89 viewing angle||7″ multi-touch display, 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch (PPI)|
|Weight||14.6 ounces||14.2 ounces||15.8 ounces|
|Processor||1 GHz TI OMAP dual-core SoC, 512 RAM||800 Mhz; 512 RAM||ARM Cortex-A8 processor running at 800 MHz, 512 RAM|
|Android OS||Forked 2.3 “Gingerbread”||Open 2.3||Forked Android 2.2 “Froyo”|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0 micro, does not support ad-hoc (peer to peer) networks||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB||Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and micro USB (also does not support ad-hoc wifi networks)|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.||Built-in speaker and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack||Built-in mono speaker and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack|
|Battery||7-8 hours||7 hours||8 hours|
|Internal Memory||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB, but only 5GB available for storage and 4GB of that is reserved for BN purchased content|
|External memory||No, but free cloud storage for any AMZN purchases, 5 GB storage for personal documents||32 GB SD Memory Card||32 GB Micro SD Memory Card|
|Formats||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.||Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB. Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP Audio: MP3, AAC, .3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid. Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm*It should be noted that because of the open access to the full Android marketplace, Kindle consumers can use the Vox by downloading the Kindle App||EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM), PDF; Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX; Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP; Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC; Video: MP4|
|Avaiability||U.S. only. Int’l version planned||U.S ship date October 28, 2011. International shipping to begin soon thereafter.||U.S. only.|