Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Fire

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Vox
10.0
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Amazon Kindle Fire 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire  based on its performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Vox

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None Most E-Readers don't have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire

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Much faster web browser 2,517ms vs 7,931ms 3.2x faster web browser
Thinner 11.4 mm vs 13 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 800 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
Kindle Fire 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1024 x 600
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 8 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Kobo Vox  vs
Kindle Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None

technical specs

RAM 512 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,200 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kindle Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No

form factor

Size 128 x 192 x 13 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 403 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Vox
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