Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Keyboard

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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

Reviews

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Keyboard 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Keyboard  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

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Kobo Vox

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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None Most E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Front view of Amazon Kindle Keyboard

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Much thinner 9 mm vs 13 mm More than 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 7 hour More than 4.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 274 g vs 403 g More than 30% lighter weight

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
Kindle Keyboard 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 169 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

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 123 x 190 x 9 mm
Weight 403 g 274 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kobo Vox  vs
Kindle Keyboard 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 8 GB 4 GB
Kobo Vox
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