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Better Quality Control for the Vox?
#1  pokee 10-26-2011, 03:12 PM
I saw in another post by Taming that the Vox is being manufactured by Wistron--which used to be part of Acer. So...it got me thinking: what exactly is Kobo's role in the production of the Vox if they are manufactured by Wistron? Do they simply load the software and test them and package them? Or do they do any of the assembly/build part of production?

Anyone think we may see better quality control from Kobo for the Vox (vs. what we've seen from the Kobo original/Wi Fi/KT)? I don't feel as nervous buying the first generation of the Vox since the tablet world is really quite established. I am expecting problems with screens to be less frequent/non-existent, too - since we're not dealing with e-ink anymore. I have a feeling there may be disappointments in processing speed and with the Android OS and apps (and maybe small glitches that may need to be fixed), but not as many severe and frequent issues that have come up for hardware as there have been for the other Kobo products.

All of the issues I've had with my Kobo WiFi have been related to the firmware upgrades and desktop app...and somehow I am thinking we'll see less of these for the Vox.

What do you think?
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#2  taming 10-26-2011, 04:42 PM
Amazon is not making its tablet. Nor is B&N. Heck, Apple doesn't make the iPAD either. All of them are involved in decisions regarding design and features. I am sure that is true for Kobo and the Vox as well.

I mentioned Wistron because they have a good reputation in terms of hardware build. Android 2.3 is Android 2.3. The Kobo part of it all has to do with how they build out the App that will run on the tablet. From what I hear, they have a great team working on that. Kobo is not forking or adding a custom UI to the tablet. That should be a good thing.

What we don't know is if the app that runs on the Vox will be more fully featured than other Android Apps.
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#3  filmo 10-26-2011, 05:41 PM
Vox quality of hardware and bug free Android installation is important. Bugs in e-reader application is easily solved by changing to another of many available free apps. This gives Kobo, Kindle and everyone else big incentive to have great apps.
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#4  taming 10-26-2011, 06:14 PM
Despite the fact that the iOS APP has had sync problems since about the time Apple started making it difficult for other reading apps, it has always gotten rave reviews in their APP store. I know that the people who have had a chance to demo the Vox are loving the 1.0 app so far.

Of course 1.0 is, well, 1.0.
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