We previously reported on the Kobo Vox when it was announced as the “world’s first social eReader”. It’s a nice 7-inch Android tablet with a $200 price tag. While it won’t give Amazon’s the run around on specs and features, it is a decent addition to the 7-inch, $200-tablet space. It’s already available now, so it at least has Amazon and Barnes and Noble beat as far as availability (though at least here in the US the Vox doesn’t seem to be available in stores, only online ordering).
As you can see, it’s available in several different colors, which is a nice touch. It also has Gingerbread on board, and a 1024 x 600 resolution AFFS+ screen that is very readable in sunlight. Kobo is really pushing the social features of the Vox, where you can see the “pulse” of a book (demonstrated in the hands-on video below) — how many other people are reading it, what they think about it. Also demonstrated in the video is a read-along feature for children’s books, another nice e-reader feature to include. Since it sounds like an audiobook synced along with word highlighting on-screen, this feature will probably vary in availability depending on the publisher.
Take a closer look at the Kobo Vox in the quick hand-on video: