Kobo Vox versus Kindle Fire :
Kobo Vox is in hot demand in the Frozen North, Canada.
Because the Kindle Fire is MIA
If you want a Kobo Vox in your Canadian stocking, I’d make sure it’s on the way. Already, Kobo is down to one colour out of four they started with – Henry Ford’s black.
That is partly because it is a great product – and leading edge. And it is partly because the main competition to the Kobo, the Kindle Fire, is not available for shipment to Canada.
This gives Kobo a big boost in the Kobo vs. Kindle war in Canada that has grown this year over touch screen ereaders. With the Kobo Vox and Kindle Fire hitting the market together, the battle now moves to tablets – at least what is being called a tablet, but is more of a hybrid cross between a tablet computer and an ereader.
Kobo Vox is a hit for Canadian soon.
For most people, a tablet is an iPad: 9.5” x 7.3”, with a 9.7” diagonal screen, weighing 1.3 pounds and starting at $499. These new hybrid devices are small, (7” colour screen display), light (14+ ounces), fit in your pocket, with a ton of storage and apps including movies, music, internet and email – and under $200.
There is little to choose between Kobo or Kindle from a product point of view but right now – at the height of the gift season — the Kobo Vox has the market all to itself up here. Amazon will only ship three of its Kindle readers to Canada this Holidays, two of them being from last year, and will not ship the new Kindle Fire.
So Kobo has a lock on perhaps the hottest trend of this gift season these holidays. And you, dear shopper, if you want one in time for Holidays had better hit this link for the Kobo Vox without reading one more line.
For those who wonder if they should wait for the Kindle Fire to come into Canada, the two big questions of course are: how long do you have to wait and is waiting worth it?
The first answer is maybe not that long. Latest news suggests that Kindle could be launching outside the U.S. as early as January 2012 with the U.K. touted as the first offshore market. Kindle rarely talks about its plans but Canada would be a logical addition at that time. But if you really want Kindle Fire too much you can read the trick to Buy kindle fire in Canada Here.
The second question should be easier to resolve by maybe not. The fact that Canadian buyers are having a tough time choosing between Kindle and Kobo is a tribute to Kobo, which came into the game late. Most people rate the latest of ereaders from both manufacturers pretty much even.
That’s the conclusion we came to in this article Kobo vs. Kindle. And it seems the debate continues with the Vox and the Fire.
They are quite alike —7.5” high and 4.7” wide and 5.06” wide for the Fire and Vox respectively. Screen size is the same at 7” (diagonal); memory is the same at 8GB; weight is virtually identical at 14.2oz for the Kobo Vox and 14.6 oz for the Kindle Fire.
The Kobo is likely to be a bit less expensive, listing at $199 Canadian. The Kindle Fire is $199 US and when it does come into Canada, you will have to pay duty.
What this suggests is that if you have decided you want one of these new toys, why would you wait for Amazon to remove the finger?
But see for yourself with these links:
To check over the specs on the Kindle Fire go here. But remember you can only buy it if you have it shipped to a U.S. residential address.
To check over the specs on the Kobo Vox go here. Click on Kobo Vox when you get there and, if you like it, buy it. They’re going fast.