The Kobo Vox was officially released today and at Good e-Reader we have filmed our own in-house review and comparisons vs. other e-readers, such as the Nook Color. We had plenty of time to experiment with the device and have compiled a fully featured application list you can download right to your device.
The Kobo Vox has the ability to load in your own books, pictures, video, and applications. By default it comes with the GetJar app market, with over 15,000 apps. I found that it severely lacked in some content you would want, such as a good file manager. The Vox does come bundled with plenty of apps to get you reading right away, but what about Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Aldiko, or Droid Comic Viewer? We installed all of these applications without any problems on our review unit. You can also install alternative market places such as Amazon App Store, Andappstore, and many others. We found that the official Google Android Market is NOT supported.
Most of these download links come from the official websites or our own servers. You can use the Kobo Vox Web Browser to download all of these applications right to your device. Once they’re downloaded, you can pull down the top menu by swiping downwards. This will show you all of your recent downloads. You can click on the dedicated application and install it. If you have not authored your Kobo Vox to install 3rd party applications you will be re-directed to your settings menu so you can enable apps from unknown sources. Remember, the Kobo Vox is an open Android Tablet. Most Android apps will work with the current Android 2.3 operating system that it ships with.
Update November 3rd 2011: We have added lots more applications to this list.
Independent Reading Apps
Mainstream Reader Apps
Comic Book Reader Apps
App Markets (Revised Links)
- Adobe Flash 10.3
- Adobe Flash 11
- Meridian – Best Multimedia Player for Music and Videos
- Dolphin HD – Web Browser
- ES File Explorer
- Astro File Manager
- Google Gmail
- Android PDF Reader
That is our list of essential applications for your Kobo Vox Reader and Tablet. If you have any requests for us to post that are legal to download let us know, and we will post them for you.
Update: Jan 17 2012
We have created a new Android App Store specifically for the Kobo Vox and Kindle Fire!! All of the apps are certified by us and put an emphasis on the apps listed here! Check it out at http://goodereader.com/apps/ You can also download the new APP CLIENT which automatically installs and updates all Android e-reading apps, games, comic book readers and tons more! Download the client HERE.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.