[Serious] Kobo Touch - new firmware
If anyone else out there has been having fun playing whack-a-mole with their Kobo Touch (the screen does not always respond, when it does it skips pages) Kobo has issued a new firmware update which fixes that along with a multitude of other outstanding (and annoying) issues. The downside (one of many) is in true Kobo fashion they have altered the GUI, it now looks identical to that of the Glo or Mini units which hit the market a few weeks back. They have pulled the font Felbridge, but have altered they way dictionaries work so you need only use (and load) the ones you need. Once selected they will be downloaded the next time you sync the device. The store works, at times it would not and several of the store menus would not function.
While I am thrilled with the increased responsiveness and fixes I do like the visual appearance much older 1.97 layout, even some parts of 2.00 (which added font tuning). They added this new wish list bar on the main page which looks and feels completely out of place.
Overall I am happy the thing works (no more random crashes, errors, and games playing mash the screen till it works). Its more responsive, and feels a bit faster.
Wish they had this firmware out a few months ago; my experience with the Touch would have been less frustrating.
I don't have the Kobo Touch, but do have the Kobo Vox. Our major update since Kobo's new ownership (no longer Canadian) was around July of this year. I waited until Aug. to update after hearing good things about the update. The change was like night and day.
My mother's Vox would always do a factory reset every time she turn it on. I tried to get her to take it back, but she thought it was something she was doing (seniors ). She could never use it. After the update, not one factory reset. She now can watch movies and youtube, watch home videos, look at home pictures, listen to music, read books, surf the internet, and of course play Angry Birds. I got it all set up for her and using a 8GB micro sd card. Now she uses it every day. Got mine doing the same and using it daily (just caught up on the Walking Dead comics). I find the responsiveness and speed is a 100% better than what it was.
Go figure they are now stopping production of the Vox for the new Arc. Well, at least they will keep updating the Vox firmware.
The only downside to this is that you still can't get a replacement charger for the Vox. Who really wants to have to keep peeling of the back off and resetting the battery to see the correct level every time they use a 3rd party charger? Not, me.
Would like to find out what type of charger they are using for the Arc and it would be great if it was compatible and could be sold to those of us who own the Vox.
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Yes I read about that issue with the Vox, it seems to use a non-spec charging system (or a charging system built around the USB spec with modifications and much higher current limits). It seems you need a more powerful charger (one with 2 amps of output @ 5VDC) and either use only their USB cord or modify one so it functions like the Vox USB cord.
I expect the ARC will also require a more powerful charge system however I hope they designed it so it can trickle charge (thus doing away with proprietary cables and chargers).
North York, ON
|reply to Jackorama |
You can actually purchase a replacement charger for the Vox:
I purchased one when I had an issue with my Vox not charging. Turns out it was the connector in the Vox itself. Got it replaced by Kobo.
I don't think this charger will work with first gen Voxs, as I couldn't use my first gen Vox charger on my replacement Vox.
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|reply to Thane_Bitter |
People actually purchase a Kobo Vox? Had one for one hour. Nothing but trouble just to set up. It was a year ago. Finally returned it to FS.
North York, ON
I bought one 2 weeks after it released. No problems til it finally died a few months ago. 1st replacement's screen was completely nonresponsive, but 2nd replacement was perfect.
I just hate this new Kobo look, along with all the Google shit constantly loading and being in memory stating its been used recently, when those apps have never been used.
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|reply to resa1983 |
The replacement chargers have been "Out of Stock" for a while now. I read on other message boards that some people have been waiting and almost think that they will never be in stock. Just have to wait.