Kobo Arc 

Released November, 2012
  • Wi-Fi
  • 7"
  • 1280 x 800
  • 64 GB
7.8 Out of 10

In real world usage the Arc felt zippy and responsive, with quick app launches and fast Web browsing performance.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)
The Kobo Arc features good gaming performance and useful e-reader features.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)

Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Kobo Arc

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Arc
6.5
NOOK HD
7.2
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Arc
8.6
NOOK HD
9.5
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Kobo Arc
10.0
NOOK HD
9.2
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Arc
7.7
NOOK HD
7.3
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

7.8

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Arc
7.8
NOOK HD
7.9

Reviews Word on the street for the Kobo Arc


8.0
Personally, I prefer the Arc over the Kindle Fire HD—it has access to the Google Play market and a faster processor.

7.5
The Arc features a 7-inch IPS screen running at a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels.

7.5

Overall

7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Processor

The Kobo Arc houses a 1.5GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 CPU and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)
That's the same processor found in the more powerful Kindle Fire HD 8.9" model, the 7-inch model uses an older TI OMAP 4460 chip.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)
The Arc is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor with 1GB RAM.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Display

The 1,280-by-800-pixel, 7-inch IPS display is pretty much standard fare at this point.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)
The bezel is awkwardly narrow and isn't flush with the screen, making it difficult to hold in one hand without part of your thumb spilling over onto the display.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)
In our battery rundown test, which loops a video with screen brightness set to max and Wi-Fi on, the Arc lasted only 4 hours, 40 minutes.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Web browsing

It's easily worth considering for its strong performance and access to the Google Play market, but it still comes up a bit short against our Editors' Choice, the Google Nexus 7.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)
The Arc outperformed the 7-inch Fire HD and was pretty evenly matched with the Nexus 7 on our benchmarks, winning in some cases and coming up a bit short in others.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Price

It aped the Kindle Fire in price and form factor, but was otherwise a subpar performer in nearly every respect.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)
Admittedly, I've never been big on pinning or scrapbooking, so while it adds some eye candy and better organization, I didn't get much value out of that feature.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Google play

While its Android modifications are a bit questionable, Kobo pulled off one great, and possibly deal making, feature for the Arc: full access to the Google Play app store.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Screen resolution 1280 x 800
Screen size 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight
Screen type LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes
Text to speech Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes
Web browser Yes
Stereo speakers Yes
Evernote integration Yes
Landscape mode Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Parental controls No

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
Expansion slot None
Memory 64 GB

connectivity

Input/Output port micro-USB
Cellular data None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books
EBookstore size 3.2 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38
Reader-to-reader lending No
Cloud storage Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No

form factor

Size 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 364 g
Interface touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes
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