Kobo Arc 16GB 

Released November, 2012
  • Wi-Fi
  • 7"
  • 1280 x 800
  • 16 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)

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Reviews Word on the street for the Kobo Arc

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

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



7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


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)


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)


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)


The Arc’s boxy build gives it an antiquated feel, it ships with an older OS, and its Tapestries feature can be buggy.
by c|net (Feb, 2013)


In fact, the Discover bar actually served up some low-resolution banner ads.
by PCMag (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


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


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


Internal storage 16 GB
Expansion slot None
Memory 16 GB


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

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz


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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