Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 10HD vs Fire HD 8.9"

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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?

Battery life

Reviews

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Kobo Arc 10HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc 10HD  based on its display.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc 10HD

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Kobo Arc 10HD

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Significantly higher resolution screen 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1200 Around 80% higher resolution screen
Bigger screen 10.1" vs 8.9" Around 15% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,800 MHz vs 1,500 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

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Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Thinner 8.8 mm vs 9.9 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Lighter weight 567 g vs 627 g Around 10% lighter weight
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.5 M book Around 15% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Arc 10HD  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Screen resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1200
Screen size 10.1" 8.9"
Pixel density 298 ppi 254 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking No Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 16 GB 64 GB

form factor

Size 253 x 172 x 9.9 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Weight 627 g 567 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Arc 10HD  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 2 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,800 MHz 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.5 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program No Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No
Kobo Arc 10HD
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