Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 10HD vs 4

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Arc 10HD
10.0
iPad 4
8.7
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Arc 10HD
10.0
iPad 4
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Arc 10HD
1.7
iPad 4
1.8
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Arc 10HD
n.d.
iPad 4
7.4
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Arc 10HD
7.5
iPad 4
6.9

Winner
Kobo Arc 10HD 

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

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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
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (Lightning port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs Lightning port 100% better Input/Output port
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from Android reading app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary Android reading app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from PC app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary PC app
Bookstore read bookstore purchases from mac app Yes (Kobo Books) vs No (iBookstore) About half of E-Readers have a complementary mac app
Higher resolution screen 2560 x 1600 vs 2048 x 1536 More than 30% higher resolution screen
Faster processor 1,800 MHz vs 1,400 MHz Around 30% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly bigger screen 10.1" vs 9.7" Around 5% bigger screen
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Apple iPad 4

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Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.9 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Arc 10HD  vs
iPad 4 
Screen resolution 2560 x 1600 2048 x 1536
Screen size 10.1" 9.7"
Pixel density 298 ppi 263 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
Accelerometer Yes Yes

storage

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

connectivity

Arc 10HD  vs
iPad 4 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
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 1,400 MHz

bookstore

Bookstore Kobo Books iBookstore
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.45
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 36
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Has retail store locations No Yes

form factor

Size 253 x 172 x 9.9 mm 241 x 186 x 9 mm
Weight 627 g 652 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc 10HD
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