Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 10HD vs HD Plus

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

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc 10HD

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Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Significantly higher resolution screen 2560 x 1600 vs 1920 x 1280 More than 65% higher resolution screen
Thinner 9.9 mm vs 11.4 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Bigger screen 10.1" vs 9" More than 10% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,800 MHz vs 1,500 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD Plus

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Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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
Lighter weight 515 g vs 627 g Around 20% lighter weight
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
NOOK HD Plus 
Screen resolution 2560 x 1600 1920 x 1280
Screen size 10.1" 9"
Pixel density 298 ppi 256 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) microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 16 GB 32 GB

form factor

Size 253 x 172 x 9.9 mm 240.3 x 162.8 x 11.4 mm
Weight 627 g 515 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Arc 10HD  vs
NOOK HD Plus 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin 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 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.5 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes
Kobo Arc 10HD
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