Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs Fire HD 7"

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

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7" 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc 7

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Kobo Arc 7

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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
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7"

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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
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
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
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Arc 7  vs
Kindle Fire HD 7" 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1280 x 800
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi 215 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

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

form factor

Size 122 x 194 x 10.1 mm 193 x 137 x 10.3 mm
Weight 360 g 395 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Arc 7  vs
Kindle Fire HD 7" 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

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 8 GB 16 GB
Kobo Arc 7
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