Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7 vs HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Arc 7
4.9
NOOK HD
6.5
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Arc 7
8.8
NOOK HD
9.5
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?

Arc 7
1.6
NOOK HD
1.9
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Arc 7
n.d.
NOOK HD
7.3
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Arc 7
5.0
NOOK HD
5.9

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD  based on its display, bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc 7

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc 7

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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
Thinner 10.1 mm vs 11 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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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
Higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1024 x 600 More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Slightly lighter weight 315 g vs 360 g Around 15% lighter weight
Slightly faster processor 1,300 MHz vs 1,200 MHz Around 10% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Arc 7  vs
NOOK HD 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1440 x 900
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi 242 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 8 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 122 x 194 x 10.1 mm 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 360 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Arc 7  vs
NOOK HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin port
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,200 MHz 1,300 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 7
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