Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7HD vs Paperwhite


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


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

Battery life


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Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 

Reader Rocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite  based on its bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc 7HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc 7HD

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Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Much faster processor 1,700 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 2.2x faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution screen
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Much longer battery life 28 hour vs 8 hour 3.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
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
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Lighter weight 221 g vs 341 g More than 35% lighter weight
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.6 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
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


Arc 7HD  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 323 ppi 213 ppi
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes


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


Expansion slot None None
Memory 16 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 122 x 194 x 9.6 mm 116 x 170 x 9 mm
Weight 341 g 221 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes No


Arc 7HD  vs
Kindle Paperwhite 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

RAM 1 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,700 MHz 800 MHz


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
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