Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7HD vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Arc 7HD
8.5
iPad Mini
5.1
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Arc 7HD
10.0
iPad Mini
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 7HD
1.5
iPad Mini
1.8
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Arc 7HD
n.d.
iPad Mini
8.7
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Arc 7HD
6.8
iPad Mini
5.4

Winner
Kobo Arc 7HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc 7HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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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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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
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 768 Around 3x higher resolution screen
Much faster processor 1,700 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 70% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Mini

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Significantly thinner 7.2 mm vs 9.6 mm Around 25% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 7" Around 15% bigger screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Arc 7HD  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 1920 x 1200 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 7.9"
Pixel density 323 ppi 162 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 None None
Memory 16 GB 64 GB

connectivity

Arc 7HD  vs
iPad Mini 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes Yes

technical specs

RAM 1 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,700 MHz 1,000 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 122 x 194 x 9.6 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 341 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc 7HD
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