Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Fire

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

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, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Arc 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc

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Kobo Arc

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Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 5.5 GB Around 11.8x more storage capacity
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly lighter weight 364 g vs 413 g More than 10% lighter weight
Faster web browser 1,470ms vs 2,517ms More than 40% faster web browser
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution screen
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4 hours 25% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 35% longer battery life; read more between charges
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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
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device Yes Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers Yes Yes
Evernote integration Yes Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Internal storage 64 GB 5.5 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,200 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
Bookstore Kobo Books Kindle Store
EBookstore size 3.2 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 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 364 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc
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