Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Touch

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc

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Kobo Arc

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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Can display in landscape mode Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support landscape mode
Supports the ePub open format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the ePub open format
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.2x higher resolution screen
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4 hours 25% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Amazon Kindle Touch

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Has cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x 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
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Thinner 10 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 213 g vs 364 g More than 40% lighter weight
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

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Touch 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 800 x 600
Screen size 7" 6"
Pixel density 215 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight None
Screen type LCD E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive Infrared
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No Yes

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 4 GB

connectivity

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Touch 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

Processor 1,500 MHz 800 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 119 x 173 x 10 mm
Weight 364 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc
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