Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs 4

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Arc
5.3
iPad 4
7.8
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Arc
10.0
iPad 4
9.7
average NYT best sellers price and NYT's top selling titles

Performance

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

Kobo Arc
3.5
iPad 4
4.8
Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Arc
7.7
iPad 4
7.4
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Arc
6.4
iPad 4
7.2

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

Reader Rocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its display and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc

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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
Significantly lighter weight 364 g vs 652 g Around 45% lighter weight
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
Uses an open platform Yes vs No Somewhat common; can download ebooks from any source offering formats supported by device
Slightly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,400 MHz More than 5% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Noticeably bigger screen 9.7" vs 7" Around 40% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2048 x 1536 vs 1280 x 800 More than 3x higher resolution screen
Faster web browser 850ms vs 1,470ms More than 40% faster web browser

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
iPad 4 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 2048 x 1536
Screen size 7" 9.7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 263 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
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Parental controls No Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 16 GB

connectivity

Kobo Arc  vs
iPad 4 
Input/Output port micro-USB Lightning port
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,400 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes No
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 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm 241 x 186 x 9 mm
Weight 364 g 652 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
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