Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Mini

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Arc
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?

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, bookstore 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
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
Significantly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Slightly higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution screen
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.6 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Front view of Apple iPad Mini

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Mini

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Much thinner 7.2 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 35% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Has cellular connectivity 4G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Bigger screen 7.9" vs 7" Around 15% bigger screen
Lighter weight 312 g vs 364 g Around 15% lighter weight

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Arc  vs iPad Mini 

7.5
7.9

7.5
9.0

Overall

7.7 Out of 10
8.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
iPad Mini 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
Screen size 7" 7.9"
Pixel density 215 ppi 162 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

Expansion slot None None
Memory 64 GB 64 GB

connectivity

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

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 1,000 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 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Weight 364 g 312 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc
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