Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Color


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Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare


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Kobo Arc
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time


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Kobo Arc 

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Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 5 GB More than 12.8x more storage capacity
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Significantly faster web browser 1,470ms vs 4,101ms 2.8x faster web browser
Thinner 11.5 mm vs 12.2 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Lighter weight 364 g vs 422 g Around 15% lighter weight
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution screen
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book 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

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Kobo Arc  vs NOOK Color 

The Kobo Arc features good gaming performance and useful e-reader features.
Kobo Arc

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Kobo Arc  vs
NOOK Color 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 169 ppi
Screen type LCD LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns No No


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
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, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes

form factor

Size 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm 127 x 205 x 12.2 mm
Weight 364 g 422 g
Headphone jack Yes Yes

technical specs

Kobo Arc  vs
NOOK Color 
RAM 1,024 MB 512 MB
Processor 1,500 MHz 800 MHz


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


Internal storage 64 GB 5 GB
Memory 64 GB 5 GB
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