Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Arc
6.5
NOOK HD
7.2
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Arc
8.6
NOOK HD
9.5
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?

Kobo Arc
10.0
NOOK HD
9.2
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Arc
7.7
NOOK HD
7.3
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Arc
7.8
NOOK HD
7.9

Winner
Barnes & Noble NOOK HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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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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Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 8 GB 8x more storage capacity
Doesn't use a proprietary power connector No (micro-USB) vs Yes (30-pin port) Somewhat common; Standardized connectors are cheap, compatible and easy to find
Much better Input/Output port micro-USB vs 30-pin port 100% better Input/Output port
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 4.5 hours Around 35% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,300 MHz More than 15% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Barnes & Noble NOOK HD

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 64GB) vs None Most E-Readers don't have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
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
Thinner 11 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Slightly lighter weight 315 g vs 364 g Around 15% lighter weight
Slightly higher resolution screen 1440 x 900 vs 1280 x 800 More than 25% higher resolution screen

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Arc  vs NOOK HD 

8.0
7.0
Personally, I prefer the Arc over the Kindle Fire HD—it has access to the Google Play market and a faster processor.
Kobo Arc

7.5
7.6
The Nook HD is beautiful in it's design.
NOOK HD

7.5
7.2

Overall

7.7 Out of 10
7.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
NOOK HD 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1440 x 900
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 242 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 8 GB
Expansion slot None microSD (up to 64GB)
Memory 64 GB 8 GB

connectivity

Kobo Arc  vs
NOOK HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB 30-pin 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 1,300 MHz

bookstore

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 194.4 x 127.1 x 11 mm
Weight 364 g 315 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes
Kobo Arc
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