Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs 7

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Arc
5.3
Nexus 7
5.3
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Arc
n.d.
Nexus 7
n.d.
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
5.5
Nexus 7
5.3
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Arc
7.7
Nexus 7
8.3
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com and pcmag.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Arc
5.8
Nexus 7
6.0

Winner
Google Nexus 7 

Reader Rocket recommends the Google Nexus 7  based on its reviews.

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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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Faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,200 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Front view of Google Nexus 7

Reasons to consider the
Google Nexus 7

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Thinner 10.5 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Arc  vs
Nexus 7 
Screen resolution 1280 x 800 1280 x 800
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 215 ppi 215 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

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 No

form factor

Size 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm
Weight 364 g 347 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kobo Arc  vs
Nexus 7 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
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 1,200 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot None None
Kobo Arc
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