Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs 10HD

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Aura HD
7.0
Arc 10HD
10.0
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Aura HD
8.6
Arc 10HD
8.8
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?

Aura HD
5.1
Arc 10HD
1.7
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Aura HD
n.d.
Arc 10HD
n.d.
Reviews from techradar.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Aura HD
6.8
Arc 10HD
7.1

Winner
Kobo Arc 10HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc 10HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura HD

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Much lighter weight 240 g vs 627 g 2.6x lighter weight
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 9.5 hour Around 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Front view of Kobo Arc 10HD

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc 10HD

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Much bigger screen 10.1" vs 6.8" Around 50% bigger screen
Much higher resolution screen 2560 x 1600 vs 1440 x 1080 Around 2.8x higher resolution screen
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Thinner 9.9 mm vs 11.7 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much faster processor 1,800 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 80% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger bookstore 3.5 M book vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 10% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Aura HD  vs
Arc 10HD 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 2560 x 1600
Screen size 6.8" 10.1"
Pixel density 264 ppi 298 ppi
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Infrared Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes No
Web browser Yes Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 4 GB 16 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 253 x 172 x 9.9 mm
Weight 240 g 627 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Aura HD  vs
Arc 10HD 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 2 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,800 MHz

bookstore

Bookstore Kobo Books Kobo Books
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.5 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No No
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