Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura vs Arc

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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?

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Aura
n.d.
Kobo Arc
7.7
Reviews from mashable.com, goodereader.com and engadget.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Aura 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Aura

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Much thinner 8.1 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 30% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Expandable memory microSD 32GB vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Much longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Lighter weight 174 g vs 364 g 2.1x lighter weight
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

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Kobo Arc

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Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Significantly faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Slightly higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 758 More than 30% higher resolution screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes

storage

Expansion slot microSD 32GB None
Memory 4 GB 64 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 174 g 364 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 
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 1,000 MHz 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books Kobo Books
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.2 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, 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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