Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura vs 7

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Aura
5.5
Arc 7
4.9
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Aura
8.6
Arc 7
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?

Kobo Aura
5.5
Arc 7
1.6
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Aura
n.d.
Arc 7
n.d.
Reviews from mashable.com, goodereader.com and engadget.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Aura
6.3
Arc 7
5.0

Winner
Kobo Aura 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura  based on its display and 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 longer battery life 30 hour vs 9 hour More than 3.2x longer battery life; read more between charges
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Significantly thinner 8.1 mm vs 10.1 mm Around 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 174 g vs 360 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 7

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Kobo Arc 7

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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
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 20% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger bookstore 3.5 M book vs 3.2 M book 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

Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 7 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 169 ppi
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD 32GB microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 4 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm 122 x 194 x 10.1 mm
Weight 174 g 360 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 7 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No Yes

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 1 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 1,200 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, 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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