Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura vs 7HD


How do the screens stack up?

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Arc 7HD
Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

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Arc 7HD
e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

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Battery life


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Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Arc 7HD

Kobo Arc 7HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc 7HD  based on its display and bookstore.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura

Reasons to consider the
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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 8 hour 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Lighter weight 174 g vs 341 g Around 50% lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Thinner 8.1 mm vs 9.6 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Kobo Arc 7HD

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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
Significantly higher resolution screen 1920 x 1200 vs 1024 x 758 Around 3x higher resolution screen
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Much faster processor 1,700 MHz vs 1,000 MHz 70% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
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


Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 7HD 
Screen resolution 1024 x 758 1920 x 1200
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 212 ppi 323 ppi
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No


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


Expansion slot microSD 32GB None
Memory 4 GB 16 GB

form factor

Size 114 x 150 x 8.1 mm 122 x 194 x 9.6 mm
Weight 174 g 341 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes


Kobo Aura  vs
Arc 7HD 
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 1,700 MHz


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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