Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Glo vs Arc

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Glo
6.0
Kobo Arc
5.3
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Glo
8.6
Kobo Arc
8.6
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 Glo
9.8
Kobo Arc
5.5
Battery life, SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Glo
7.6
Kobo Arc
7.7
Reviews from pcmag.com and wired.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Glo
7.2
Kobo Arc
6.4

Winner
Kobo Glo 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Glo  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Glo

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Glo

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Much longer battery life 55 hour vs 10 hour 5.5x longer battery life; read more between charges
Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None About half of E-Readers have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Lighter weight 185 g vs 364 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 10 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Kobo Arc

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc

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Has an app store Google Play vs None Most E-Readers have an app store
Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Significantly faster web browser 1,470ms vs 3,860ms 2.6x faster web browser
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
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
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
Quicker recharging 3 hours vs 3.5 hours Around 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

Reviews Word on the street

Kobo Glo  vs Arc 

8.0
8.0

7.8
7.5

Overall

7.6 Out of 10
7.7 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Glo  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 Infrared Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No Yes
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No Yes
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls No No

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 2 GB 64 GB

connectivity

Kobo Glo  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

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 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

form factor

Size 114 x 157 x 10 mm 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 185 g 364 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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