Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Arc

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Touch
5.2
Kobo Arc
5.3
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Touch
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?

Touch
3.2
Kobo Arc
6.4
SunSpider and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Touch
7.1
Kobo Arc
7.7
Reviews from wired.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Touch

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Touch

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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 184 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

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Has a built-in light LED backlight vs None Most E-Readers have a built-in light
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
Much faster web browser 1,470ms vs 4,903ms 3.3x faster web browser
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Much quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 800 x 600 Around 2.2x higher resolution screen

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Touch  vs
Arc 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 1280 x 800
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 166 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light None 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

Touch  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 800 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 165 x 10 mm 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 184 g 364 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes
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