Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Arc

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Kobo Vox
5.3
Kobo Arc
6.5
Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

Kobo Vox
10.0
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 Vox
5.5
Kobo Arc
9.3
Battery life and SunSpider

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Vox
6.6
Kobo Arc
7.7
Reviews from multiple trusted sites

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

Kobo Vox
6.6
Kobo Arc
7.7

Winner
Kobo Arc 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Arc  based on its display, performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

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Expandable memory microSD (up to 32GB) vs None Most E-Readers don't have an expansion slot ; store more content with a removable microSD card
Customer loyalty program Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) About half of E-Readers support customer loyalty program
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (Kindle Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Bigger bookstore 4 M book (Kindle Store) vs 3.2 M book (Kobo Books) Around 25% larger e-bookstore size; totalling paid & free books, this reader's bookstore offers a larger selection of reading material
Front view of Kobo Arc

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Kobo Arc

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Much faster web browser 1,470ms vs 7,931ms 5.4x faster web browser
Thinner 11.5 mm vs 13 mm More than 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Much faster processor 1,500 MHz vs 800 MHz Around 90% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Higher resolution screen 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution screen
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; read more between charges

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kobo Vox  vs
Arc 
Screen resolution 1024 x 600 1280 x 800
Screen size 7" 7"
Pixel density 169 ppi 215 ppi
Built-in light LED backlight LED backlight
Screen type LCD LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Flashes screen black during page turns No No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) None
Memory 8 GB 64 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 192 x 13 mm 189 x 120 x 11.5 mm
Weight 403 g 364 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack Yes Yes

connectivity

Kobo Vox  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 512 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,500 MHz

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kindle Store Kobo Books
EBookstore size 4 M book 3.2 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 1.89 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.95
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes No
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels
Has retail store locations No No
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Comments

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This website is unreliable. They say that the vox's supporting ecosystem is better than the arc's, while it's the exact same one on both devices.
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