Summary: On paper, the Kobo Arc is better than both the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD. That in itself is impressive: the company’s on the right lines with a low-price tablet that doesn’t remove Google’s own services just to spite the search giant.
Summary: The Arc succeeds where the Vox fell flat: Kobo's newest 7-inch e-reader tablet has a longer lasting battery, full access to the Google Play Store, and processing power comparable to Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Conclusion: The Kobo Arc tablet straddles two Android tablet personality types. It’s a basic, $200 tablet with a friendly user interface meant to be easily grasped by less tech-savvy users. But it also offers the openness and full access to the Google Play app store, like a standard Android tablet.
Pros: Tapestries provide a novel way to interact with a tablet, Smooth, speedy performance, Good display with wide viewing angles, Pre-loaded apps are well curated
Cons: No Bluetooth or HD output, Display attracts smudges, Running Android 4.0, not latest version, No microSD slot
Kobo Arc — is it an eReader or a full-blown tablet?
1 February 2013
Excerpt: Is Kobo’s new touchscreen an e-reader or a full-blown tablet? Presented to us at a side-show at Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel during the recent IFA exhibition, the successor to the last November’s Vox is a seven-inch, 364g colour touchscreen tablet running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Conclusion: Today, we check out the main facets that differentiate both tablets from each other. Both devices are running Google Android, but have developed customized UI elements to make them stand out in a crowded segment. We will show you the ebook, e-reading, magazine, newspaper, and comic book experience.
Conclusion: The Kobo Arc is the best tablet the company has ever released. It perfectly blends cutting edge hardware with a very unique Android experience. It runs basically any app or game that you can throw at it, and takes it in stride. The entire Kobo ecosystem appeals to people living internationally.
Pros: Excellent Hardware, Android 4.0, Tapestries, Great Store Experience, Wide Array of Bundled Apps, Solid Price, Firmware Automatically Updates, Front Facing Speakers with SRS technology, Google Certified
Cons: No MicroSD or SD, Graphic Novel and Comic Book Selection Lacks, No Rear Facing Camera, Needs a Certain Kind of DC Charger to Power the Unit.
Conclusion: The one benefit going for the Kobo Arc is how compatible it is with a large number of markets. Sure there is comparable hardware from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but unless you live in the USA, you are missing out on the majority of their content.
Summary: The basics The Kobo Arc is just one of a bunch of new seven inch slates with much the same premise: they’re based on Android, don’t cost the earth, and have a heavy focus on books and media with built in stores and apps.
Pros: The Kobo Arc does not look like your regular tablet. In fact, with its 11.5mm thick, straight frame it feels much more like an e-reader, like Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, that just so happens to have a 1280x800 HD colour screen. It’s subtle, unlike the look-at-me white of the iPad mini, and we lik...
Cons: That design cuts both ways: the e-reader look means that the display sits much lower than the frame, which isn’t so great for video. Colours too are a bit washy, and pale in comparison to the stunning display on the Nook HD. And the Kobo Arc only runs Android 4.0, a version now a year old, that l...
Excerpt: The Kobo Arc arrived hot on the heels of the Kindle Fire HD and Barnes & Noble Nook HD as the latest in a line of tablet-based eBook readers. Now officially end of life, is it still worth picking one up second hand, should you look to Kobo's newer models, or does another manufacturer have the ideal...