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. But Kobo is a minnow in the cut-throat tablet industry, and it just can’t compete with the scale of the behemoth that is Asus: six months on, and the Google Nexus 7 is still the best small tablet you can buy that doesn’t begin with the...
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. While we wish it ran the latest version of Android, the Arc's Tapestry feature helps set it apart from other 7-inch tablets. If you're seeking a good alternative to the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the Kobo Arc is a compelling option.
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. Arc supports any of the 600,000 apps from Google Play inside a brand new user interface called the Tapestries Discovery Edition – and it’s this that gives the Arc a unique selling point.
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. Finally, both do a fair job at video and audio, but we put them head to head to see which one’s better.
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. I am based in Canada and can’t even buy a Kindle Fire or Kindle Paperwhite or Nook reader. Even if I were to import it, both companies limit the amount of content I can buy.
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. It is possible to use the Kindle Fire 2 in Canada, but you won’t be able to purchase Amazon Instant Movies and a number of other critical factors.
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. Unlike rivals though, the Kobo Arc runs more traditional Android as Google intended it. Can its dual-core 1.5GHz processor and copious amounts of storage - up to 64GB - help it stand out from the crowd? Let’s take a look.
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 like it: it’s also tough too, as Kobo claims the sturdy slate can survive a drop of up to 1.5m. The specs are reasonable, with a nippy processor and healthy 1GB of RAM that keep ...
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 lacks the new features and sprightly under-the-hood updates of the more recent 4.2 “Jelly Bean”. But there’s a more general problem: the price. Exactly like its e-reader rivals...
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 Android-based eBook reader?