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.
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
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...
This 7-inch Android tablet is optimised for Kobo e-books, but it’s versatile
Good Gear Guide.au
5 August 2013
Summary: The Kobo Arc is a 7-inch Android tablet that offers value over the Google Nexus 7 in its Tapestries interface, tied into Kobo’s e-book store. It’s a device that sits between an e-reader and a vanilla tablet, and it’s made some compromises along the way.
Pros: Clean Tapestries e-book and magazine interface, Easy access to stock Android experience
Cons: Nexus 7 is faster, simpler, more features for same price, Discover bar can’t be removed from Home screen, Android 4.0 means animations, transitions aren’t always smooth
Conclusion: The Kobo Arc is a decent addition to the 7in tablet stable with its nippy performance and some unique and useful features. While it's unlikely to sell anywhere nearly as well as the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, in some cases due to branding rather than quality, we think it's definitely...
Excerpt: The Kobo Arc is not your ordinary Android tablet. Unlike many other low-cost Android tablets on the market today, it comes with a number of high-end features and little or no restrictions on the default software.