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
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?
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 worth considering for anyone not already hooked on a certain brand or ecosystem. But please, Kobo - get iPlayer sorted out soon.
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. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the pre-installed operating system, and the Arc handles it quite well with its 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor.