Review: The Kobo Arc

In the e-reader market, the name Kobo comes after Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD. But Kobo’s latest e-reader called the Kobo Arc has the power to change the all scenario, as it features full access to the Google PlayStore and better battery life. In other words it can face the competition in the e-reading market.

Kobo Arc

The Kobo e-reader has a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Although the Kobo Arc’s touch screen IPS display is susceptible to glare, but yet the text was readable. The front side of the device features dual front facing speakers and a white bezel. The only physical buttons on the device are the volume key on the  right-hand side and the power button on its top.

The microUSB slot for charging the device is located on the bottom of the tablet, where as a 3.5 mm headphone jack is provided above the volume button. The device measures 7.45 x 4.75 x 0.5 inches and weighs about 12.7 ounces.

The tablet lacks a SD card slot but you have got three memory options such as 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively.

The Kobo Arc runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich along with Kobo’s own UI which is similar to Android. The system offers a range of apps including the Kobo Store, Help, Browser, Get Apps, Gmail, Quick Tour and Google’s Play Store.

The device has a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera that shoots HD video in 720p and a better battery that promises 8 hours and 55 minutes of battery life. The Kobo e-reader comes with multiple color options like purple, light gray, dark gray and deep blue colors.


The Kobo Arc has a longer lasting battery, full access to the Google Play Store and a better battery and processing power.  But still it packs an outdated version of Android, a reflective screen and lacks Bluetooth connectivity.

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