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Kobo Arc

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the usability and reliability are generally positive. The size and value for money also get good feedback, but many are negative about the battery and storage. There are some mixed views about the build quality and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Kobo Arc is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kobo Arc

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 1 user review of Kobo Arc from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Tablet Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Kobo Arc Review

 

In the world of e-readers, Canadian company Kobo is a perennial also-ran in the U.S., coming in behind Amazon and Barnes & Noble even when it innovates ahead of both of its higher-ranking rivals. Kobo took its time getting into the low-cost tablet for...

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

No Bluetooth or HD output ; Display attracts smudges ; Running Android 4.0, not latest version ; No microSD slot

It runs well, the interface is well done, and there aren't any limits on the apps and media you can load on it. The Kobo Arc is a good value for the price and worthy competition for the Nook HD, Kindle HD, and even the Google Nexus 7.

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Kobo Arc

 

As the latest in a now long line of 7-inch tablets to hit the market with a sub-$200 price, the Kobo Arc attempts to set itself apart in two specific ways. The first is its folderlike interface called Tapestries that allows you to organize apps,...

The Kobo Arc features good gaming performance and useful e-reader features.

The Arc’s boxy build gives it an antiquated feel, it ships with an older OS, and its Tapestries feature can be buggy.

The Kobo Arc is a fine tablet that simply doesn't offer enough compelling reasons to seriously consider it.

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Kobo Arc

 

The Kobo Vox was a thoroughly forgettable Android tablet. It aped the Kindle Fire in price and form factor, but was otherwise a subpar performer in nearly every respect. Kobo rightfully went back to the drawing board, bringing us its second effort a...

Bright and crisp display. Solid design. Google Play access. Front-facing speakers

Some questionable Android modifications. Highly reflective screen. Mediocre battery life

The Kobo Arc is a great small-screen Android tablet, with strong performance, a crisp display, and, unlike some higher-profile competitors, access to the Google Play app store.

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Kobo Arc review

 

Kobo's latest Android tablet is a marked step up from previous efforts, but does it make for a compelling purchase in an increasingly crowded space?The small tablet space is becoming increa...

The message still remains the same. If you want the latest and greatest that Android has to offer from a small tablet, you buy a Nexus 7. If that's not the case, and you're in for something a little different, then the Kobo Arc is a fine choice to make.

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Kobo Arc review

 

Good value, fast working 7-inch Android tablet with Google Play apps

Google Play apps ; Tapestries interface ; Processing speed ; Reading

Lacks Bluetooth & HDMI out ; No rear-facing camera ; No micro SD card slot ; Average design

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Kobo Arc review

 

A competitively priced eBook reader tablet that rivals the Nexus 7 for flexibility

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Kobo Arc review

 

The Kobo Arc largely mirrors Kobo's existing e-readers in its design. Like the Kobo Glo, the Arc has a removable soft-touch plastic rear cover that's adorned with the Kobo open-book logo and cut with a pleasing quilted pattern. It's comfortable to...

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.

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Kobo Arc

 

Kobo has announced that its second-gen e-reader tablet will be out before Christmas.

The Kobo Arc will be available sometime in November. Stay tuned for our full review.

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Kobo Arc review

 

The Kobo Arc is the e-reader specialist's push into the mini tablet space, hoping to compete with similar sized models from Apple, Google and Amazon. Kobo is hoping to win over tablet buyers with its novel approach of ‘discovering' rather than...

Speedy performance, Tapestries feature, cheap

Uninspiring design, lack of cloud storage, no iPlayer support

The Kobo Arc is a decent addition to the 7in tablet stable, with its nippy performance and some unique and useful features, although lacking the branding power of its rivals.

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Kobo Arc

 

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...

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...

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