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Kobo Arc

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Kobo Arc. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and design. The durability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative views about the reliability and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Arc is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Eugene Kim (

Kobo Arc 10HD


Kobo's Arc 10HD tablet has power to spare, but its heavy build and cumbersome Android customizations make it a tough sell at $400.

Sharp display. Ample processing power.

Heavy. Questionable Android skin.

Conclusions I respect Kobo's continued efforts to create an ideal Android tablet, and the company has made definite strides since the ill-fated Vox . The Arc 10HD has power to spare, but it's too big and heavy and the aggressive Android skin does all...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Kobo reveals three new tablets and three distinctly different price points


Kobo's three new tablets catch the eye with decent prices and mostly impressive specs.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Kobo Arc review


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.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (

Kobo Arc


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.

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

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

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Jan, 2013

Expert review by : LAPTOP Magazine (

Kobo Arc Review


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...

Full access to Google Play store, Durable design, Customizable interface, Social integration, Fast performance, High-quality audio

Outdated version of Android, Reflective screen, Bookstore lacks magazines and periodicals, No Bluetooth

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : (

Kobo Arc


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...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : EveryReview (

Kobo Arc Review


A well designed and user friendly tablet with a focus as a e-book reader, available in numerous colours it has access to the Google Play store which gives you a mass of apps and books to download.

Fast & Good Design, - Google Store Access

Screen can be reflective, - No Bluetooth

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Kobo Arc


Full-fat Android at a good price, Nice Tapestry system, Natural video

Woolly, lethargic audio

Not one for music buffs, but for everything else this tablet is a great budget option

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Kobo Arc


Kobo's latest tablet looks to compete directly with the likes of the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD, offering a device that's centred around content. There's a lot going for the Kobo Arc. It's well built and designed, even if it's not the prettiest...

Access to Google means plenty of freedom, tough display means it's drop resistant, Kobo hasn't tinkered too offensively with Android

Speakers suffer from vibration and distortion, Tapestries adds little, some problems with responsiveness, no Bluetooth

There's a lot going for the Kobo Arc. It's well built and designed, even if it's not the prettiest tablet around. It's powerful enough for most too, although there are faster devices out there that give a more-polished performance. Importantly, though,...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Jay McGregor (

Kobo Arc 10HD review


Kobo's iPad challenger is definite value for money

Excellent quality screen ; HDMI out ; Decent price ; Very stylish

Wi-Fi doesn't come on when woken from sleep mode ; Very heavy ; No external storage ; Back-casing easily scratched

This is a high-end tablet that is competitively priced. It stylish, powerful and cheaper than the iPad Air. Wi-Fi and weight issues are drawbacks, but they don't mar the overall experience. The Kobo Arc 10HD is definitely value for money.

Dec, 2013