Kobo Arc

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

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

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

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.3 Overall

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Kobo Arc - 64GB - white
Kobo Arc
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Review

The less discerning person's Nexus 7

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, articles, pictures, and other content into customizable nodes. The second is the ever-present Discover Ribbon, which, based on what you're currently looking at, constantly offers recommendations at the bottom of the home screen.

Unfortunately, these features do little to make the case for a tablet that otherwise offers less storage than the competition in a less sharply designed package than its contemporaries. All for the same price.

Thankfully, the Kobo Arc includes a powerful GPU, so at least on the gaming front it hasn't been left wanting.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand KOBO, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 7 in
  • Type Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Weight 12.84 oz
  • Color Category white
  • Cameras (for SD) front camera
  • Installed Size 64 GB
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model Kobo Arc - 64GB - white

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