Kobo Arc Tablet

Kobo Arc eReader

This tablet is the latest by Kobo as of this posting. It is light (weighs only 14 oz/364 grams) for a tablet so it’s super easy to carry and tote around. The Kobo Arc Tablet lets me indulge in my favorite ebooks and keeps me connected to friends. What more could I ask for?

The Kobo Arc Tablet measures 7.4 x 4.7 x .5 (120mm by 11.5mm by 189mm) and is available in either black or white case. It boasts of a 7 inch diagonal IPS display in high definition. It has a 1280 x 800 resolution, 215 ppi and 16.4 million colors so as far as visual clarity is concerned, it is completely awesome.

Oh and let me tell you something about the screen. This 7” HD IPS LCD screen is optimized for 178 viewing angles and is made of damage-resistant glass which makes is really durable. It has an accelerometer as well as an ambient light sensor and supports image files in JPG, PNG, BMP and GIF. Day or night reading is easy with a tap of the screen to adjust the brightness levels.

It runs on the Android 4.0 software and it has direct Wi-Fi along with a micro USB. It has 8 gigabytes free storage space and the storage can expand up to 16 gigabytes for a slightly higher price. Just to give you an idea, the 8GB can store as many as 6000 e-books and the 16GB up to 13000. It also comes with a 1 gigabyte RAM which makes for speedy page loading, turning and moving around in the device. With its dual core processor, it is a huge step up from previous models.

With the Kobo Arc, I can access Facebook, Twitter as well as Skype all from the device which makes it easy to remain connected. And for even more entertainment, it comes with dual speakers (front facing) with a music and video player and a photo gallery as well. There’s also a jack for headphones. And according to the Kobo website, its SRS TruMedia is a “feature-rich audio solution tuned specifically for tablet devices, gives you a cinema-like surround headphone performance with deep, rich bass.” And I believe it; the audio quality is very nice.

There are a ton (and I mean a TON) of Google apps available including Google maps, StreetView, Gmail and so on. It’s equipped with SRS TruMedia sound which has been tuned particularly for tablets for an optimum listening experience. I find myself watching a lot of YouTube videos and chatting on Google Chat on this device because of this excellent technology. The camera is front facing, 720p HD 1.3 megapixel. Not exactly ready for printing 8x10s but a happy extra and more than adequate for an ereading device.

The Kobo Arc lets me download and stream music which I really am loving right now. I’m not usually a music/video person but I am coming around for sure. As far as newspapers and magazines are concerned, they can be accessed through Zinio and PressReader but since I use neither I will not be able to comment on this feature.

The Kobo Arc Tablet advertises a battery life of 10 hours and a standby which lasts for 2 weeks and I agree with these numbers. It comes with a one year limited warranty and a 2 year extended protection plan is also available. It comes with the standard builtin dictionary and highlighter. High speed downloads are easy with that dual core processor.

I am super excited about the Kobo Arc. I think it is a big step forward as far as display quality, speed, portability and ease of use. It is a very nice and affordable tablet! Great job Kobo!

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