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Another 7-inch Android tablet steps into the ring

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Kobo's upped its game since the bitterly disappointing Vox, but this 7-incher just doesn't offer enough to distinguish itself from the competition.

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Critic reviews

7.6
14 reviews
  • Features
    7.3
  • Display
    8.2
  • Battery life
    6.3
  • Ease of use
    7.8
  • Storage capacity
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.8
  • Durability
    8.0

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9.0
2 reviews
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    7.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    9.0
  • Ease of use
    9.0
  • Storage capacity
    10
  • Design and form factor
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight) | 1 comment
    10
  • Durability
    9.0
7.0
Engadget Jan 3, 2013

Placed against the low, low standard of last year's Vox, the Kobo Arc is a winner. Compared to the rest of the 7-inch tablets in the world, however, it's a non-starter.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 23, 2013

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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8.0
PC World Australia Jan 18, 2013

For us, the key selling point of the Kobo Arc is its Tapestries interface and seamless integration with Kobo’s extensive e-book and e-mag store, if you can ignore the Discover bar. It’s a perfectly capable (if sometimes slightly stuttery) Android tablet beyond its e-reading credentials.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 29, 2013

However, apart from a few niggling features on the software front, and the lack of memory expansion and Bluetooth, we have to say that we'd consider the Kobo Arc worthy of attention. It's not restrictively tied to an ecosystem like Kindle or Nook, but perhaps lacks the purity of the Nexus.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 29, 2013

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, it's priced reasonably.

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8.0
TechRadar Jan 10, 2013

Overall, if those 'missing' hardware options are irrelevant to you, we'd recommend the Kobo Arc as an impressive 'my first tablet'. However, overall the Kobo Arc is probably happiest being the e-reader-based tablet that offers by far the most freedom.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Feb 8, 2013

The Kobo Arc shows that, after the poor Vox tablet, Kobo does know how to do things other than make E-ink eReaders. With a keen price, decent innards and a respectable, if not great, screen, it’s a serious contender in the low-cost tablet space.

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7.0
PC Pro Jan 10, 2013

We’d have one over the Kindle Fire HD, simply because it provides more flexibility at the same price, and it’s cheaper for the 32GB version too. However, for all-round excellence, the Nexus 7 remains our pick of the 7in tablets.

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8.0
MSN Dec 31, 2012

Capable of hosting any other app or game from Google Play, the Arc impresses elsewhere with its unique Tapestries skin within an otherwise open Android experience. It definitely feels more like an Android tablet than the heavily customised Kindle Fire HD.

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8.0
International Business Times UK Dec 20, 2012

However, when you begin to use it properly, the Kobo Arc is a perfectly decent 7in tablet. A great screen, powerful processor, good speakers, budget price and full access to Google Play, make this a very attractive proposition.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Jan 12, 2013

The software isn’t quite as polished as the Nexus’s and it doesn’t have the latest version of Android, but the Arc still makes a very tempting alternative.

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nathangrewal nathangrewal

At $130, this is a great value. Amazon's Kindle Fire HD is $10 more for 8 Gb. No thank you. If you don't want tapestries,, put in Nova launcher. All around great device, highly recommended.

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