71

$400 is a lot to spend on a 'tablet for readers'

71

Added reading features aren't enough to help Kobo stand out in a crowded tablet market.

Critic reviews

7.3
13 reviews
  • Features
    7.6
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    6.8
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Storage capacity
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.4
  • Durability
    7.5

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User reviews

9.0
2 reviews
  • Features
    9.0
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Ease of use
    9.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.0
  • Durability
    8.0
7.0
Engadget Nov 20, 2013

Kobo's actually managed to put out a solid device here. The screen is nice (if, again, a bit oversaturated) and the internals are on par with the competition. At $400, so is the price.

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7.0
CNET Dec 10, 2013

If you can get past the clunky design, the Kobo Arc 10 HD offers a unique tablet experience for avid readers.

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6.0
PC Mag Dec 13, 2013

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

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7.0
PC Advisor Nov 29, 2013

The only real downside to the Kobo Arc 10HD is the weight of the thing, which makes using this device as a eReader while on the move a bit of a no go.

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8.0
The Telegraph Nov 27, 2013

In reality, Kobo will probably still remain an underdog in the tablet/e-reader battle with Amazon. However, the Arc 10 HD tablet provides the most compelling reason yet for consumers to make the switch.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jan 9, 2014

The Arc 10HD is a successful first outing for Kobo in the world of HD+ tablets. It's user-friendly and pretty much always gets the job done. Its greatest weakness is its battery life, which is a shame since everything else about it makes you want to use the 10HD for hours on end.

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7.0
PC Pro Nov 29, 2013

Compared to the lightweight Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9in and the impeccable iPad Air, there's no good reason to consider the Kobo – unless it benefits from a sizeable price cut.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Nov 29, 2013

The Kobo Arc 10HD is a powerful tablet with some great reading features let down by a far from perfect screen and bulky, uncomfortable design.

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9.0
IT Pro Portal Nov 28, 2013

This might not be the thinnest, lightest or most desirable big-screen tablet, but when it comes to value for money the Arc 10HD is just about unbeatable.

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8.0
MSN UK Dec 5, 2013

The Kobo Arc 10HD is definitely a solid performer and, should you find one under the tree this year with your name on it, then there's every reason to be pleased. At the same time, it's difficult to think of a really good reason to buy it over, say, the Google Nexus 10 or Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

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7.0
The Next Web Nov 22, 2013

The Kobo Arc 10HD tries to keep everyone happy and with that, there’s always going to be compromises – for every ying, there’s a yang.

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First Looks

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Engadget Aug 27, 2013

It's clean, it's quick and it's easy to navigate for anyone who's spent time with a devoted e-reader... We will say that we notice a bit of lag in the performance, in spite of some higher-end specs, though the company chalked this up to the unit being not quite finalized.

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PC Mag Aug 28, 2013

The Arc 10HD feels really fast. The new reading interface looks and works well, and seems about three generations ahead of Zinio's iPad app for reading magazines.

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Android Central Sep 5, 2013

The Kobo Arc 10 HD also sporting a unique chassis design, with an unusual geometric pattern on its rear. Despite these sharp lines, it's comfortable to hold and use — at least, as much as any other 10-inch tablet.

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Digital Trends Aug 28, 2013

We left the Kobo press event with mixed feelings about the device (though a more favorable opinion about the company’s Aura e-reader). The Arc 10HD’s screen is nice, and we like the look of the light, reading-centric skin that the company has dropped on top of Android.

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Techno Buffalo Aug 28, 2013

The Arc 10HD is a really beautiful tablet. The 2560 x 1600-pixel display is high-res and sharp, and we liked how thin it is. It also runs on NVIDIA’s new quad-core Tegra 4 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, has 2GB of RAM and offers a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

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nathangrewal nathangrewal

People are very biased. The unbiased reviews are few and far between, but find one and see what you're getting for $400. Due to biased reviews (engadget) this thing hasn't sold well and they're giving you $100 off. Seriously, just buy it already. Kindle fire hdx has better hardware, but Kobo has...

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8.0
lol3caring lol3caring

People just don't get it. We are talking about a great tablet that is underappreciated, stop considering it a tablet solely for reading because it isn't, it's a android tablet. It has the latest in processors Tegra 4 and plenty of RAM 2 GB. It runs all of your apps from Google Play. I seriously...

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