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Kobo Arc 7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 285 reviews of Kobo Arc 7. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and screen. The performance and price are also appreciated, but there are some mixed opinions about the storage. The touch screen and camera get critical views.

usability, price, performance, screen, battery

camera, touch screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Arc 7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Nik Rawlinson (

Kobo Arc 7HD review


Most of the tablets sold on the high street come bundled with a SIM and subscription these days. Not so the Kobo Arc 7HD. Championed by WHSmith, it's Wi-Fi only, runs on the Android operating system - as championed by many smartphones and tablets out...

Inexpensive, attractive reading environment, decent HD screen, Android implementation open to all competitors' apps, pocket integration, Collections bookmarking

Kindle Fire HDX is more powerful on paper, no 3G/4G option limits on-the-go use somewhat, rear-facing speaker underwhelming

There are two reasons why we’re drawn to the Kobo Arc 7HD over the Amazon alternative. First, it allows you to access Google Play without either rooting the device or side-loading applications. You're free to do as you please, not locked down to...

Nov, 2013

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Kobo Arc review: another 7-inch Android tablet steps into the ring


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.

Open Google Play access ; Up to 64GB of storage ; Rugged design

Bulky design ; Uninspired Android skinning ; Content selection spread out over three stores

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. The Arc's not a bad device, by any means, but given the portion of the public...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

The Kobo Arc tablet is the less discerning man's Nexus 7


The Kobo Arc starts at the same $200 price as the Nexus 7, but unfortunately doesn't offer enough compelling reasons to seriously consider buying it.

The ; 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.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (

Kobo Arc review: a good value 7-inch tablet


It's a brand better known for producing budget alternatives to original E-Ink-based Kindleet al, but can the all-new Arc tablet take the fight higher to th

Jan, 2013

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I was thinking of buying this tablet, Kobo Arc 7 HD, following a good review by Which. But then I also looked up the users' comments on the internet, nearly all of them recommending not to buy it and changed my mind.Who is doing your tablet reviews?

May, 2015

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Great Tablet

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Got mine direct from Kobo for £99.00.As well as a brilliant ereader it has built in wifi which means trhat you can download books direct to your library.Screen lights up at night so if reading in bed you don't need a separate light.Battery life is...

Aug, 2014

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Kobo Arc 7


64gb memory installed - more than enough for music and big range of books. Can add Kindle App so can read Kindle and epub on the same device. Good battery life - about 2 days - as long as wifi is turned off (but have had about 7 hrs with wifi on).

None that I have found yet.

May, 2014

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Kobo Arc 7


Screen resolution Processor speed

Apr, 2014

Consumer review (

Kobo Arc 7


Excellent value for money if you can get it discounted to around two thirds the price of the Samsung equivalents as I did. Features and performance compare favourably with more expensive tablets. However at its full price, the Samsungs have the edge.....

A little on the heavy side. Screen is very glossy, so you need to fit an anti glare screen protector, available on web for around £4.

Apr, 2014

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Kobo Arc 7


Cheap, Big storage (64gb) intuitive & easy to use

suprisingly heavy Battery could do with lasting a few hours longer

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2


Battery Capacity:4200
Battery life (max):8 / 9
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time:14 / 336 / 480


Built-in Camera: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1.2 / 1.3
Main camera resolution (numeric):1.2 / 1.3
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:No / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Second Camera: No
Video recording:No / Yes
Video recording modes:720p


Colour of product:White


Colour of product:Black / Grey, White / White
Device Type:Mini tablet
Fingerprint Reader: No
Form factor:Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:Black / Grey,White / White


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Colour : Yes
Display diagonal:17.8
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1024 x 600 / 1280 x 800 / 1920 x 1200
Display Technology:IPS
LED Backlight: Yes
Pixel density:323
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

File formats

Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, AAC+, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Document formats supported:EPUB
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, VP8, WEBM

Media formats

Audio formats supported:AAC,FLAC,M4A,MIDI,MP3,MP4,OGG,WAV
Document formats supported:EPUB
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPEG XR,JPG,PNG / BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG
Video compression formats:3GP,MP4
Video formats supported:3GP,H.263,H.264,MP4,VP8,WEBM


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal Memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Internal RAM:1024
Internal RAM type:DDR3
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum internal memory:1
RAM capacity:1024


E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM):No / Yes


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Docking connector: No
Rechargeable: Yes
Video Playback: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:USB / Yes
Keyboard Included:N / Y
Keyboard supplied:No / Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: No


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Audio formats supported:3GPP, AAC, AAC+, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Document formats supported:EPUB
Google applications:Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube
GPS (satellite): No
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, JPG, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Position location:N / No
Video compression formats:3GP, MP4
Video formats supported:3GP, H.263, H.264, MP4, VP8, WEBM

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: Yes
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: No
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:No / Yes
Interface Type:USB 2.0
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n


Battery Capacity:4200
Battery life (max):8


Built-in processor:NVIDIA Tegra 3
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:MEDIATEK / NVIDIA Tegra / Texas Instruments
Processor frequency:1.2 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1700
Processor Model:OMAP4470 / TEGRA 3

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No


Fingerprint Reader:N


Bundled software:- Social Apps: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Skype.\n- Productivity Apps: OfficeSuite, McAfee.\n- Music Apps: 7-Digital, Rdio.\n- Movies / Video Apps: Cinema Now, Quickflix, Wuaki, Mondadori Apps.\n- Reading: Press Reader.\n- Gaming:Wild Tangent. / Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Skype, OfficeSuite, McAfee, 7-Digital, Rdio, Cinema Now, Quickflix, Wuaki, Press Reader, Wild Tangent, Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Street View, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, & Google Chat. / MP3.
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:4.0 / 4.2 / 4.2.2


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Maximum memory card size:32
Storage Media:Flash

Technical Details

Built-in Camera: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.05 / 1.15 / 9.6
Height :12 / 18.9 / 19.4
Weight:341 / 360 / 364
Width:12 / 12.2 / 18.9