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Kobo Arc

Kobo Arc
alaScore 87

37 reviews

Jun, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Kobo Arc. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and durability. The design and price also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the size and connectivity.

performance, price, design, durability, screen

storage, portability, reliability, connectivity, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Kobo Arc is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jay McGregor (

Kobo Arc 10HD review


Kobo's iPad challenger is definite value for money

Excellent quality screen ; HDMI out ; Decent price ; Very stylish

Wi-Fi doesn't come on when woken from sleep mode ; Very heavy ; No external storage ; Back-casing easily scratched

This is a high-end tablet that is competitively priced. It stylish, powerful and cheaper than the iPad Air. Wi-Fi and weight issues are drawbacks, but they don't mar the overall experience. The Kobo Arc 10HD is definitely value for money.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Kobo Arc


Kobo's latest tablet looks to compete directly with the likes of the Kindle Fire HD and the Nook HD, offering a device that's centred around content. There's a lot going for the Kobo Arc. It's well built and designed, even if it's not the prettiest...

Access to Google means plenty of freedom, tough display means it's drop resistant, Kobo hasn't tinkered too offensively with Android

Speakers suffer from vibration and distortion, Tapestries adds little, some problems with responsiveness, no Bluetooth

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,...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (

Kobo Arc review


A competitively priced eBook reader tablet that rivals the Nexus 7 for flexibility

May, 2014

Expert review by : Editorial Team (

Kobo Arc 10HD Review: In Depth


In our Kobo Arc HD review, we discover a little-known 10-inch tablet designed for bookworms. Can it live up to the standards set by its more...

Good value

Limited storage space

The Kobo Arc 10HD is a very good tablet. It’s certainly not the best — it’s a little heavy compared to the competition, its edges make it uncomfortable to hold for long periods and its relative lack of storage may prove an issue for some. That said, it...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Kobo Arc review


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,...

The Kobo Arc 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.

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Sami Mughal (

Review: Kobo Arc 10HD


What is it? A fully working 10″ Android Tablet from Kobo, which not only works as a normal Android tablet, it also works quite well as an E-Reader. Look[...]

A powerful tablet that plays two parts, and it does both of them well. The price is great, the tablet is great and powerful, and the reading experience brings enough features that it leaves you wishing you had gone down this route earlier. What holds...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Mobile Choice UK (

Kobo Arc review -


Front-facing speakers; headphone jack on right-hand side; gorgeous screen; tapestries feature

Uninspiring design; no SD card support; no HDMI port; some video apps not supported; laggy keyboard

Jan, 2013

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Kobo Arc review


The Kobo Arc is the e-reader specialist's push into the mini tablet space, hoping to compete with similar sized models from Apple, Google and Amazon. Kobo is hoping to win over tablet buyers with its novel approach of ‘discovering' rather than...

Speedy performance, Tapestries feature, cheap

Uninspiring design, lack of cloud storage, no iPlayer support

The Kobo Arc is a decent addition to the 7in tablet stable, with its nippy performance and some unique and useful features, although lacking the branding power of its rivals.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (

Kobo Arc 10HD


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

Sharp display. Ample processing power.

Heavy. Questionable Android skin.

Conclusions I respect Kobo's continued efforts to create an ideal Android tablet, and the company has made definite strides since the ill-fated Vox . The Arc 10HD has power to spare, but it's too big and heavy and the aggressive Android skin does all...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (

Kobo reveals three new tablets and three distinctly different price points


Kobo's three new tablets catch the eye with decent prices and mostly impressive specs.

Aug, 2013