Kobo Arc 7-inch Android Tablet Review

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Kobo has announced that their newest device, the Arc tablet, which Kobo is looking to make an international dent in the market with its Arc tablet and pricing will start at $199.99 for the 16GB model, while $249.99 will get you a 32GB version and $299.99 for the 64GB variant. The Kobo Arc is Google-certified, which features a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (215ppi) with a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 dual-core processor running the show and it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but surprisingly, Kobo says that they’re already working to roll out an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Kobo Arc users have access to a wide range of Android apps, games, music, movies, TV shows, and of course, books and its battery promises 10 hours of use on a single charge and up to two weeks in standby mode. The Kobo Arc is also packed with a 720p HD front-facing camera with a 1.3-megapixel image sensor and this Google-certified slate has access to the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Youtube, Gmail, Street View, Google+, Google Chat, Contacts, and Calendar and also all of these apps are already pre-installed on the Kobo tablet, along with Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Zinio and Rdio.

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Kobo, a global leader in eReading with more than 10-million users announced that its much-anticipated 7-inch Android tablet, the Kobo Arc, has hit shelves across Canada and the United Kingdom today and will be heading to France on Monday. The Google-certified, Kobo Arc gives consumers access to more than 600,000 apps and comes in three storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. With the fastest 1.5GHz processor available in a 7-inch tablet, the Kobo Arc provides superior browsing and multi-media features to enhance the user experience including front-facing speakers, a durable high-resolution display, and Kobo’s unique interface Tapestries to easily organize and display content. Starting at just$199.99, the Kobo Arc is the best option for customers looking for a fully-loaded 7-inch tablet this holiday season. Kobo Tapestries interface allows users to easily “pin” their favorite content in dynamic displays helping to keep much-loved content at the surface of the user experience. To further extend the user experience, the Kobo Arc Discovery Ribbon intelligently recommends both free and paid content – including webpages, articles, eBooks, music and movies – based on the content pinned to a Tapestry. The Kobo Arc is the only tablet that learns what its user likes, to recommend more of the content they love. Fully customizable with colourful, interchangeable Snapbacks in Blue and Purple, the Kobo Arc is the only tablet available on the market today that is a true reflection of its user. “Finding new videos, websites and articles is something we can all admit to spending hours searching for,” said Wayne White, EVP and GM of Devices Kobo. “With Kobo Arc, we have developed new ways for users to easily and more importantly, quickly, discover new information, resources and entertainment based on their interests rather than their purchase history. We want people to be surprised and delighted by Kobo Arc each time a recommendation is made based on their personal interests and tastes.”

 

With the Kobo Arc, Kobo continues to build on its open philosophy which encourages more people to read anytime, anyplace and on the device they choose. The company’s eReading platform automatically syncs people’s libraries across devices from the Kobo Arc, to its E Ink eReaders, to the free apps for virtually any desktop, tablet, eReader or smartphone. With more than 10-million users across 190 countries, Kobo offers more choice than ever before with its new Family of eReaders, growing catalogue of more than 3-million eBooks, and content in 60 languages. The Kobo Arc will be available for $199.99 (16GB), $249.99 (32GB) and $299.99 (64GB). Check out Chapters-Indigo,Bestbuy.ca, Futureshop.com, WHSmith, and Fnac for more information or to order online.

Kobo Arc Fast Facts:

  • The highly responsive Kobo Arc is driven by a 1.5GHz OMAP 4470 dual-core processor to deliver more processing power
  • It retains more than 10 hours of battery life in a single charge, giving consumers a highly responsive and long-lasting multimedia experience.
  • Its 7-inch high-definition display with 178 degree viewing angles, 215 pixels/inch and 1280×800 resolution with 16-million colours bring video and pictures to life.
  • In Kobo’s laboratory drop-tests, the Kobo Arc’s ultra-durable glass proved more resistant to damage than any other tablet currently available in the market.
  • Only 364 grams, the Kobo Arc is also one of the lightest 7-inch tablets available and with the new storage configurations, consumers will relish in their ability to store as many songs, movies, eBooks and pictures as they desire.
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with SRS TruMedia sound to bring music to life as well as a 1.3 MegaPixel front-facing camera, built-in microphone and 802.11 WiFi to easily connect to the web without an expensive data plan.
  • The fully customizable Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system allows consumers to configure and modify the Kobo Arc and Kobo is already working toward an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade.
  • The Kobo Arc comes with Google Play to provide hours of entertainment through the Google Play Store’s 600,000 apps including Gmail and YouTube in addition to pre-loaded apps like Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader.
  • The tablet comes in black and white and interchangeable SnapBacks in blue and purple.

Spces:

8GB specs

  • : Tablet
  • : Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])
  • : 7 inches
  • : Internal storage (8 GB, Flash)
  • Yes
  • : Up to 10 hours
  • : 7.44 x 4.72 x 0.49 in
  • : 12.84 oz
  • : November 16, 2012

General

  • Handheld
  • Tablet
  • Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])

Input

  • Yes

Networking

  • 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 GHz)
  • WEP, WPA, WPA2

Media

  • Yes
  • AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
  • AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
  • BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG

Camera

  • Yes
  • Contact pictures

Sync

  • OTA sync

Display

  • 7 inches
  • 1280 x 800
  • 215 PPI
  • LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
  • Capacitive [finger]

Storage

  • Internal storage (8 GB, Flash)

Power

  • Up to 10 hours

Connections

  • 2.0 (Micro-USB port, USB charging)

Hardware

  • 1.5 GHz
  • Dual-core
  • 1 GB

Size & weight

  • 7.44 inches (h)
    4.72 inches (w)
    0.49 inches (d)
  • 12.84 ounces

Pricing & availability

  • Available
  • November 16, 2012
  • September 6, 2012
  • $199 USD

Colors

General info

16GB specs

  • : Tablet
  • : Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])
  • : 7 inches
  • : Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
  • Yes
  • : Up to 10 hours
  • : 7.44 x 4.72 x 0.49 in
  • : 12.84 oz
  • : November 16, 2012

General

  • Handheld
  • Tablet
  • Android (Ice Cream Sandwich [4.0])

Input

  • Yes

Networking

  • 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 GHz)
  • WEP, WPA, WPA2

Media

  • Yes
  • AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
  • AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
  • BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG

Camera

  • Yes
  • Contact pictures

Sync

  • OTA sync

Display

  • 7 inches
  • 1280 x 800
  • 215 PPI
  • LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
  • Capacitive [finger]

Storage

  • Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)

Power

  • Up to 10 hours

Connections

  • 2.0 (Micro-USB port, USB charging)

Hardware

  • 1.5 GHz
  • Dual-core
  • 1 GB

Size & weight

  • 7.44 inches (h)
    4.72 inches (w)
    0.49 inches (d)
  • 12.84 ounces

Pricing & availability

  • Available
  • November 16, 2012
  • September 6, 2012
  • $249 USD

Colors

General info

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