Hands-on with the Kobo Arc (Video)


  • EvanKr

    Your video gave me motion sickness.

    • Doug

      He probably should have used Nokia’s Pureview camera 😛

  • Mike Hawk

    Post a hands on of the Kobo Glo!

  • Mike Hawk

    Is this BB10?

  • Doug

    Surprisingly nice…seems like it has good potential.

  • Paul

    WOW! This looks good! Love the faster processor, ram, android 4 (soon to be uped to jellybean) much higher res. etc now kobo has a real tablet. I don’t want a battery draining quad in a 7″ tab. They blew it on pricing though. Sell more of these at lower price… & u sell more books… Just ask Henry ford re model T

  • Sean

    I don’t understand why all these ebook companies feel the need to have their own tablet when you can just pick up a Nexus 7 and download their ebook app

    • Big Ang

      I can see why Amazon is coming out with their tablets, as it gets new and existing Amazon-fans into the Amazon eco-system (their own app store, music store, video store, in addition to books).

      The Kobo Tablet is basically an Android tablet for fans of the Kobo reader, or anyone that likes their tablets with a textured back. I understand why these ebook companies come out with a tablet. The only advantage this has over the Nexus tablet is the Kobo skin, and maybe a few other little things. The price is competitive, some people may choose this over a Nexus tablet (but I won’t be one of them).

    • migo

      It was probably in the making before the Nexus 7 was released. That said, it’s still almost impossible to find the Nexus 7 in stock. You’ll be able to walk into any Chapters in November and buy the Arc. Not to mention, the exposure that being in Chapters provides – people who would never be somewhere that sells the Nexus 7 would see the Arc available for sale. Spec wise, the Arc is also competitive with the N7 – everyone who knows anything knows the Tegra 3 isn’t anything special compared to dual core chips, so the Arc has feature parity.

  • Thomson

    I’ll get one an install Amazon Kindle’s Android app :p

  • Len

    hope it is easier to find then the 8gb nexus 7.

  • Kevin

    Well – no Fire HD coming to Canada so I guess it’s this or Nexus 7.

  • Dave

    Nexus 7 is King of 7-inch arena, the end of the story.

  • chupathingy

    Hold a Nexus 7 in your hands and then decide.

    Being lucky enough to handle an Arc at the demo, I can say build quality is quite impressive. There will be no comparison once consumers can handle the devices side by side. The design of the Arc is far more impressive.

  • The REAL Joe

    I’m getting a Blackberry Playbook 32gb on sale tomorrow for a hundred bucks less than the 16gb Arc and the 8gb Nexus. How anyone can call something with 8gb abd no MicroSD a “multimedia” tablet I have ni idea. Have fun with your storage filled up in a week.

    That plus the PB has a real GPU accelerator, runs Android apps natively, has 2 HD cameras (front and back), and has GPS, this is a no brainer. And did I mention it’s only $148 this week?

    • migo

      I have the PlayBook, and I like it, but the N7 and the Arc have GPUs as well, and prepare to be disappointed by Android apps on the PlayBook. They’re apparently updating the experience so it will eventually work better, but if anything in app world is a ported Android App I uninstall it and stop using it. The experience is that shitty (or maybe all Android apps are like that and the PB native ones are just that good?).

    • TP

      There is a reason people wow about the low price of Nexus 7, and Playbooks are still piled up in the inventory even with the massive price cut. If you have no idea about why, that’s fine, that means we have one less competitor to get Nexus 7. Good luck with your Playbook, I hope they have more contents (both in quantity and quality) in the future, I really do.

  • Dave

    @- The REAL Joe aka Moron: The PB does NOT runs Android apps natively nor any REAL useful apps don’t you get that? It takes 5min just to boost up the device. Did I already said that you’re a REAL MORON?

  • bigshynepo

    Now here’s hoping they nail the software…

    Nothing was worse than trying to sell the Vox last year when every unit needed a convoluted firmware upgrade right out of the box…

    Next to faulty Beats headphones, the Vox was the #1 return during winter ’11 at my store.

    • migo

      Given the specs of the Arc, I would say they learned at least one of their lessons, so it would be unsurprising if they learned the other one too.

  • j.

    I might get one and put Nova Launcher on it.

  • rimme

    Hey thanks kobo, now I can have a shitty tablet AND e-reader all rolled into one giant arc turdball. 50 percent tablet, 50 percent e-reader, 100 percent guaranteed to make you want to cry yourself to sleep. Pff, kobo arc, gimme a break…

  • Elguayo

    I bought the box last year,thinking that I had a great reader,that was last year But now that the iPad mini is comming why anyone should boser ith this new one…..I am trying to sell mine,hardly used it except to read a fre book in the sky train otherwise r the apps Sucks,BELiEVE ME when I said they suck, I wish they would take them back…..ahhhhhh

  • SpeedyGonzales

    This article looks like a commercial, pure advertising.
    Hope Kobo paid well.

  • bailey

    but this surely will be improvement on the vox – bought a vox 2 months ago – heavy, sluggish, hard to get out of sleep mode. Just got a nexus 16gb- really no comparison. Fast, smooth transition, so easy to use..vox is going up for sale

  • Eric Gisin

    Since we don’t get the Fire HD, it’s the Kobo Arc or Nexus 7. The same price for equal storage, but Nexus has more cores and BlueTooth. Will wait to see if Google drops price in response to Fire HD.

  • Jeff

    Why did they drop the sd card slot. If Kobo kept it the Arc would arguably be one of the best 7 inch tablets around. However now, there’s no reason to pick it up over the nexus 7.