Kobo Arc 10HD

Released October, 2013
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.2.2
The stunning 2,560 x 1,600 screen is a triumph in resolution technology and a genuine pleasure to look at.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
8.3 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Kobo Arc 10HD

Performance

Processing power and speed

Arc 10HD
7.5
Nexus 10
7.2
Nexus 7 II
n.d.
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Arc 10HD
10.0
Nexus 10
10.0
Nexus 7 II
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Arc 10HD
6.9
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Arc 10HD
8.7
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.3

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Arc 10HD
8.3
Nexus 10
8.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Kobo Arc 10HD

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Arc 10HD
4,577
iPad mini 3
1,896
Nexus 10
4,084

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Arc 10HD
7.2 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Arc 10HD
35.2 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Kobo Arc 10HD


6.9
One of the Kobo Arc 10 HD's most impressive features is its sharp and bright 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution screen.

8.0
Even in direct sunlight and at sharp viewing angles, the screen performs well.

Overall

7.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The screen is very responsive, which is what you would expect from a tablet of this quality.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
It also includes a Google Play store - something the Kindle Fires miss out on - a pretty sharp screen, and good performance.
by c|net (Dec, 2013)
Graphics looked great on the screen and they didn't lag or stutter while playing.
by c|net (Dec, 2013)

Operating System

Everything else is standard Android and whether you're familiar with Android or not, it's incredibly straightforward to use.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
The 10-inch slate includes useful e-book-centric software that will appease avid readers seeking an Android experience, but its brute force design misses the mark with an uncomfortably heavy and thick build.
by c|net (Dec, 2013)
It seems that Kobo has considered entry-level android users when designing the custom Reading Life UI.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)

Operating system

Although the reading software is well implemented as you would expect from Kobo, the reality of actually reading a book on a 627g device is a different story.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
Even though there is some mild lag, the Arc 10HD performs reasonably well under pressure and when multitasking.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
The Wi-Fi glitch hopefully can be fixed with a software update.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)

Apps

Music, books, games and apps can be purchased through the Google Play store.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
Fortunately, many of the pre-installed apps can be deleted, with the exception of the Kobo apps.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
Kobo has always focused on the reading experience, with apps like Beyond the Book and Reading Mode.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)

Weight

It's almost as heavy as the thick hardcover books some readers are trying to ditch.
by c|net (Dec, 2013)
But while it makes sense that those features appear here, delving into a long book isn't something that feels comfortable on a heavy 10-inch tablet.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2013)
With top tablets boasting thin and lightweight designs for the same price or less, the Kobo Arc 10 HD's flawed build is an inadmissible offense.
by c|net (Dec, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 2560 x 1600
PPI 298 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Quad core
Clock speed 1.8 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor No

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 1.3 MP
Rear camera None

ports

USB support 1 Micro USB
Hdmi support 1 Micro HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 627 g
Size 172 x 253 x 9.9 mm
Thickness 9.9 mm
Battery life 9.5 hour
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