Kobo Arc  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 

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Released November, 2012

Kobo Arc

  • 7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Kobo Arc
7.7 Out of 10
VS
Released November, 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
7.2 Out of 10
One area in which Amazon would hope to gain a big advantage with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD range over its rivals is with their displays.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Fire HD 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from multiple trusted sites

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Kobo Arc 

TabletRocket recommends the Kobo Arc  based on its graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Kobo Arc vs Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Kobo Arc
3.1 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Kobo Arc
35.2 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc

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Much faster graphics 35.2 fps vs 12.4 fps More than 2.8x better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Lighter 364 g vs 567 g More than 35% lighter
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 4.0) vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Slightly longer battery life 10 hour vs 9 hour More than 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Slightly smaller 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm vs 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm Around 25% smaller
Back view of Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

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Has a rear camera 1.3 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1200 vs 1280 x 800 2.2x higher resolution
Thinner 8.8 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 25% thinner
Sharper screen 254 ppi vs 215 ppi Around 20% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Size 7" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1920 x 1200
PPI 215 ppi 254 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth None Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No

form factor

Weight 364 g 567 g
Size 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 8.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9 hour

storage

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Rear camera None 1.3 MP

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz

sensors

Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Kobo Arc
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