Kobo Arc  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released November, 2012

Kobo Arc

  • 7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Kobo Arc
7.4 Out of 10
VS
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.4 Out of 10
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs Fire HDX 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, 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
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

TabletRocket recommends the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Arc

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc

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Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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More processing power 4,854 vs 2,046 More than 2.2x better passmark score
Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 10 hour 80% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Has a rear camera 8 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Has a light sensor Yes vs No Somewhat common; Automatically adjust screen brightness for environmental factors
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1280 x 800 4x higher resolution
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 7" More than 25% bigger screen
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Has a compass Yes vs No Somewhat common; Great for maps and navigation apps
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 215 ppi Around 60% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1.5 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Significantly thinner 7.8 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 30% thinner
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 11 months later

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 7" 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD HDX
Resolution 1280 x 800 2560 x 1600
PPI 215 ppi 339 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 2.2 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Kobo Arc  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Webcam 1.3 MP 2 MP
Rear camera None 8 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 364 g 384 g
Size 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 10 hour 18 hour
Kobo Arc
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