Kobo Arc  vs Apple iPad mini 

Released November, 2012

Kobo Arc

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

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
7.4 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Arc vs iPad mini


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kobo Arc 

TabletRocket recommends the Kobo Arc  based on its performance and graphics.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Kobo Arc vs iPad mini

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kobo Arc
iPad mini

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Kobo Arc
3.1 fps
iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Kobo Arc
35.2 fps
iPad mini
14.9 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 14.9 fps More than 2.2x better GLBenchmark 2.5 score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 4.0) vs No Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 30% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Has a rear camera 5 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
Longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 10 hour Around 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a compass Yes vs No Somewhat common; Great for maps and navigation apps
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 thinner 7.2 mm vs 11.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Bigger screen 7.8" vs 7" More than 10% bigger screen

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Kobo Arc  vs
iPad mini 
Size 7" 7.8"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 215 ppi 163 ppi


Bluetooth None Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz


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


Kobo Arc  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP


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

form factor

Weight 364 g 308 g
Size 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 10 hour 12.75 hour
Kobo Arc
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