Kobo Arc  vs BlackBerry PlayBook 

Released November, 2012

Kobo Arc

  • 7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Kobo Arc
VS
Released April, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook

  • 7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook
The idea of adapting Android apps is an exciting one, and the implementation is rock solid, but there still aren’t enough good apps to make the PlayBook’s App World a compelling ecosystem.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)

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 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7 hour Around 45% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
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 (BlackBerry Tablet OS) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Apr, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution
Front view of BlackBerry PlayBook

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BlackBerry PlayBook

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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
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
Thinner 10 mm vs 11.5 mm Around 15% thinner
Higher resolution front camera 3 MP vs 1.3 MP More than 2.2x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Features Key features of the Kobo Arc  vs PlayBook 

screen resolution

Kobo Arc
1280 x 800
PlayBook
1024 x 600

memory

Kobo Arc
1 GB
PlayBook
1 GB

camera resolution

Kobo Arc
1.3 MP
PlayBook
3 MP

CPU Cores

Kobo Arc
Dual core
PlayBook
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Kobo Arc
1.5 GHz
PlayBook
1 GHz

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Kobo Arc  vs
PlayBook 
Size 7" 7"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
PPI 215 ppi 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth None Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 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
PlayBook 
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP 3 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP

ports

USB support 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No No
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 364 g 425 g
Size 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm 194 x 130 x 10 mm
Thickness 11.5 mm 10 mm
Battery life 10 hour 7 hour
Kobo Arc
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