Kobo Vox  vs Arc 

Released October, 2011

Kobo Vox

  • 7"
  • 8 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.3
Front view of Kobo Vox
6.4 Out of 10
The silver-colored buttons, as you might have guessed, go along with the plastic feel and are reminiscent of the controls I once had on a plastic Rio MP3 player.
by The Verge (Nov, 2011)
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Released November, 2012

Kobo Arc

  • 7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
Front view of Kobo Arc
7.4 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Vox vs Arc

Performance

Processing power and speed

Kobo Vox
5.3
Kobo Arc
6.1
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Kobo Vox
n.d.
Kobo Arc
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Kobo Vox
6.2
Kobo Arc
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kobo Vox
7.7
Kobo Arc
9.0
Reviews from techradar.com and theverge.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Kobo Vox vs Arc

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kobo Vox
611
Kobo Arc
2,046

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Vox

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Vox

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Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Front view of Kobo Arc

Reasons to consider the
Kobo Arc

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More processing power 2,046 vs 611 More than 3.2x better passmark score
Much more storage capacity 64 GB vs 8 GB 8x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Has a webcam 1.3 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 6 hour More than 65% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Has a built-in microphone Yes vs No Somewhat common; No need for an external microphone
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 0.8 GHz More than 85% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.0) vs No (Android 2.3) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Newer operating system Android 4.0 vs Android 2.3 Newer android OS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Sharper screen 215 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 25% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 11.5 mm vs 13.4 mm Around 15% thinner
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Oct, 2011 Release date over a year later
Higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 600 More than 65% higher resolution

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Kobo Vox  vs
Arc 
Size 7" 7"
Technology AFFS+ LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600 1280 x 800
PPI 169 ppi 215 ppi

network

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

processor

Cores Single core Dual core
Clock speed 0.8 GHz 1.5 GHz

sensors

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

storage

Kobo Vox  vs
Arc 
Internal storage 8 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

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

ports

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

form factor

Weight 402 g 364 g
Size 192.4 x 128.4 x 13.4 mm 120 x 189 x 11.5 mm
Thickness 13.4 mm 11.5 mm
Battery life 6 hour 10 hour
Kobo Vox
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