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Kobo Arc 7″ Android ICS Tablet – Specifications, Features and Price

First position on the list of recent 7-inch tablets probably goes to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, hot on its heels we have the Nexus 7, which has become the defining standard in price of the mini tablets. Now, there is a new kid on the block, and the fight has just started !

The Kobo Arc 7-inch tablet is hitting stores this Christmas. It relies on the power of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1GB RAM and a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There are two versions, with different internal storage options, the first having 8GB and the second having 16GB, all boasting a magnificent HD capable IPS screen. The display maxes at 1280 x 800 pixels in resolutions and there should be little worry about the surface as you will be getting a scratch and finger resistant glass cover.

Perhaps you have already thought about price, and the good news is that it’s the same as the Nexus 7, only $249 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. This is not inclusive of the discounts expected at launch date. If you still favor the Nexus 7 or any other tablet, it’s because of the absence of a quad-core processor on the Kobo Arc, or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Kobo Arc 7" tablet

The icing on the Kobo Arc 7 getting sweeter with a feature called Tapestries that is taking a clue from social network site Pinterest. Simply put, it is a content curation feature that will perform beyond anyone’s current expectation. The feature works like an intelligent assistant constantly reviewing the content that you are consuming, getting links from it and using them to discover related on referenced content to you as a suggestion. It’s like your device will learn what you want or could want, and present it before you think of it.

The Kobo Arc 7 will be a great addition to the line of eReaders already having the label Kobo that its loyal fans as already familiar with. They include the Kobo mini, which is a 5-inch tablet that uses E ink screen and will retails for only $79.99; when it ships in October. Another is the Kobo touch retailing at $99.99. The main reason for placing the Kobo Arc 7 against the Nexus, is that it has access to Google Play Store, and will therefore do anything that the Nexus 7 can do, and add Tapestries to it. It’s not yet big worldwide, but the latest user interface attraction on this tablet will sure win the company many more fans !


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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