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Kindle Fire HD, Kobo Arc Specs Comparison: Which E-Reader Tablet Suits You?

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First Posted: Apr 26, 2013 08:10 PM EDT
Kindle Fire HD (left) and Kobo Arc

Kindle Fire HD (left) and Kobo Arc Credit:iTechPost

There are so many choices are available when you're looking to buy an e-book reader, whether you want black and white or color, big or small. Newer, fancier models are made for more than just reading e-books. Features such as dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, larger gigs of storage space and HD displays with higher resolution are becoming more popular.

Two of the most affordable and highly rated e-book reader based tablets on the market are the Kindle Fire HD and the Kobo Arc. Both have a lot to offer users with impressive specs for seamless ease of use whether you're reading, listening to music or browsing the internet.

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The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is part of Amazon's flagship line of Kindle e-readers and is an upgraded version of the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire HD offers an improved display screen and resolution along with a larger storage capacity over its predecessor.

The display was upgraded to an HD LCD and the resolution was bumped up to 1280 x 800 pixels with video playback of 720p.

Kindle Fire HD comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage with 1GB RAM, depending on which one you choose. Amazon was even nice enough to throw in free could storage for your Amazon content when you connect to the web using the dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi.

The Kindle Fire HD has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software out of the box. For apps like Skype, there's a built-in 1.3MP front facing camera and the internal battery promises 11 hours of continuous use. Amazon's Kindle Store has over 1.2 million popular e-books to choose from and the 16 GB Kindle Fire HD is priced at $199 from the Amazon store.

Kobo, one of the world's fastest growing e-reading services has its own line of e-reader tablets, including the highly rated 7-inch Kobo Arc.

The Kobo Arc had a slight edge over the Kindle Fire HD with its 1.5GHz dual-core processer with 1GB RAM. Another advantage is the Kobo Arc has is that it comes in three models of storage space, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Kobo Arc supports video playback on its 1280 x 800 HD resolution display.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs on the Kobo Arc and the battery life claims up to 10 hours of reading.

Sold in local bookstores, the Kobo Arc comes in black or white and at $199.99 for the 16 GB version. Kobo's catalog includes over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles.  

 

 

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