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Old 11-18-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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First impressions of the Kobo Arc

Today my wife presented me with a late birthday present in the form of a new Kobo Arc. I've been playing with it off and on for most of the day and I wanted to share some of my impressions. First off, the screen is amazing. Great color, very sharp, and great viewing angles. Sound is nice and clear through the two front facing speakers but using the SRS TruMedia enhancements makes it even better. Performance is great too. The Arc is nice and responsive with no lag loading apps or surfing the web. Build quality is great too. It feels nice and solid without being heavy (although it is noticeably heavier than a Touch or Glo). There is a bezel around the screen edge so it's not flush with the tablet edges. I like it personally. To me it seems to make for a sturdier device but that's just my opinion and have no intentions of performing drop tests. It came with two freebies, a photography book and Issue #1 of Star Trek from IDW Comics, and a selection of books you get to choose one from for 25%, 50%, or 90% off depending on the book you choose. I haven't had a chance to play with the tapestries yet but they look interesting and could make organizing things very simple and interesting. Overall, I'm pleased with and impressed by the Arc. I think the Arc is a worthy competitor to the Nexus 7 and should be given a serious look for those who are looking for a 7" android tablet.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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If I didn't already have the N7, this would have been my choice
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:42 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums Robin. In my opinion, you guys have put out great piece of hardware with the Arc (as you can tell from my first post).
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
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Thanks again. Please update us on your experience sinceyour original post.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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Got my Arc a couple days ago. First impressions are that I'm a fan, lol. Great screen and speedy. So far I've been playing Temple Run and messing with the settings too much to actual rate it as a reading device. :P
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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I should have mentioned before that this is the 16 GB version. Should be more than enough for my purposes. I've had a chance to play with the tapestries and it is definitely a great way to organize things. I have an android phone and previously had a iPod Touch and sometimes going through screen after screen of apps can get annoying and I've more than once missed what I was looking for. By grouping my content into a tapestry makes things easier. I haven't created any tapestries of my own yet but have added to the existing ones. Very intuitive and easy to use. It's nice to have access to the Play store. Angry Birds and Temple Run are now installed and I'm sure I'll add more apps over time. I'm planning on adding a movie or tv episode tonight to test out playing back of videos as well as some song files to test the audio. I'll update this with my experience on both fronts either tonight or tomorrow.
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So, do the arc support OTG to connect external input device?
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #11
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My partner deleted the Star Trek graphic novel from her Arc before realising I would want to read it; is that re-downloadable? I'm guessing no, as it was tied to the device rather than to her account. I actually think I might have already bought it and it's in my TBR list anyway, though, but I'm just curious in case I'm wrong about that.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:51 AM   #13
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I still haven't put any video content on yet but added some music and it sounds amazing. The front facing speakers and the SRS enhancements are amazing. I'm willing to bet that I'll be saying the same after watching some video. I loaded some family pictures and viewing them was amazing. The colors were vibrant and pictures crystal clear. I alosplayed Angry Birds and Flow Free (Temple Run is waiting in the wings) and both played smooth without a single lag. Finally, I read the bundled Star Trek comic and I have to say it was outstanding. Just like reading a paper comic. The text was easy to read and it displayed beautifully on the screen. For me the Arc keeps getting better. Good job Robin and everyone at Kobo involved with the Arc.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:31 AM   #14
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My partner deleted the Star Trek graphic novel from her Arc before realising I would want to read it; is that re-downloadable? I'm guessing no, as it was tied to the device rather than to her account. I actually think I might have already bought it and it's in my TBR list anyway, though, but I'm just curious in case I'm wrong about that.
I'll ask around.
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I still haven't put any video content on yet but added some music and it sounds amazing. The front facing speakers and the SRS enhancements are amazing. I'm willing to bet that I'll be saying the same after watching some video. I loaded some family pictures and viewing them was amazing. The colors were vibrant and pictures crystal clear. I alosplayed Angry Birds and Flow Free (Temple Run is waiting in the wings) and both played smooth without a single lag. Finally, I read the bundled Star Trek comic and I have to say it was outstanding. Just like reading a paper comic. The text was easy to read and it displayed beautifully on the screen. For me the Arc keeps getting better. Good job Robin and everyone at Kobo involved with the Arc.
Thanks!
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