The world of low-cost, 7-inch Android tablets is brimming with competition. Into the fray comes Kobo's Arc, a $199 tablet designed to serve up content from both Kobo's bookstore and Google Play. While it's running Android 4.0 it does offer some of its own customizations, including Tapestries, a content recommendation engine that helps you find books, music and more.
On the hardware side, you'll find a 1280 x 800 display, a 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and dedicated POWERVR graphics core. A pair of stereo speakers and front-facing 720p HD webcam round out its features.
Most reviewers were modestly pleased with the Arc. It's not a tablet on-par with the Nexus 7, largely considered the flagship 7-inch Android tablet. Yet for casual users, avid readers or consumers looking for a low-cost "first tablet" to play around with, the Arc was deemed worthy of a look.
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