Kobo Arc: 7-inch competitor for Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2
September 6, 2012 at 11:00
Kobo tries again in the world of tablets after the skating of his Kobo Vox. On the last day of the IFA in Berlin has presented Kobo Arc, a 7-inch Android tabelta, in addition to two new e-readers: Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini. On this occasion the tablet continues to offer Kobo's own services but with the support of all Google services. We are facing a competitor of Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2.
On its first tablet, Kobo Vox, it came out with Android 2.3 and without Google certification, so it only offered its apps. Clearly a mistake they amended recently, although perhaps too late. With Kobo Arc have rectified and will bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Google certificate, that is, compatibility with the 600,000 applications of Google Play.
Kobo Arc is a tablet of 7 inches with panel IPS and resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It's very light, just 364 grams But it is well prepared. It carries a processor OMAP 4470 dual core 1.5 GHz of Texas Instruments accompanied by 1 GB of RAM. It will come with two storage options: one of 8 GB and another of 16 GB. The presentation also indicated that the tablet will have a battery that allows 10 hours of autonomy.
One of the hallmarks of this device is the user interface, which has been modified from the Ice Cream Sandwich by default to give the product more customization. They use a system called Tapestry Discovery Edition which allows you to group applications and content into folders or Tapestries for a simpler and more intuitive display. Each folder or tapestry What you think looks like a file that you can customize with colors, photos and name. There you can include applications and content, as we said before, such as movies, books and music, but also links to websites. The good thing is that when you link websites to folders, Discovery gives you tips on websites that might interest you based on what you've linked before. In other words, learn your web browsing tastes.
As we all know, Kobo is also a great content store, especially books that you can download from your own content store application. Clearly arrives for compete with Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2, what comes to be, with Google and Amazon in the sale of content and its price seems to indicate it. Kobo will go on sale at Christmas for 199 euros in its version of 8 GB and 239 euros for that of 16 GB.