Kobo Arc | from US$199.99 | www.kobo.com
another direct competition to the new Kindle Fire HD from Kobo is the Kobo Arc, a 7″ Android-powered tablet that features IPS panel with 1,280 x 800 resolution (215 ppi) and 16 million colors, a 1.3-megapixel HD 720p front-facing camera, driven by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor backed by 1GB of RAM, built-in WiFi, micro USB port, built-in microphone, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and front-facing stereo speakers with tuned-for-tablet SRS TruMedia sound, up to 16GB of internal storage, up to 10 hours of reading and 2 weeks standby, and a Kobo-developed custom UI known as Tapestries that offers users exciting recommendations. other noteworthy features include font tuning engine TypeGenius, choice of 7 font styles with 24 font sizes, a suite of pre-loaded popular apps including Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and of course, the usual spice of Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps, StreetView, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, Chat, and access to Google Play that opens you to the world of more than 600,000 more apps. the Kobo Arc is slated to hit the stores this November with a sticker of $199.99 for the 8G model and $249.99 for the 16GB model. catch a short Kobo e-Reader Family video follows after the break.