Kobo tries to take on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel with its new Android tablet and e-readers (hands-on)

Kobo Arc, Glo, Mini hero

Kobo looked to take some of Amazon’s thunder by announcing a couple of new e-readers and a 7-inch Android tablet just before Jeff Bezos took the stage a couple of weeks ago, and now we’ve had a chance to try out the new devices for ourselves. The Canadian company has a tall task in convincing consumers to consider their products in the face of Amazon and Barnes & Nobel — let’s see if this hardware is up to the task.

The new headline device is the Kobo Arc, the company’s second try at the ever-more crowded 7-inch Android tablet market. The company says it “started from the ground up” with the Arc, leaving the widely-criticized Kobo Vox behind it, and it features a 7-inch, 1280 x 800 touchscreen, a current, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470…

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