Help me read PDFs in the palm of my hand
November 2, 2012 2:31 PM Subscribe
Best tablet or e-reader for reading PDFs? Difficulty: must be lightweight, with a smaller screen than an iPad, and preferably less than $250.
posted by np312 to technology (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I recently bought an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for just reading PDFs, not books. (I prefer reading real books to those on a device, I can't help it.) However I need to read a ton of long pdf files for my job and don't want to lug my laptop or printouts around all the time. The iPad is overkill for what I need, and also too big and heavy for something I'd like to just carry around with me all day in a jacket pocket.
I liked the lightweight nature and the non-reflective surface of the Paperwhite as well as its long battery life, but the PDFs' text ended up being just too small on a 6 inch screen for me-- I really want to be able to see the entire page at once without having to squint. The only way to adjust it was to zoom in on the top half, zoom out, scroll down to the second half and zoom back in again. Plus every time I turned a page the screen would flash black for a split second, which gets old when you're reading 120 page PDFs everyday.
I'm thinking of buying an iPad mini but I'm not interested in all the other apps and features, as I already have a macbook and an iphone, and my reader would literally ONLY be for reading PDFs, so I'd prefer not to have to spend $329 and up on it.
I know there are a lot of other small tablets/readers out there by lesser known companies, but I don't know which ones are best for PDF reading and also don't have the same problems the Paperwhite does.
I don't care at all about what books they offer or 3G or any of that stuff as long as I can plug the device into my laptop and upload files directly.
Added complication: I have really sensitive eyes, so any tablets/readers that are more like the non-reflective surface of the Kindle paperwhite would be a bonus.
Thank you so much!