Thanks to Jonathan Ezor (aka webOSquire), I have screensnaps of my standard Google Books PDF — Success: A Novel — displayed on the HP TouchPad using Adobe Reader.
Prior posts in this series for comparisons:
Google Books PDF Smackdown: NookColor Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. iPad
Google Books PDF On HTC Flyer
eInk Nook Reading Google Books PDF
More PDF Action On Rooted NookColor
Google Books PDF On Rooted NookColor
And if you want to play along at home:
Success: A Novel at Google Books
Success: A Novel at my Google Docs (for people outside of the U.S..)
I use Google Books because they can be quite freaky.
First of all, they are image scans of a book. This makes them processing intensive and also large. Some old magazines can be over a quarter of a gigabyte!
Second, I have a lot of them I intend to read, so any device I buy has this as one of the top items on my checklist.
Third, if a device can do a Google Books PDF, most other PDFs will be trivial to handle.
Here’s that test PDF shown on the HP TouchPad using Adobe Reader. The navbar is shown in most of them:
Here’s the page selector:
These next two are pinch-out zoom-in:
Don’t worry about that type being muddy. It’s an image scan. The book’s original type is like that. Also, Google tends to give people lower-resolution PDFs as downloads than the ones they display in their own website.
That’s exciting in itself. But this amps it up:
Two PDFs opened at once! (That Spider-Man is from this collection.)
But wait! There’s more! This is an issue of Processed World magazine from the Internet Archive.
What’s interesting about this is that the iPad could not display that when I tried it back in January.
Here are two screensnaps I did back then:
Since then, we have the iPad 2 and updates to the iBooks program. So what’s the result today? Let’s find out:
**NEEDED** Someone with an iPad 2 and latest version of iBooks to do a quick PDF test for me.—
Mike Cane (@mikecane) June 30, 2011
And he did!
Update July 1, 2011: Oops! He didn’t tell me his iPad was running iOS 5.0!! Today, at the Apple Store, I tried to open this PDF on an iPad 2 using iOS 4.x — and it didn’t work at all! So I asked him WTF? on Twitter and he forgot to mention the iOS 5.0 bit. So, if your iPad hasn’t been able to view it either, now you know why. At least it’s something to look forward to!
That’s an exciting development on the iPad. It knocks down an objection I had against it.
However, I think the HP TouchPad wins with this:
Having more than one PDF open — here it’s the Google Books PDF and the Processed World issue — is just amazing. I can especially use that when I need to refer between Google Books PDFs for text comparison or other research purposes. For those of you who deal with PDFs a lot, I think that justifies your HP TouchPad purchase right there.
At any rate, whether you choose an HP TouchPad or an iPad 2, the real winners today are PDF users! I’m glad to see the iPad can now handle what it couldn’t do earlier. But man, two PDFs open at once? Killer!
Thanks again to Jonathan Ezor and to John Barker for the screensnaps and testing!