Despite the title I’ve given this post, it should be considered Paperback Book Versus 7″ Tablet, Part Two (see Part One).
Steve “Chippy” Paine of Carrypad did a live video review of the HTC Flyer 7″ Android tablet this afternoon.
Results after the break.
With both programs, rendering each page took about a second or so, but with Adobe Reader X it looked slower.
Paging with Adobe Reader X is done by swiping horizontally, right to left.
Zooming via pinch-out/in was a miserable experience, with it being both laggy and sometimes totally unresponsive!
With the PDF Viewer that is pre-installed on the Flyer, navigating through pages is done like a scroll, with a swipe from bottom to top.
Zooming via pinch-out/in was snappy and responsive. I was actually impressed, especially after the horrible performance from Adobe Reader X.
Chippy said the PDF Viewer icon looks like it’s a Foxit product. But the Foxit site has no mention of any such Android PDF reader.
I was very impressed by the entire review of the HTC Flyer. I was never keen on the feel, slabby design, or lackluster screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The HTC Flyer seems to be superior in every way.
A US$499 pricetag is very hard to justify, though. Especially since that’s the price of a WiFi-only version — minus the Magic Pen at Best Buy. The Magic Pen is another $80 expense — and it’s needed because that’s the only way to take a screensnap! An unlocked GSM 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab is also US$499.
And then, of course, there’s the 8.9″ HP TouchPad that starts at US$499 too for a WiFi-only model. But I really shouldn’t compare an 8.9″ screen to a 7″ one, since portability is also valuable.
More for me to think about now.
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In the meantime, here is a video done separate from the live review that shows a brief demonstration of the included PDF Viewer with the test Google Books PDF. The PDF Viewer demo begins at about 3:33 in (stay tuned afterwards for the customized pen-enabled Kobo eBook app!).
Paperback Book Versus 7″ Tablet, Part One
Size Comparison: Kindle 3 Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab
PDF And ePub On Asus Eee Note
eInk Nook Reading Google Books PDF
Mass Market Paperback Vs. Tablets
Photo: Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. NookColor
More PDF Action On Rooted NookColor
Video: PDF And ePub On Archos 101 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF On Rooted NookColor
NookColor Handling Office Files
Google Books PDF Smackdown: NookColor Vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs. iPad
Kobo Reader Vs. Mass-Market Paperback