Google Books PDF On HTC Flyer

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.

And he tested the Google Books PDF I always use — Success: A Novel [Google Books; Google Docs] — in both Adobe Reader X and in the PDF Viewer that is bundled with the Flyer.

Results after the break.

With both programs, rendering each page took about a second or so, but with Adobe Reader X it looked slower.


Adobe Reader X

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!


PDF Viewer

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.

If you haven’t been tuning in to these live reviews, you’re missing the hottest tech ticket in town — for free! They’re in-depth with a chatroom where live questions can be asked. Follow @chippy and @carrypad on Twitter to be notified. YouTube videos of portions of this live session — and other ones — are now available here.

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!).

Previously here:

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

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Google Books PDF On HTC Flyer

  1. Thanks for the mention Mike.
    The Pen section of the live session is now available on YouTube.

  2. George

    Foxit Confirms HTC Flyer Uses Foxit PDF Core Technology

    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/announcements/201105175606.html

  3. Tom

    In case anyone was wondering how to share those annotated PDFs…You have to get a file manager (like ASTRO for example) to find the PDF on your device and then send via e-mail. Once a file manager is installed, you can attach from GMail app too, it’ll prompt you. Or of course open up the file manager itself to then send a file via GMail app (up to you, either way same result).

    The really cool thing is, your scribble/annotations/highlighting is NOT flattened when you just “save” the PDF. You CAN flatten it if you wanted, but a normal save keeps everything layered. So when you open up that PDF on a desktop computer, you can remove and edit those markings you made with the magic pen.

    I’m just using Adobe’s free PDF viewer…If there’s a different program for your desktop computer maybe that then can toggle show/hide those extra layers with annotations (or if Adobe’s viewer can do it) then that would be even cooler! But I imagine you can always save down the original un-marked version too.

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