Update On iPad 2 And Google Books PDFs

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..)

This is a continuation of a series of posts about devices I fondled last Friday (December 2, 2011).

All screensnaps in this post are full iPad 2 resolution. Click any to enlarge.

In November 2010 I first did this test on an iPad.

With the faster iPad 2 and improvements to iOS (now 5.x), I thought it was time to try it again.

This is not an academic exercise. I have a ton of Google Books PDFs I want to read and the iPad’s form factor is best suited to that. In fact, I read the test book shown here on my desktop.

This is the usual test file:

But something was awry. Google removed the PDF version of it:

I was flummoxed when that happened during my Nook Tablet fondle. But this time I decided to try More Editions:

Which led to this:

And this edition, which still had a PDF version:

And here it is open in iBooks:

It’s still the case that if a PDF is paged past a certain point, the iPad needs to pause to render the page …

… and that can take a second or two:

Still, it was noticeably faster than a year ago. Still not the smooth experience I’d like to have, but this is now possible:

A big hop to a different page:

But the iPad still isn’t there yet.

Although this represents an improvement for Google Books PDFs, I think iBooks still needs optimization or a more powerful CPU/GPU to render faster and to cache more pages.

I have a worse PDF torture test of the iPad 2 in another post coming later today. The iPad 2 failed that one. So did the iPhone 4s.

Previously in this fondle series:

Nano-Fondle: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Nano-Fondle: Kindle Fire
Fondle: Nook Tablet
Nano-Fondle: eInk Devices
Nano-Fondle: Windows Phone And More
Nano-Fondle: Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0

5 Comments

Filed under Google Books PDFs, iOS

5 responses to “Update On iPad 2 And Google Books PDFs

  1. Brandon

    Out of curiosity, have you tried GoodReader with any of these PDFs? It’s a huge improvement over anything iBooks is capable of. I don’t use iBooks for anything PDF related as GoodReader allows for not only reading of PDFs but markup/highlighting/bookmarking as well.

    • mikecane

      How can I use GoodReader? I’m using an Apple Store iPad that will not download even demos from the App Store. I can get iBookstore samples, but nothing from the App Store.

  2. ClockworkZombie

    I started using Goodreader because of the render pauses with iBooks.

    Do you notice a difference with other applications?

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