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Old 08-28-2011, 02:41 PM   #6
Mark Rehorst
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Originally Posted by Artha View Post
Do you know if Kindle DX the second generation is any nicer because of the big screen?
I have a DXG and it is better for pdfs than a smaller screen device, however, it still is not great. Adding Duokan improves it somewhat but the real flaw in all currently available readers is inadequate screen size. A small screen requires that the pdf be panned/zoomed and the e-reader software to do that is not very good for some reason.

My DXG handles many small pdf files quite well, and rotating to landscape mode applies just enough zoom to make files quite readable, but it can't display a whole page so you're back to scrolling/panning. Large pdf files choke the device and are all but unuseable. Page turns and panning/scrolling can take minutes.

If you really want to read pdfs, you'd better stick with a tablet that has a fast processor and plenty of memory. The display will still be too small, but the panning and zooming (and color) will be better.

When someone markets an e-reader with a screen that is as large as an A4 or letter page (about 13") the need for pan and zoom will disappear and everything will work better.
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