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Old 01-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and PDFs - question

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would somone be able to give me feedback about reading PDFs on the Samsung 8.9 tablet - is the screen size large enough to make it easy to read PDFs?
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 & a couple PDF's on it. For your question, I used Adobe Reader, PDF to GO, Polaris Office, Amazon Kindle App, and Sony Reader App.

The two PDF's I used were "Olga's Nutrional Info" & "Android Updated: Here's How Guide".

All App allowed zooming in & out. There was a little hesitation when zooming with the Amazaon Kindle App. On the "Android Update" doc, the Sony & Kindle App formated the document into to pages, sorta like reading a magazine. I think this made it easier to navigate.

Each of the Apps flowed easily from horizontal to veritcal with little effort. I need to mention that both docs had white backgrounds & I had to turn down the screen brightness. The screen size was not a problem for me with the ability to zoom in & out.

I did not try to edit or make notes, so I can't speak to that.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:12 AM   #3
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PrincessV,
thanks for the information and the extensive testing of the various PDF readers. I went and viewed the PDFs on my laptop so this gives me a good assessment about the useability of the Samsung with PDFs. I'm particularly interested in this size table because of the form factor and weight.
One further question: how much zooming was needed to read the PDFs, i.e. 0%, 10%, 20%?
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:57 AM   #4
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Have to keep in mind the difference reading ability. I read glasses. So I zoomed to a size that was comfortable for me. I don't think the size of the tablet will be the factor. I think it will be the strength of your eyesight! But, I'd say I zoomed approximately 20%.

The other thing is these files came up perfectly! There was a little "refresh", if you will. But nothing like reading PDF's on a device years ago (fuzzy, crooked & just plain ugly!).

As far as size & form factor, the 8.9 is perfect for me. It's not heavy, thick or bulky. The documents initially adjusted to the screen size when I first pulled up the document.

If you can, check it out a local store that has wifi. Most resturants list menus in PDF format. Pull one down & check it out.

I am happy with the Samsung Galaxy tab 8.9. (I have the AT&T 4G version).

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:29 AM   #5
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For PDF you can try Mantano reader. It has crop feature, so you can enlarge the pdf document to get rid of the margin. it will remember your choice for the subsequent pages, so no need to resize every page.
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If you want to do the cropping of PDFs yourself, there is Briss.
Briss a simple cross-platform application for cropping PDF files. http://briss.sourceforge.net/
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:01 AM   #7
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Thanks to everyone for this information, especially as regards PDF reading.
I also found a lot of feedback on the Samsung 8.9 at the Bestbuy website from the customer reviews, which is helpful as lots of people are using it for an ereader.
Now I'm just trying to get over my aversion to the high price in New Zealand
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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Just to second all the comments above. i use EZPDF on the 8.9 Tab and it works very well for me. Lots of options for viewing, including a very handy column view, where double-tapping on a column of text zooms in so you can focus on just that particular column, and swiping automatically brings up the next column.

I read PDFs all the time on the Tab - it's one of the main reasons I abandoned my Kindle. The Tab is an excellent PDF reader.
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