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Old 08-07-2013, 05:59 PM   #16
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For PDFs, I'd recommend a Nook HD+, they're on crazy clearance right now ($149 at B&N). Good battery life, reasonably fast, beautiful 1920x1280 screen, official Cyanogen Mod support.
The UK price is nothing like that..Argos have it for £159 (32GB)
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/8140412.htm

I have one from nook UK but I still wouldn't recommend it until the magic USB cable is a bit easier (read cheaper) to find. I resent paying £15 for a cable + charger (with a USA plug) when I only want the stupid cable.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #17
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I agree 100%. For the price of a DX you can buy a 2nd-hand iPad which will be hugely better for this purpose. The DX is just too slow to be good for rendering complex PDFs.
Obviously the LCD quality from the iPad isn't very good. And don't forget the glare display. No way to read those in bright sun light.

The Kindle DX is a very fine big eink reader. I have no problem with most PDF files. Also I have read that there is an alternative PDF viewer you can (manually) install on the device. If you don't have already a big one get it.

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Old 08-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #19
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #20
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If the OP is in an area where he/she could take advantage of the Nook HD+ for the $149 price then that would be a good tablet to get for the way he would use it. There are a lot of PDF readers on the market that would perform great for that intended use.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:03 AM   #21
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Obviously the LCD quality from the iPad isn't very good.
"Obviously"? It's far from "obvious". The iPad has a very good screen indeed.

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And don't forget the glare display. No way to read those in bright sun light.
I don't personally have a requirement to read technical PDFs in bright sunshine. The only type of reading I generally do outdoors is fiction - and for that I do of course use an eInk reader. But I stand by my view that the iPad is a far superior device for reading PDFs.
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but I wonder whether tablets are better than e-ink readers to read PDF files for couple of hours without eye strain.
Depends on your eyes. Reading for extended periods on backlit LCD screens causes me pain. I would never get a tablet for that, but my eyes are mine.

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My best guess is that if you don't have any difficulty reading for extended periods on a computer, you probably won't on a tablet. Turning down the brightness might help.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:23 PM   #23
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" But I stand by my view that the iPad is a far superior device for reading PDFs.
That might be your personal opinion but I haven't seen any hard evidence.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #24
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That might be your personal opinion but I haven't seen any hard evidence.
I find the iPad and other tablets are faster at loading PDF files, don't crash as often as the K3, Touch, and PW do, and redraw pages more quickly and with higher res screens in the 10" tablets, they're better for small text and tables, at least with RPG rule books. Or line art, for that matter. There's also expandable storage on the Android and Windows tablets.
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That might be your personal opinion but I haven't seen any hard evidence.
The iPad is much, much faster, and the screen has a far higher contrast. Those are objective facts, not opinion. Speed is a real issue for many of the PDFs I read which have complex layouts. Another factor is that many of the PDFs I read (largely journal articles on Egyptology) have colour illustrations, and they obviously appear much better on the iPad's colour screen.
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The iPad is much, much faster, and the screen has a far higher contrast. Those are objective facts, not opinion. Speed is a real issue for many of the PDFs I read which have complex layouts. Another factor is that many of the PDFs I read (largely journal articles on Egyptology) have colour illustrations, and they obviously appear much better on the iPad's colour screen.
No, it's just opinion. My computer screen has a static contrast 1000:1 and a dynamic contrast of 5000000:1. It's still not comfortable to read on it. Contrast as a single attribute doesn't say much about the overall reading comfort.

Speed might sometimes be an annoyance but I really don't mind waiting for 1 - 2 seconds to go to the next page. It's a reading device and not a gaming console.
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Set to mono-palette it is near instant flash, with minimal ghosting. That's a DX.
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Inverted palette is how my FB ones are set. including the 3's. Comfy like that.

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For PDFs, I'd recommend a Nook HD+, they're on crazy clearance right now ($149 at B&N). Good battery life, reasonably fast, beautiful 1920x1280 screen, official Cyanogen Mod support.
Agreed. I loved the KDX at first for reading PDFs, but once I got the Nook HD+ the KDX just gathered dust. I sold the KDX today and I miss it already. :-( Such a gorgeous device.
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