My latest challenge: finding a good PDF reader for Android that I can use on a smartphone and a tablet. Let me tell you that I became somewhat frustrated trying out certain dark horses in this category, especially when trying to perform tasks such as filling out some sort of form, highlighting things or even just editing hyperlinks.
Today I’m reviewing ezPDF Reader for you—read on and discover whether my quest for the perfect PDF reader has come to an end.
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Features & Use
-HTC Desire with 2.3.7 (Root and Custom ROM)
-Acer Iconia A500 with 3.2
The app overview is split into four tabs:
-My docs: This harbours a file browser with which PDF docs can be opened. All the usual features (copy, paste, etc.) are available.
-Recent: Displays recent PDFs in a chic bookshelf design. The file’s first page serves as book cover.
-All PDF: Displays a list of all files that contain PDF docs.
-Web Docs: A neat little function that lets you open up files from a URL or Google Docs. Perhaps sometime in the future Dropbox will be supported, too (hint, hint, dear developers!).
As to the app’s main function – i.e. viewing a PDF – all the usual functions (such as turning pages, zooming) are featured, as well as:
• Annotation tools for marking (circles, rectangles, freehand drawing, arrows, text, images...)
• Zoom tools
• Page selection
• Full text search
• Export/import annotations
• Night mode
• Change all to text
That’s just a quick selection of the available tools and features—there’s really ample to choose from.
Here’s a quick overview of multitouch commands from the app description:
- 5-point-tap : Annotation Tool On or Off
- 4-point-tap : Notification Bar On or Off
- 3-point-tap : PDF view or Text Reflow view
- 2-point-tap : Reduces the page to fit the width when enlarged
- 1-point-tap : Toggles Menu On or Off
This of course requires a device that supports up to five touch points. The HTC Desire only supports two, but the Iconia A500 supports all five.
The settings, much like the rest of the app’s functionality, are very ample: you can set the app to perform according to your personal preferences for things like scrolling, volume, turning the pages effects, editing hyperlinks, setting a night mode…
ezPDF Reader is a very generous app when it comes to functions and features. I’ve really tried to come up with something that might be missing, or something that could be improved, but I honestly can’t think of anything (oh well, there goes my image as a hair-splitter). Everything works beautifully, be it editing or reading texts or viewing / listening to video / audio files.
Screen & Controls
The design and controls for ezPDF Reader are top notch. I especially like the tablet layout which is sleek and easy to use. The app is very easy to use and multitouch gestures work well, also.
Speed & Stability
ezPDF Reader runs very smoothly and the only shadow that falls on an otherwise stellar performance is that it takes a short while for PDF files to load to the 'All PDF' tab.
ezPDF Reader costs 2,23€, a price which I feel is perfectly proportionate for the functionality users will be able to benifit from. The app can be downloaded from the Android Market.