I have to admit, PDFs look awesome on the new iPad

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I’ve seen the third generation iPad’s screen in person many times, but it wasn’t until a friend of mine brought his by today that I got a chance to try a direct comparison, using my own PDF files. Boy, I shouldn’t have done that.

Now I want that bloody thing! I have thousands of pages worth of PDF files that I use on my iPad, and they look much better on the new screen. It wasn’t really a surprise, I mean it’s only logical, but I had no idea the difference would be that huge. Everything was clearer, much because many of my PDFs are scans with two pages crammed into one. Those scans stretch the limit of what’s really feasible to read without zooming on the iPad 1/2, but I had no problem reading them on the new iPad.

Since PDF reading is one of the reasons I have an iPad, I hate that the new one is so much better for that task. Even though I could probably sell my 32GB 3G iPad 2 for about what I have to pay for a 16GB WiFi version of the new one, I don’t really want to give up both storage and 3G capability to switch to a heavier device with less battery life. I hope and think the iPad 4 will fix the steps backwards that Apple took with the third iPad, so I’m sort of holding out for that. The iPad mini is also likely to be announced soon, and that’s a valid contender as well as even with a resolution identical to the iPad 2, the screen size and pixel density would make it better for reading those double sided pages one side at a time.

Finally, there’s always the hope that I will one day be able to flip Apple the bird and go all out Android. Not very much hope, though, as the last year has basically not produces any of the apps I need to make that switch, so it doesn’t seem to actually be moving anywhere at all.

Either way, I’ll keep my iPad 2 for now. Despite how much better the screen is for PDF reading on the new one, I still don’t think it’s worth buying a product that isn’t an upgrade in all areas.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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7 thoughts on “I have to admit, PDFs look awesome on the new iPad

  • I agree with you !
    It looks so sharp and good :)

  • Avatar of Patrick

    I know. My grandpa has one and everytime I use it, everything is so crisp and detailed! Wondering if I should get the IPad 4 or a windows 8 tablet. My IPhone 4S has 64gb but has small screen my iPad 2 is only 32gb so I will need more space. Be switching to a windows or android phone next year so I could switch over totally to android/windows or not. I love my IPad! Does almost every basic tasks. Still prefer using Mac for pages and typing. I like the Idea if surface. But what is resolution of screen?

  • Avatar of Hayden Smith

    random post lol

  • Avatar of hisuwh

    Whats apps do you need to switch fully over to android then?

    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

      Equivalents to Goodreader, Goodnotes, and Scanner Pro first and foremost… By that I don’t mean apps that look similar on paper but are useless for the same tasks in reality, like ezPDF/supernote/camscanner (respectively) to name a few examples, but apps that are actually as good. Many others though, but those three would make a brilliant start. in fact, even goodreader and scanner pro on their own would be epic, as goodreader can in many ways replace goodnotes.

  • Avatar of The larch

    I bet pdfs will look good on the ipad mini as well.


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