Originally Posted by uriel222
I'm looking to buy a PDA (as cheaply as possible) primarily to read PDF docs. I'll use it for other things as well, such as organization, gaming, music, etc., but I primarily want something that can display PDFs clearly, and at a size that I don't have to side-scroll much.
My last PDA was a Palm IIIc, which just couldn't display PDFs properly at all.
Any suggestions? Or do I have to go to a laptop for this?
It all depends on whether you want to read PDF files in their original form, w/o converting to, say, the RepliGo format. With, for example, tech e-books, you will wnat to prefer the original format. This, however, requires a VGA device with as big a screen as possible used in landscape
mode. Then, your best bet is the iPAQ hx4700, even second-hand. It's unbeatable for this purpose.
There are several other models (the HTC Universal and ll F-S models) that have the same quality VGA screens, but they're 3.5-3.6" and are, therefore, much less suited for reding docs in their original format.
I wouldn't recommend any Dell VGA device because of the polarization problems in landscape.
Also see my articles on VGA issues; I've cross-posted them all to either the Software or the Chatting forum in here.
If converting (RepliGo) stuff is OK, then, even a QVGA device will suffice.