Thursday 29, June, 2017


PDF reader apps for Android devices

PDF reader apps have always been a pain in the neck. Generally speaking, there are two major use cases for PDF files. The first is business use, where you can create forms in PDF format and have people fill them out. The second is for ebooks, which are just text formatted in such a way that it’s easily read. Usually, PDF reader apps only cater to one of two of these use cases and in this list, we’re going to check out the best PDF reader apps for Android for those who are looking for more of a business use.

adobe acrobat reader best PDF Reader apps for AndroidAdobe Reader

[Price: Free with in-app purchases] Adobe Acrobat Reader is the default choice for a lot of people. It has that “it just works” feeling and many use it just as a default PDF reader on their devices so they can open those files when they’re downloaded. The app also includes other features, including the ability to annotate and take notes on PDFs, fill out forms and sign your signature, and it also comes with support for Dropbox and Adobe Document Cloud. If you go the in-app purchases route, you can also get additional features, including exporting PDF files to various other formats.

best pdf readers for androidAnDoc DJVU and PDF Reader

[Price: Free / $0.99] AnDoc’s claim to fame is how simple the app is. It can open and view PDF as well as DJVU files and that’s really about all it can do. This is an excellent app for anyone who needs something small and out of the way to read those occasional PDF files you download from the Internet. It could be useful as an ebook reader, but we recommend going with an app that specializes in viewing PDFs as ebooks. It’s a free download with the paid version costin $0.99 as an in-app purchase.

best pdf readers for androidCamScanner – Phone PDF Creator

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $49.99 per year] CamScanner has been a long time favorite productivity tool for a lot of people. It can import PDFs like most, but it can be used as a scanner to turn physical paper documents into PDFs. It has a variety of features to help improve the scanning process which helps make some clean, crisp documents. After the document has been made, you can add annotations, invite colleagues to view and comment on your scans, sync across platforms, and you can even send it as a fax (for a nominal fee) if you need to. You get additional features such as 10GB of cloud space, some editing features, and more if you go the paid route, which is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.

DocuSign best PDF Reader apps for AndroidDocusign

[Price: Free with in-app purchases] DocuSign is a relatively newer app, but its designed specifically for business use when it comes to PDFs. The app’s primary function is to open documents, allow you to fill them out, sign them, and then send them where they need to go. That part of the app is entirely unlimited and free, which we liked a lot. It also comes with a few premium plans (subscriptions), including a Standard Plan, Real Estate Plan, and Personal Plan. Each one is tailored to a different kind of need so if you need something for your business, it’s worth checking those plans out.

Ebook and PDF Reader best PDF Reader apps for AndroidEbook and PDF Reader

[Price: Free] Ebook and PDF Reader is another up-and-coming app that seems to fit in well. It is more of an ebook reader than anything else, but it does come with enough PDF functionality to be considered one of the best. It would be used primarily for PDF viewing and has features that make viewing PDFs comfortable, easy, and quick. It also comes with a ton of ebook related features, including bookmarks, night mode, and support for other ebook formats. It’s based on the EbookDroid open source code and is entirely free.  

best pdf readers for androidezPDF Reader – Multimedia PDF

[Price: Free / $0.99 / $3.99] One of the biggest advantages to using ezPDF Reader is that it has features for both ebook use and business use. On the business side of the things, the app can be used to fill out PDF forms, annotate, and there are features to help you view each PDF how you want to. On the ebook and multimedia side, it comes with support for audio, video, and animated GIFs along with ePub support in case you have more than one type of ebook. If you’re looking for a simple, all-in-one solution, this may be what you’re looking for.

Fast Scanner best PDF Reader apps for AndroidFast Scanner

[Price: Free / $2.99] Fast Scanner is another scanner application that isn’t quite as heavy as CamScanner. This nifty, simple app will scan documents using your smartphone camera and then turn them into either JPEG or PDF files for easier distribution digitally. It comes with a variety of features to help sharpen and clean the scan as much as possible before finalizing anything. You can then use any PDF reader app to view it yourself. Most of the features, and all of the important ones, are available in the free version.  

Foxit best PDF Reader apps for AndroidFoxit MobilePDF – PDF Reader

[Price: Free / $0.99] If ezPDF is mostly business related with a few ebook features, Foxit represents the other side of the spectrum. The majority of its features are ebook related, and includes navigation features for long PDF files, support for bookmarks, PDF management (sort by name, size, etc), cloud storage support, and more. There are a few business features, such as annotations, the ability to sign documents, and more. If you go the paid route, you’ll also get file protection features. They also have a business oriented reader for $4.99.  

Google PDF Viewer best PDF Reader apps for AndroidGoogle PDF Viewer

[Price: Free] Google PDF Viewer is Google’s offering for those who need to read PDF files. It’s one of the apps that integrates to Google Drive, much like Docs, Sheets, and Slides and will read PDFs in your Google Drive account as well. As a PDF reader, it’s very simple and only includes the most basic features, including search, text selection for copying, and print features. It hides its icon from the app drawer, but should open every time you try to open a PDF file on your device. It’s simple, but it’s also completely free.
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