Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. The format is light and can support a variety of document styles, from text-heavy manuals to highly image-based documents such as ebooks and comics. There are literally hundreds of PDF readers available for Android. Having this myriad of choices makes it common practice for users to either use the PDF reader app already provided by the phone manufacturer or do a best PDF readers search in Google.

The problem with the first approach is that you might get stuck with a less than adequate solution while the latter might produce a reader with a feature list longer than your arm but with only a handful of actually useful ones.

iMedicalApps took a closer look at that best PDF readers results page and subjected them to a few simple tests to determine which are actually better suited for our medical needs. We tested the 10 most common PDF readers with a medical paper and assessed their ease of use, reading features, price and annotating abilities.

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Free PDF Readers

Adobe Reader

The mobile version is light and functional and can display a range of PDF documents, including those with fillable forms, password protected files, and those protected with Adobe LiveCycle DRM. Adobe Reader includes text reflow, a contextual search feature, bookmark and hyperlink support. The app processes the document in real-time instead of loading it entirely so some blurred text is to be expected when zooming in and out. Users can also insert and view annotations. You can draw callouts and doodles on the document to take a note. Adding text as well as strike-through existing text is allowed. This app feels light and simple.

Price: Free

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Foxit Mobile PDF

Foxit Mobile PDF is a solid dedicated PDF reader app. On the display end, Foxit handles normal and password protected PDFs, with support for document and user bookmarks. It supports various types of view modes including Single and Continuous Paging, Thumbnail view and text-reflow. The annotation options let you highlight, underline, or strikethrough text, as well as add sticky note text boxes. We can easily adjust annotation colors, opacity, border thickness and note appearance. Foxit also has great Cloud support, allowing access to services like Dropbox / SkyDrive / Google Drive / Box / KuaiPan. Excellent mix of features.

Price: free

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