I decided that 8 inches tablets are the way to go for pdf files. Sure a 10 or 11' has more screen real estate, but 8 inches tablets are more portable. Now, I narrowed down my choices to the Acer Iconia A1-810, Asus Memo Pad 8 and the Dell Venue 8. They are all 8 inches and very affordable. I must mention that I only have about $200 to spend, so anything over $200 is out of the question. I was considering the first generation Nexus 7, but a 7 inch tablet is not ideal for my collection of technical pdf files (o'reilly programming books,engineering books, etc). I know if I get the Nexus 7, I'll get tired of zooming in all the time just to read a textbook and more than likely end up playing games. I'm aware that due to my low budget, I can't expect a lot from those two choices. Having said that, what I don't like about the Iconia A1-810 is its low resolution and that it only has 1GB of memory. Then again, the original iPad Mini had the same low resolution (1024x768). The Dell Venue 8 on the other hand, has 2GB of ram and a 1280x800 resolution. The problem is that I have heard so many negative comments about this tablet dying suddenly or the screen having zero sensitivity. What do you think? Any advice? Thank you in advance and have a successful 2014!!