Description: Appside lets the reader take back control of their e-reading experience. The app aims to be your go-to whenever you want to sit back and fly through a few chapters. Featuring a streamlined interface, Smartreader makes it easy to store and find the stuff in your library that you want to read any time. Best of all, Smartreader has free and paid versions(one with ads and one without)letting the reader make the choice on which version of the app is best for them. It also has a lightweight footprint so that users don’t have to worry about it taking up too much memory, averaging only 10-12MB total.
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How It Works: Before you can start reading you’ll have to go to the Play Store and decide whether to download the free or paid version(ad-free)of Smartreader, once done, you can begin to enjoy tons of books anywhere you are right on your handset.
Smartreader opens right up with an easy to use and easy to access user interface. A helpful and minimal little tutorial breaks down a few basics of the e-reader for you, and then you’re off and running. That simple.
In addition to the lightweight footprint, Smartreader also has some other really great features. It doesn’t just let you store e-books(EPUB files), it also lets you store documents in either PDF or TXT format, and you can also store HTML web content so you can keep all your reading material literally in one place.
Searching for your files is easy and intuitive with the full graphic-based file manager. Switch between libraries(ebook, documents, or web)with the tap of a button, and add new books, documents, or web pages by hitting the “+” button.
If you enjoy reading your news and other content on the web, Smartreader’s offline webview mode will come in handy, letting you download blogs, news articles and other webpages and web content directly from your phones mobile browser for later offline viewing, with support for multiple browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Dolphin and plenty of others.
You can also annotate and personalize any of the PDF or EPUB content that you store, by taking and adding notes and highlighting specific portions of text, or inserting bookmarks so you don’t lose your place.
Need to look something up? No problem, Smartreader lets you view Wikipedia without having to leave the apps reading view and you can import offline dictionaries in Stardict format with support for both (mono and multilingual versions).
Opinion: Smartreader is more than just your standard e-reader app so you can read books on the go. It does that and does it fairly well, but you can also use it as your personal mobile dictionary, and it’s a perfectly good app to help you study if you’re in school, helping you keep your place with bookmarks, and give the user the ability to take notes and highlight’s for later reference. Finding things is easy with the graphic file manager interface, and it’s designed for smartphones but will support tablets in portrait mode. Smartreader is even adding in tons of new features down the line, and if you’re using the paid version of the app you’ll get access to those features first, which is pretty cool. Smartreader feels functional and versatile in the content and experience it gives to its users.
- Speed (5/5) – Smartreader runs as smooth as butter. Animations between page transitions are fluid and you’ll notice a general quickness about everything within the app.
- Feature (5/5) – Smartreader is packed full of awesome features from the start and with even more on the way in future updates. Each feature feels useful and not like it’s just there as a listed bonus.
- Theme (4/5) – The theme feels a little bland for the lack of colors, but in its simplicity the app looks extremely polished and is still well designed.
- Overall (4.5/5) – Lots of useful features and a nice design, with a commitment to bring more new content and features to users not to mention the all-in-one style storage for multiple types of reading content and not just ebooks, Smartreader is the only e-reader that one needs.
- Tons of features, and lots of ways for this to be useful to just about anyone
- Uses a very low amount of memory
- Wikipedia access
- Built-in file manager for organization
- History tracking
- Night mode
- UI is not very eye-popping or attention grabbing
Conclusion: With so many different e-reader apps available for Android it can be hard to peg one down. We can help you with that. If you want one with versatility and lots of awesome features, check out Smartreader. You can use the fully equipped free version and no features are left out. The app is easy to use, and is great for personal reading use or as a great tool for studying and reference. You’ll be hard pressed to find another e-reader this good.