As an Adobe employee, I’ve obviously got an opinion but… so does Duff Johnson, CEO of Appligent Document Solutions, the first service bureau in the world dedicated to PDF document technology.
Duff has just published an article where he presents an objective comparison of a variety of PDF viewers including Adobe Reader. Here’s a gem from the article…
"For those who still insist that applications can be measured by the time required for download or size of the installation, tell me how long does it take to deal with a PDF that breaks your preferred “lightweight” viewer?
Somehow, that metric never makes it into the lazy claims of ‘bloatware’."
You can read all of Duff’s article at http://www.appligent.com/talkingpdf-pdfreaderreview