Today I tested the Foxit PDF reader, version 3.1, since many people recommend it as a faster and lighter-weight alternative to Acrobat Reader. Well, its performance is disappointing: opening a 3MB PDF with Foxit takes 2-3 seconds before the first page is displayed. Opening the same PDF with Acrobat Reader (version 9.1) displays the document with no delay at all. I attempted to open few other PDFs with Foxit, with the same result: annoying pause before I could view the document, but with Acrobat Reader showing the document immediately.
So long Foxit, Acrobat Reader is still my favorite PDF reader.