Poll 2014-10-20 I mainly use my tablet in:
I mainly use my tablet in:
Landscape Mode
14 votes (37%)
Portrait Mode
11 votes (29%)
I never got one. Now get off my lawn.
13 votes (34%)
Reply 12 comments

Depends (Score: 1)

by computermachine@pipedot.org on 2014-10-20 11:58 (#2TGN)

I think it depends on the size. I have the first gen Nexus 7 and I almost exclusively use it in portrait mode. With a larger tablet maybe I would find landscape mode more comfortable.

Re: Depends (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-10-20 21:25 (#2THD)

I'm not so sure. The Nexus 7 is also popular for permanent setups like in-car installs because of its size. The great thing about it is that it fits so many different use cases.

Missing Option (Score: 1)

by billshooterofbul@pipedot.org on 2014-10-20 19:03 (#2TH8)

I hardly ever use my tablet, now that I have Shamu-boy Neil.

Transformer (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org on 2014-10-20 21:49 (#2THE)

I prefer portrait mode when the tablet is alone. But with the ASUS Transformer, I often have the tablet attached to its keyboard dock - which pretty much locks it into landscape mode.

Re: Transformer (Score: 1)

by zocalo@pipedot.org on 2014-10-21 12:22 (#2THZ)

Similar here, although even without the keyboard I tend to surf the web, read email etc. in landscape mode. I generally only use portrait mode when I'm reading an eBook (for which I always remove the keyboard and use portrait mode) or for some web sites, or even specific articles, that I think work better that way around. Probably that's just pre-conditioning on my part and that of web site designers; we're still used to the landscape orientation of desktop monitor being the norm, even though some recent web stats imply that most browsing for some sites is now done via phones and tablets.

Re: Transformer (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org on 2014-10-21 14:26 (#2TJ5)

I use my tablet (Galaxy Note 10.2) almost only to read eBooks (>90%). I always read in landscape mode if the format is epub. This way I have two pages open in almost the same size as when I read a normal paper pocket book. Of course, technical literature in pdf format I usually read in portrait mode. Whatever works best.

Btw...when I bought my tablet a few years ago, I tested quite a few readers. At that time cool reader was the best I found:
Maybe in the meantime a better one was released, but I am still happy enough with this one that I feel no pressure to search for
alternatives. One of the best features: It is open source.

Re: Transformer (Score: 1)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-10-21 20:11 (#2TJS)

Good tip, thanks for it. I use aldiko (free version) and moon reader, both on Android, and both quite acceptable. I might try this - looks also useful for reading epubs on a Linux desktop (I currently use calibre for that. Calibre was roundly trashed at this previous |. article)

Re: Transformer (Score: 2, Informative)

by zocalo@pipedot.org on 2014-10-26 15:52 (#2TQF)

I'll second the vote for Moon+ Reader here. I registered and use the Pro version on my Transformer and find it consistently gives the best results, is very stable, and has good performance - with the exception of handling PDFs which could use some work. For that I tend to use EBookDroid, which also has a great 2-up display mode that I use for a couple of PDF photography magazines that have a lot of image heavy double page spreads.

Forgotten option: (Score: 4, Funny)

by venkman@pipedot.org on 2014-10-21 00:11 (#2THF)

the bathroom

Re: Forgotten option: (Score: 2, Interesting)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-10-21 09:32 (#2THW)

Jeez, plus one to that, brother. I actually relocated the modem/router to make sure I could get a signal in the bathroom. Living the good life now!