In my review of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, I found that performance didn't seem to be quite up to snuff. A commenter noted that that was reportedly because the Tab 8.9 was designed to be used portrait mode, so the system has to rotate what's on the screen by 90°. And surprisingly enough, when I took another look at the tablet I noticed that it seemed to be true - things were smooth as can be when using it in portrait mode - it's simply that, unless an app requires it, I always use tablets in landscape.

So I'm curious: excluding when apps require a certain orientation, which way do you use your tablet the most?

Do You Use Your Tablet In Portrait Or Landscape Orientation?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Skippy

    Depends on what I'm doing, Depends on the CSS of web pages. Depends on the apk.
    Just plain ole depends. They don't leak much.....lmao

  • http://danielkvist.net Daniel Kvist

    Landscape is much preferred on my GT 10.1. Any app that forces me into portrait gets removed instantly. I also find it very strange that an app like YouTube only allows landscape full screen one way and not the other. Makes looking at movies on my GT in it's official case very annoying. Spotify does the same thing.

  • fonix232

    Tablets are made to be used in landscape, atleast that was the primary design principle - as tablet PCs are all laptops, without an attached keyboard, and with a touch screen (or any other screen input, e.g. WACOM).

    • Jon Garrett


      unless its a crapple iPad with its 4:3 aspect ratio.

  • Yushaun

    I use it diagonally for the best of both worlds :) :p

  • Blacksheep

    Guess I'm the weirdo. I use mine in portrait mode almost exclusively, landscape only for games or what require it. I likewise become annoyed when an app requires landscape. I guess I like feeling like I'm holding a book when I have a tablet.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ISantop Ian

      Which is great for reading books!

      Otherwise, though, I'll probably keep mine in landscape otherwise.

  • http://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk Ronnie

    I have an Asus Transformer, which means I use it in landscape when docked, but most of the time when undocked I use it in portrait, because I tend to be reading news articles or forums that benefit from being able to see more vertical parts of the page, meaning less scrolling.

  • http://www.dougarthur.com Doug

    How else can you use a two handed keyboard on a tablet? Landscape is a must!

    • Dave

      Thumbkeyboard split in portrait works great.

      • Gino

        I agree. Thumbkeyboard has been my "go to" tablet keyboard for all of my tablets.

  • Dave

    Mostly portrait becuase it's easier to type stuff. Landscape is for games, everything else's is portrait.

  • Gino

    When I had my Transformer I used landscape for everything. Now that I have an Archos G9 80 (4:3) I love using it in portrait. The only time I ever use landscape is for games.

    I would say 10" are too top heavy for portrait but a 7"-8" tablet is perfect for portrait viewing.

  • Cristian

    As the owner of a Xoom, I will only use my tablet in landscape, and partly for the reason above. It seems that the larger 10.1" tablets were designed for landscape use, and seem laggy when in portrait. Plus apps look the best in landscape.

  • nerdshowandtell

    Landscape. Wider display of content for less scrolling/swiping. Also there is a reason the camera is in the center of the top bezel when in landscape :-) thats the way it should be used, and performance should be tuned to work best in that resolution.. I also use adw laumcher ex with the dock bar on the homescreen, landscape gives me lots of icons without scrolling left/right, and more room for widgets on each screen.

  • http://mobiletechview.com johnd

    Don't have one yet. I'll let you know when the prime comes out.

  • Kyle

    Landscape mode all the way. Hell I even turn of auto rotation too.

  • AppleFUD

    This same poll was taken on the precentral forums for the TouchPad. Results are looking about the same--~80% use in landscape mode predominantly. That's my personal choice and the only time I use portrait is when the app forces me.

    Now if the tablet OS gods would just put the controls in places where we could access them without having to reposition our hands every friggin time--yeah, I'm talking to you Matias. Does search really need to be at the top? Couldn't a little search icon be down toward the bottom and expand into a search field when tapped? Couldn't the notification bar be at the bottom or just above the home doc icons so it's easily accessed on larger phones for people with small hands and on tablets? ETC. . . .

    A little thought goes a long ways.

  • L boogie

    Landscape though some apps are portrait oriented

  • Edd

    Hell, I even only use my phone in landscape - even flashed my HD2 to have the Desire Z Rom for Landscape Sense.

  • Lee

    I have the original Galaxy Tab (with Ginger Bread) and for my most used apps I use them in portrait because they work better that way and don't take advantage or look correct in landscape.

    If I had honeycomb and it's apps I'd probably use landscape to see more information.

  • ABTBenjamins

    Where is the option for both? :( I'm split nearly 50% of the time.

  • Ryan S

    Mostly landscape because I am either surfing higher content websites and Id rather have it scroll than compress text, am typing or watching a video.

    About the only time I go portrait is reading a book.

  • brunobb

    I use my galaxy tab 7" portrait most time.

  • Doug Fiedor

    My Transformer is almost always docked to the keyboard. I quickly got used to using it that way, so that's how it stays.

    Anyone know where I can get spell check for an Android word processor?? If I can find that, I've got a sweet portable system and can then write anywhere I happen to sit.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    Original Galaxy Tab 7 here, portrait unless I'm forced.

  • Kyle

    Portrait except for games and video. I got a 10.1 inch tablet, because I wanted to be able to read a regular pdf without much zooming. I've found that it makes most apps more comfortable. I can thumb type easier that way, and I can see more on most websites.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I'd say it depends on the tablet size. Portrait on 7" and landscape on 10".

  • Deltaechoe

    If i'm reading ebooks or something like that, I use the tablet in portrait. For just about everything else I use landscape. It all depends on what I'm doing

  • http://www.playtogetherstaytogether.co.uk Steven Thomsen-Jones

    I think with my Xoom being 16:9 then Landscape works best most of the time, it's too 'thin' in portrait for my tastes, so unless forced, or I'm reading a digital magazine or Comic I will always default to landscape.
    There is certainly a need for developers to try and implement both orientations though it;s all about choice and I've seen plenty of apps that allow you to rotate but then just plain look broken when you do.

  • http://apexcarpentryinc.com Craig

    I tried using portait mode to post this comment to see what it is like as I always use landscape mode.

  • Ike

    I have a 7" HTC Flyer, so portrait... but if I had a 10" tablet, my answer would be landcape. (kind of a loaded question, with all the options available.)

  • Bob O`Bob

    I use my Transformer more often in landscape mode, but my Playbook more often in portrait mode. Partly because many Playbook games force it.

  • Vicki Maree Whateley

    I prefer to use landscape but it is so hard to find apps that dont force me to use portrait.