If you use Tapatalk for your forum-browsing needs on Android, you've probably lamented the lack of a proper tablet client for some time. After all, reading forums is one of those tasks you might actually want to do with a big screen capable of displaying significantly larger amounts of information than your phone.

You'll be relieved to hear, then, that Tapatalk now has an open beta for Tapatalk HD, the upcoming slate-specific version of the app. Tapatalk HD was designed with 7" tablets in mind (I think we all know which one), so when I heard about it, I was kind of excited. After all, this is exactly the sort of developer behavior the Nexus 7 is supposed to be encouraging.

Now, I understand it's a beta. I understand it will have bugs, features are still being added, and the UI probably needs a little bit of polishing. But I'm pretty sure the folks over at Tapatalk just started working on this app from the wrong angle - literally. Tapatalk HD is designed to be used in landscape mode, and that makes, well, no sense at all, really. The most annoying part is perhaps that all the stuff you see in the screenshots could clearly be done in portrait mode, but for whatever reason, you can't rotate it.


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Tapatalk is an app that is for the most part about reading and writing, two activities that are simply easier to do in portrait mode.

Anyway, aside from that rather annoying flaw, the app does seem to work fine on my Nexus 7 (if a little slowly). I can't speak to other devices, but Tapatalk claims it should be compatible with most Android 4.0+ tablets. Hit up our mirrors to download it directly, below. And check out the source link, too, I'm sure Tapatalk would love some input from users on its latest creation.

Tapatalk HD v0.2

Tapatalk Support, Thanks @WinDroidGuy!