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Author Topic: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait  (Read 2106 times)

jelv

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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2019, 12:15:52 PM »

can I clarify who is/are ‘we’?

Anyone reading this topic!
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2019, 12:46:05 PM »

Sorry Jelv, it was late and not now sure what I meant by that, point taken. :)
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Ronski

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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2019, 03:48:18 PM »

Thanks folks.

Shame I’m too shy to publicly identify myself, else I could refer to my own Apps for more specific debate.  I could even bump up the prices beforehand, to take advantage of the sudden rush. :D

There won't be any rush from me, I don't own any Apple products  :P
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2019, 06:15:44 PM »

There won't be any rush from me, I don't own any Apple products  :P

Another plan bites the dust.  Marketing and ‘monetisation’ have never been strengths of mine. ::)
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Alex Atkin UK

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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2019, 10:04:48 AM »

Its a very random question really as it depends entirely on the app.

I don't mind if games have specified aspect ratios, but when things like SSH clients are forced into portrait (so the text is too small/doesnt fit) or landscape (the keyboard then takes up too much space), then having the option of quickly switching between both is useful.

You also have to consider, is this an app where holding the tablet in one hand while doing something with the other might be a factor?  Then portrait is more important.

I think it really boils down to if you are compromising the UI by having both views, vs fully optimising for one.
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2019, 03:25:12 PM »

With my iPhone I use both, but on my iPad I have a keyboard built in the case so like Landscape only, some apps I have are only portrait mode so I do not use them  :'(
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2019, 11:10:08 PM »

Thanks again folks.  All contributions provide further insight to the question posted...

https://forum.kitz.co.uk/index.php/topic,24091.0.html

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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2019, 04:53:52 PM »

No doubt this will muddy the waters, but...

My preference for both iPad & iPhone is to use portrait mode, for several reasons:
1. If I am typing, the on-screen keyboard occupies about a third of the screen in portrait mode, but about half the screen in landscape mode. It therefore sometimes prevents me seeing what I have typed!
2. It's easier to hold in one hand, with the centre of mass closer to the wrist.
3. Small text isn't really an issue for me, as I am shortsighted, and tend to take off my specs and hold either device about 30cm from my face. Since both devices try to optimise to the viewing width, there's more viewable 'real estate' visible when in portrait.
4. I find it easier to read a greater number of shorter lines, rather than fewer but longer lines. (Maybe that's why most books are printed in portrait mode, and newspapers are printed in columns?) The Kitz site is a prime example of this.

Of course, the opposite applies when watching full-screen 'YouTube' videos, for example, because they are optimised for landscape viewing, and require little user interaction.

Since the screen dimension ratios are so different between the two devices, it doesn't surprise me that some apps are restricted to either landscape or portrait mode. The work involved in trying to optimise for both orientations on both devices must be significant!

TBH I rarely use the phone for anything other than calls, texts and messages, so my useage is probably atypical, and my opinions should not be given too much weight!  :-X
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2019, 11:59:03 PM »

Thanks Westie, feedback appreciated. :)
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2020, 11:01:19 PM »

> It is extremely annoying when a app doesn't auto rotate, or not quickly enough.

Seconded, most definitely. It drives me wild.
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2020, 03:02:18 AM »

Worth noting, modern phones are kinda too large to use one-handed anyway, especially as they've gotten taller so feel top-heavy.

Not sure how that applies to iPhones as I've never owned one.
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Re: Apps - Landscape vs Portrait
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2020, 10:20:04 AM »

iPhones seem to vary in size a lot, many are way too big, getting almost like a mini iPad Mini. Janet got the smallest iPhone she could find.
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