Originally Posted by jswinden
Another thing that bugs me about the 7 inch tablets, and many other sized tablets too, is that they tend to use an awkward widescreen in 16 x 9 or 16 x 10 configuration. I like widescreens on large computer monitors, but on a small device it is awkward, especially for reading books and web browsing. Reading in portrait in widescreen looks like a really narrow page. Reading in landscape in widescreen looks like a really short page. I really think the 4 x 3 screen configuration is more natural for reading books and web browsing. The only reason to have 16 x 9 is for videos, but why make all others apps suffer because of that?
If you're used to reading hardcovers and tech books I'd say yes 4:3 is probably a more "natural" ratio, but I don't think 16:9 is that far off from the aspect ratio of most mass market paperbacks is it?
As for web browsing doing it on a 10" tablet is more comfortable, but it's not that bad on a 7" screen at least for me (browsers set to desktop). Of course I only browse for brief periods on a tablet, might feel different if I was browsing for hours and hours at a time.