tablet Grip and interaction

Four most common grips: While there are many ways to hold a tablet, these four grips are most commonly used.
GripGrip and interactionDesign considerations
Grip with one hand and interact with the otherOne hand holding, one hand interacting with light to medium interaction
  • Right or bottom edges offer quick interaction.
  • Lower right corner might be occluded by hand and wrist.
  • Limited reaching makes touching more accurate.
  • Reading, browsing, email, and light typing.
Grip with both hands and interact with thumbsTwo hands holding, thumbs interacting with light to medium interaction
  • Lower left and right corners offer quick interaction.
  • Anchored thumbs increase touching accuracy.
  • Anything in the middle of the screen is difficult to reach.
  • Touching middle of screen requires changing posture.
  • Reading, browsing, light typing, gaming.
Both hands interactingDevice rests on table or legs, two hands interacting with light to heavy interaction
  • Bottom of the screen offers quick interaction.
  • Lower corners might be occluded by hands and wrists.
  • Reduced need for reaching makes touching more accurate.
  • Reading, browsing, email, heavy typing.
Passive interaction with no gripDevice rests on table or stand, with or without interaction
  • Bottom of screen offers quick interaction.
  • Touching top of the screen occludes content.
  • Touching top of screen might knock a docked device off balance.
  • Interaction at a distance reduces readability and accuracy.
  • Increase target size to improve readability and precision.
  • Watching a movie, listening to music.
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