Ben Brooks has an interesting post about tablets empowering users (really it is about iPads empowering users). It’s based on some interesting survey data he collected that shows that users are using both iPad orientations very regularly. But I think there is something he missed that is influencing the data.
For the very first time in computing, the user has been put in control of how best to utilize the display portal they have been given — not the manufacturer.
This isn’t true for the iPad 2. The Smart Cover most certainly affects how I, and many others I’ve witnessed, use the iPad. Because it is so easy for me to setup in a meeting and take notes in the landscape orientation, that is almost always the orientation I use, and it is the one I checked on his survey. But if I didn’t have a Smart Cover, I think I would certainly use my iPad in portait orientation considerably more.
If the Smart Cover didn’t exist, I think more then a few of us landscape users might have fallen into the Portrait camp.