Gear: Samsung Series 7 Slate.
Windows tablets like the Samsung Series 7 Slate can do automatic rotation. Obviously Windows tablets are not as smooth on rotation as iOS and Android devices. Maybe Windows 8 can make things a bit smoother, we'll have to wait and see.
The Series 7 Slate's 1366x768 resolution and aspect ratio indicate that this tablet was made for Landscape mode. For those that do want to venture into Portrait mode it can be done. Obviously you will notice that not all Windows resize properly, also websites do not always adjust to the 768x1366 mode. Samsung did add a few programs that do resize to fit whatever orientation you are in so that's a good thing.
Portrait mode for note taking and list making is awesome. I love it!
Locking the rotation is sometimes very useful. There's nothing worse than watching a movie and the tablet randomly rotates. So Samsung did include a Rotation Lock Button. With this button you can lock/unlock the automatic rotation. It's a very nice feature.
For those that don't want rotation at all the Accelerometer Sensor can be disabled.
- Hit Windows key
- Type "Sensor"
- Open "Location and Other Sensors"
- Uncheck the box next to "STMicroelectronics 6-Axis Accelerometer"
- Click Apply button
Overall I think the automatic rotation works well considering this is a Windows 7 tablet.