Saturday, July 3, 2010

Reading comics on the iPhone

Surprisingly the iPhone is pretty decent device for reading comics. You would think it would be horrible with such a small screen but the combination of the touch screen and landscape mode works fairly well.

If you have gotten used to reading comics in the pocket book format the width of the page isn't that different from the width of the iPhone screen when in landscape mode. Then you can simply pull on the screen to scroll. I prefer to have the view a little bit more zoomed in, so that I have to move the screen just slightly left and right to see the whole page, but that is just a personal preference.

Thanks to the excellent Comic Zeal software I can even read my favorite fan translated manga on the go. It's great not to have to carry around a comic book everywhere I go. Now when people stare at me on the train they think I'm a gadget geek instead of a comic book geek, which for some reason is considered slightly more cool, and I am hesitant to use "me" and "cool" in the same sentence.

In some ways reading comics on the phone is a different experience. Because of the small screen I keep my eyes fixed on one point while moving the page around instead of moving my eyes and neck. In some ways this is a more pleasant experience. I also suppose the jump from actual comics the the iPhone is easier to make if you like me already have spent years reading fan translated manga on the computer. It takes some getting used to not holding an actual magazine in your hands.
The picture at the top of the post is a screenshot I took while reading a manga on the iPhone. 


Anonymous said...

That does sound pretty good. I've seen e-book/comic readers on some non-brand name mp4 players and those are just painful. The zoom and scroll functions would definitely be nice.
I wonder why one type of geek is better than another. Then again every other person I see is texting or doing something with their cell phone, so I guess maybe at this point it's strange not to be a gadget geek.

JJS said...

Having become used to viewing comics on a 480x272 PSP screen, I can only assume it's a better experience on newer iPhones.