Almost everyone I know says that Frame 2 provides for a much easier read. And
the most common reason offered to me is Its more natural!
Naturally (pun intended!) , I could go on a discourse and explain why, despite the
fact that Frame 1 and 2 are exactly the same from the perspective of the
content on the Frame, content placement and layout made the difference in the
eyes and mind of the learner. However, I would not do that.
Instead, let me introduce you to the Eyetrack III project website, which have
seen repeated visits from me over the past few months. At this website, you
could read about what people see when they view a news website or multimedia
feature. Go on, find out more about how people read online, and perhaps you
can come to your own conclusion on why Frame 2 is an easier read than Frame 1.