Im curious, is there any way to open these pics/gifs on the main page instead of having to click the link? (Sort of like Reddit Enhacement Suite works)
Not by default, but you could try /t/enhancement for some RES features (which includes expanding images/videos on the front page).
In Mag view, clicking the gif will play it in place. The switch between List and Mag view is in the upper right of the page, at the top of the sidebar.
Edit: Had thought the switch disappeared on low res devices, but it doesn’t.