Retina Display

Posted in General at 6:14 pm by jw

I got an iPad 3 (for my wife – the Transformer Prime is way better for me) and while the screen is very nice, I can’t say that it’s a “revolution” or any of the other idiocy floating around.  It’s actually nothing more special than a HD TV from a viewer’s perspective:

My iPad 3 has 250 pixels per inch, and is designed to be held at 12 inches away.
My TV has about 40 pixels per inch and is designed to be viewed from 10 feet or more.

Apparent pixel size is 400 pixels per inch on the TV, comparing like to like, which blows any of Apple’s “retina displays” out of the water.  Seeing pixels on a BluRay movie or 1080p game like Final Fantasy XIII is flat out impossible, and predates any retina nonsense.  So, they’re nice and all but hardly something unheard of.

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  1. David Said:

    April 27, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Hi John,

    I trust all is well.

    I guess that’s why it’s called “The New Pad” instead of the iPad 3. Hopefully they can wow us with the next release.

    I’m still happy with my ipad 1. I did buy and eventually return a Galaxy 10.1 and 7.0 Plus in favor of sharing apps/settings with my existing mobile devices; iPhone, iPod Video, iPad 1, Apple TV 2nd gen. and eventually more. We’re planning on picking up a iphone 5 for Dani this year. I’m not sure if we’re going to share or have our own itune’s accounts. We’ll see.

  2. jw Said:

    April 28, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Yeah – makes sense to keep with the same family of devices to share apps around. Most people I know share iTunes accounts around the family to avoid paying for apps twice.

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