Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2012 14:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "I decided to write this post after having too many heated discussions with many users across many blogs. After hearing repeatedly; 'The iPad will have a better display' or 'It sucks because it's not Retina' I figured it was time to break the argument down and dispel the 'Retina' myth." Fantastic post at The Verge.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:33 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Sorry to say this but how is this news? marketing hype is shown for what it is - marketing hype? I'm sorry for all the MacBook Pro 'Retina' devotees - I can't see the bloody difference between my MacBook Pro (2011) and the current MacBook Pro with 'Retina' display. Sure, I have glasses on but my eye sight isn't totally shot given that I sat at the computer looking at the two side by side in the shop and couldn't tell the difference. It reminds me very much of the point I made when chatting to a Sun Microsystems Java engineer regarding evangelising Java - generate hype so that people demand something even if they don't know what the hell it is but they've heard that they must have it in their device. Same situation here - how many people do you see demanding stuff and don't have the slightest clue as to why they should have it? I've seen it many times. Quite frankly I put Retina and Siri into that category - marketing hype used to drag customers in but when the rubber hits the road and is evaluated with a discerning eye the hype is seen for it is - hype.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by REM2000 on Sat 11th Aug 2012 18:18 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2006-07-25

Im must be in the other category as i can tell a retina display from a few paces. For me Retina is all about text, web pages, documents and PDF's look a lot better as does a lot of the elements of the UI. I don't have a retina laptop but when playing with one i could see the difference straight away.

I do own an iPad 3 and again i can really see the difference when looking through web pages and large PDF's it's a real pleasure to use one of these with the only device which displays text as well being a kindle (or any kind of ebook read).

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Yehppael on Sat 11th Aug 2012 18:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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2012-08-01

I have a laptop, which, 80% of the time I use for reading. Not feeling the need for a tablet or e-reader yet, but I can tell you this; when I start reading, I don't notice how the book looks, the fonts, the colors, shapes, everything goes away.

I remember the first time I got my first 1024*768 monitor, and most websites were optimized for 800*600 ... I don't want that experience again.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sun 12th Aug 2012 17:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Im must be in the other category as i can tell a retina display from a few paces. For me Retina is all about text, web pages, documents and PDF's look a lot better as does a lot of the elements of the UI. I don't have a retina laptop but when playing with one i could see the difference straight away.

I do own an iPad 3 and again i can really see the difference when looking through web pages and large PDF's it's a real pleasure to use one of these with the only device which displays text as well being a kindle (or any kind of ebook read).


I guess for me, my laptop is sitting at 1680x1050 on a 15inch screen so the results I guess aren't as dramatic than if I was running a MacBook Pro without the High Resolution BTO. I have admit though I don't really spend much time worrying about the shapes/curves/etc of the text but instead quickly read, get what I want and move on. Btw, the original post wasn't dismissing the idea of higher resolution but the obsession with Retina as if it were some sort of cure all to life's problems. Higher resolution is nice but lets not get all obsessive about it - as if it were the ultimate thing in existence that you must have or the major differentiating factor when compared to a list of other things to consider when purchasing a computer.

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by 0brad0 on Sat 11th Aug 2012 18:37 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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by kaiwai on Sun 12th Aug 2012 02:34 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What do you expect from the frothing at the mouth Apple fanbois? Must.... buy... more... Apple... stuff.


Reminds me very much of a product being launched by Apple and there was a reporter who was talking to customers waiting in line for it. In that line you saw a variety of responses but what I thought took the cake was the response by a lady who said, "I don't know what it is or what it does but it is from Apple so it must be incredible" (to paraphrase her). I don't know whether it says more about society in general or the Apple fanbase in general because at least from where I stand what I see is the Microsoft fanbase critical of Microsoft when they screw up but when it comes to the Apple fanbase what you year is a litany of "hold on' and 'it'll be fixed soon' and 'it's only a x.0 release so give it time' but funny how these same people never gave Microsoft the time to release a service pack.

Edited 2012-08-12 02:39 UTC

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