Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 23:20 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich explains why the 1366x768 Surface RT screen is actually better than the iPad's Retina display - fancy display technology talk. Conclusion? "Doing a side by side with the new iPad in a consistently lit room, we have had many people see more detail on Surface RT than on the iPad with more resolution." I'm sure there's some truth behind the sciency talk, but I highly doubt that the Surface's display bests the iPad's. Seeing is believing, but since The Netherlands is not important, I won't get the opportunity to compare for a long time to come.
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RE[2]: Marketing Bullshit
by progormre on Wed 17th Oct 2012 09:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Marketing Bullshit"
progormre
Member since:
2012-05-20

I totally get why Apple did it - because they could. They have an edge on manufacturing and supply chain management, and doing a retina screen gives them an advantage that is very hard for a competitor to duplicate economically. But that doesn't in and of itself make it a "killer feature". In my opinion, while it is certainly nice and all, it is of little utility after the initial "OMG I can't see the pixels!" wears off.


Reading chinese it definitively is a killer feature, it's like this:

Option A) Have retina display: Can read.
Option B) Does not have retina display: Can not read.

It can not be any clearer than that.

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RE[3]: Marketing Bullshit
by aahjnnot on Wed 17th Oct 2012 16:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Marketing Bullshit"
aahjnnot Member since:
2008-07-24

"I totally get why Apple did it - because they could. They have an edge on manufacturing and supply chain management, and doing a retina screen gives them an advantage that is very hard for a competitor to duplicate economically. But that doesn't in and of itself make it a "killer feature". In my opinion, while it is certainly nice and all, it is of little utility after the initial "OMG I can't see the pixels!" wears off.


Reading chinese it definitively is a killer feature, it's like this:

Option A) Have retina display: Can read.
Option B) Does not have retina display: Can not read.

It can not be any clearer than that.
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It's also a killer feature when you're reading pdfs containing large data tables (eg financial reports).

Option A) Have retina display: Can read your Board papers
Option B) Does not have retina display: Can not read your Board papers and look like an idiot in your Board Meeting

It's also a killer feature when examining photos to decide which ones to keep for posterity:

Option A) Have retina display: Can see blur and compression artifacts
Option B) Does not have retina display: Can not see blur and compression artifacts and keep wrong photos

I would personally never purchase a full-size tablet with a screen resolution significantly lower than the iPad's.

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RE[4]: Marketing Bullshit
by galvanash on Wed 17th Oct 2012 18:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Marketing Bullshit"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

That is why I said "In my opinion" and "little utility" instead of "no utility"...

I did not say and do not believe that high DPI displays are a bad idea. On the contrary, I think ideally everything would have infinite resolution displays. But that isn't reality, so we have tradeoffs.

All I'm saying is that 148 dpi is not bad at all. Its higher than an 11" Macbook Air, which most people feel has an excellent screen. It higher than most other tablets as well, the only exceptions I know of being the iPad and the Asus Trasnformer Infinity. It will require significantly less battery to power it, i.e. more of the device's volume can be dedicated to logic. Less battery = less weight. Etc. etc.

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RE[4]: Marketing Bullshit
by modicr on Wed 17th Oct 2012 18:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Marketing Bullshit"
modicr Member since:
2005-09-20

> Does not have retina display: Can not see blur

So on Surface more photos look better than on iPad retina => Surface is better than iPad. ;)

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