Retina vs. Non-Retina vs. Full 1080p Displays
Retina Display! Full 1080p HD display! The cries of the marketers, but how important is such clarity? I have an iPhone 5 with Retina Display, I have an iPad Mini without Retina Display, and I have an old laptop with no sense of HD anywhere in the display. I have also played with some devices with full 1080p HD display screens. Are they necessary? Not by a long shot, but they look nice, and are much easier on the eyes. But is there really a difference between the 326ppi of the Retina Display and the 446ppi of full 1080p HD displays on other phones or tablets? Nope. The difference would even be subtle on a 15 inch laptop I think. I wholeheartedly believe that the only time you need full HD is with larger screens.
Other phones have ridiculous amounts of pixels in them, but they still fail to look as good or as sharp as the display on my iPhone 5. This is because number of pixels alone doesnít equal quality, only clarity, and after a certain point itís completely useless to increase the pixel count. But once youíve decided on your pixel count then you need to focus on quality. You need to focus on color representation and sharpness. Watching HD video on an iPhone 5 is almost like looking through a window, and watching HD on another device with a full 1080p display is like looking through a screen and a dirty window. Thatís a major flaw in my opinion.
Thereís a reason I chose Apple over the competition, and why Iíve stuck with them. The quality of the displays is unmatched by the competition. Even my iPad Miniís non-Retina Display is amazingly good. The text is a little harsher, and the video a little grainier, but overall it still beats out a lot of the competition. So why is there this incessant need to increase pixel counts? I donít understand it and I donít think I ever will. For smaller screens I donít think you get a better screen ratio or pixel count than Appleís Retina Display, but when it comes to larger screens like laptops, TVís, and movie screens, then you do need a better ratio and higher pixel count because there is more screen to cover. Think of it like putting sugar in cereal, most people will put 1-2 tablespoons of sugar in their cereal, but a larger bowl will require more sugar. A regular bowl is like a phone or tablet, and the larger bowl is your laptops, TVís, and movie screens; the sugar is your pixel count.
And yet, the pixel count race has reached a point where anything less than 446ppi is deemed a terrible screen. Itís ludicrous, it really is. The spec race in general is asinine; Apple has proved that time and again. While phones are getting to the octa-core level, Apple is still rocking dual-core and blowing past the competition. Apple proves over and over that specs alone donít make a device. Itís how you use what you have, itís how the operating system runs, itís what you do with the screens, itís everything outside of the specs as well as the specs that make a deviceÖand an experience. So is there a need for Retina Displayís and full 1080p displays? Sure there is, the days on non HD are over, thatís why all new Apple devices get the Retina Display. Standard definition is done, but there is no need for 1080p displays on mobile devices, the screens just arenít big enough for it.