So I finally had the chance to play with a MBPr at a shop near my house today. UI, text and application icons looked extremely crisp and sharp and it was absolutely gorgeous. After playing with it for around 10 minutes, I played with the non-retina MBP and my eyes were bleeding from how unclear the words looked in comparison to it, as well as how all the pixels suddenly looked extremely huge. However the Retina screen isn't all bells and whistles and my initial fears were true. 2D images don't seem to scale very well with the screen and end up looking very blur and pixelated. It's extremely obvious and can be seen in extremely minor things such as a website's logo or a tiny search icon. I compared it to the 1440x900 MBP beside it and pictures were defintiely rendering much better on the 1440x900 display. As websites tend to generally be filled with mostly 2D images, surfing the internet ends up being an eyesore most of the time. To let you have an idea of how bad the pictures look, it's similar to running a non-retina app on an iPhone 4/S. If you're still not sure what it looks like, then here's a picture that describes what pictures look like: image Notice all the blurry edges? Changing the display for it to scale to 1920x1200 instead improves the picture quality tremendously and the pixelation and blur-ness is far less obvious. Still present, but it's much clearer now and I have to admit I might not be able to tell if I didn't know about it. Rather ironic as Apple advertises 1440x900 as the "best" resolution when pictures definitely look clearer at 1920x1200. But still it makes me think that if a 1440x900 screen displays the picture better than a 2880x1800 screen downscaled to the same resolution, wouldn't that mean too that a 1920x1200 screen would also display a picture better than a 2880x1800 downscaled to that resolution? If that's true, then by getting a retina screen I'm essentially only getting sharper text and UIs at the expense of having blur-er pictures. I mean seriously, does anyone think this is a worthwhile trade at all? You get sharper text & UIs while having to put up with blur-er pictures? I mean think about it, before the retina MBPs came out, when has anyone ever mentioned that their text or UI isn't sharp enough? I'm simply not convinced by this retina hype. To me, it feels more like a downgrade than anything else.