Best way to show off Retina display?

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  1. Jonmurgie macrumors member

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    So, I've got this shiny new iPhone 4 with the obviously stunning Retina display but have some friends who have various 'droid phones who are asking what all the big deal is about with the display.

    What is a good way to show off the screens capabilities? Just a movie of some sorts or is there an App or what...?

    How have you shown off the Retina display if asked?
     
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Show a picture of a slice of bacon on the screen, it really impressed me when my friend showed me his new iPhone 4 :cool:
     
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Photos show off the quality of the IPS display, SMS texting shows how detailed the Retina Display is with text, as does some webpages like the forum. Even the home screen is amazing.
     
  4. lawrence32 macrumors member

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    load up the new york times in your right hand and show them the text. it looks awesome!
     
  5. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

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    Load a full-sized webpage like NYT or engadget - you can read everything!
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    If they have any kind of phone with a WVGA LCD display, you're not going to be showing them anything new. They've been enjoying higher resolution already.

    "Retina display" = madeup marketing term = looks like 300 PPI at a certain distance. For the iPhone 4, Apple uses a person for whom that's about 11". The Toshiba G900 WinMo phone from 2007 would be retinal at 11.5" and the original Moto Droid at 13.5".
     
  7. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    i don't even know what you just said...but sounds lame.
     
  8. SHIFTLife macrumors 6502

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    Bahahaha! Awesome!
     
  9. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    +1
     
  10. iPhonedHome macrumors 6502

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    Get a 3GS and iP4 and go to the same full web page (not mobile) on both. Hold side by side and the difference is astounding.
     
  11. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    The moto droid has a PPI of 265. Well under that of the iPhone 4.

    Here's the wiki on PPI, I suggest you read it as some of your terminology is flawed.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixels_per_inch

     
  12. jones.brian25 macrumors member

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    lol
     
  13. Ipadq macrumors member

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    If you want to make it really dramatic, you could poke your friend's eye out, tear off his retina, take a picture with your iPhone 4 and then show him the display of his retina on your Retina display. Make sure you take out only one eye, as otherwise it would be quite stupid since he won't be able to see.

    Seriously though, show text more than anything else. And if they are over thirty years old, don't bother -- they most likely wont be able to see any difference unless they squint and hold the screen really close to their own retina to see any tangible difference (like I had to).
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    That creepy dude only likes to up-sell non-Apple products.
     
  15. Ipadq macrumors member

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    Dude, your signature makes it sound like Steve Jobs was involved in some sort of feminine hygiene crisis 4 years ago. The man already has enough problems. :D
     
  16. Shorties macrumors 6502a

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    Ive been showing of HD TV shows with it. There are a couple free pilots available right now that you can download in HD directly to the iPhone from the iTunes store.
     
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    Live game video from the recently updated version of MLB at Bat. It's nothing short of awesome and no other version of the app (Android, etc) supports live game video.

    Too bad. It's not at all cool to be willfully ignorant anymore.
     
  19. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking up-close girl-on-girl porn sites would be the best demo specimens :cool:
     
  20. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    Oh, man, how did I not know about this site? :eek: :D

    Thanks from me and my fellow foodie friends!
     
  21. vkobejitsu macrumors newbie

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    LOL
     
  22. UCLAKoolman macrumors 6502a

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    open any webpage and zoom in as close as you can on just one letter. It never gets pixelated. I showed this to a guy with a Droid and he wept.
     
  23. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    It is neither flawed nor that hard to understand. It's actually widely known information.

    I am using the exact same terminology as Apple. They made up the term "retina display" to mean one with which a normal person (not even perfect eyesight) is unable to discern pixels when viewing the display at a certain distance.

    In other words, at 326PPI and 11" Apple says their display matched what people traditionally called "print quality", or 300 DPI/PPI at a distance of 12".

    Code:
    326 PPI |-----------|  11" == retinal  (using one dash = 1 inch)
    300 PPI |------------| 12" == print quality (retinal)
    As you move further away from a display, of course, pixels can be bigger to get the same can't-tell-a-pixel effect. Heck, pixels can probably be the size of footballs if you look at them from a mile away!

    At 265PPI (Droid) you only have to move 1.5" further away from the display for the pixels to look the same to the viewer as the 300PPI one does at 12". In other words, to hit Apple's so-called "retinal resolution" limit.

    Code:
    265 PPI |-------------.|  13.5"  == retinal
    This is all assuming you believe Apple's facts basis anyway. There was a huge controversy about Apple's claim of hitting retinal resolution at all when using their specified distance.

    Try this Wiki page instead: List of displays by pixel density.

    The LU1400 phone from 2008, also with an LCD display made by LG, had a resolution of 333PPI, more than the iPhone 4.

    (Perhaps it's what caused Apple to ask LG to do the iPhone 4 display, after Samsung said they couldn't make enough Super AMOLEDs in time.)
     
  24. Shorties macrumors 6502a

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    :(

    My coworker did this as soon as I showed him my phone, I nearly face-palmed I had to explain to him thats not how it works, I hope thats not what you think makes this display so amazing either. Thats all a software thing and thats been there since the old iPhone. The fact is the text isn't pixilated when you are zoomed out not in. You can load an entire page like Engadget fully zoomed out and read it fine (Assuming your eyesight can) if you hold the phone close enough. That's what makes the retina display unbelievable.
     
  25. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Nice try, but zoomed letters don't get pixelated on other devices.

    All browsers change fonts as the user zooms in. The code doesn't just zoom smaller letters into bigger ones.
     

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