Can you tell there is no Retina display on the iPad 2?

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  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

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    I have been used to my iPhone 4 having a Retina display. If I buy an iPad will I be able to tell that it is not a Retina display?
     
  2. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Yes.
     
  3. twentytwo22 macrumors regular

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    You can tell, sure.

    I, for one, am not really bothered. Not that I wouldn't be happy if it had a retina-type screen, but I think people get too hung up on things like this when in the end, it really won't matter much.
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    The worst thing you can do after having an IP4 - is look at any other LCD up close.

    Every display I see closer than 18" away looks like a frickin' Lite-Brite now. :(
     
  5. Tones2 macrumors 65816

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    Absolutely, but that doesn't mean the screen is bad. It's actually pretty good.

    Tony
     
  6. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Yes but the display still looks much better than the 1st gen iPad, and I am pretty happy with it.
     
  7. johnc22 macrumors 6502

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    Very noticeable and makes me consider returning it, but otherwise it's a great device so I'll likely keep it. It's not like any competitors are forthcoming with hi-res alternatives.
     
  8. Surf Monkey macrumors 68020

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    You can tell the difference, but I think the IPS screen looks great. I switch back and forth with no problems.
     
  9. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

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    How does it look different than 1st gen? There weren't any changes except the backlight may cause it to be brighter..?
     
  10. 9OOYO macrumors regular

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    Phone

    The iPhone screen size is so small that it requires something like that to make things more readable.
     
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  12. Fliesen macrumors 6502a

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    Of course you can tell. But you won't mind.

    Do you mind looking at a 13" Macbook screen? ... 113dpi
    Do you mind looking at a 23" running 1920×1080? .... 96dpi

    so the iPad's 132dpi should do fine
     
  13. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    The screen is thinner and closer to the front glass of the device. This means it has a better viewing angle and improved contrast. Plus the display is newer so there is definitely some tweaks done to it. You can tell the difference right away when viewing them side by side in real life.
     
  14. imutter macrumors 6502

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    I can't but I have bad eyesight LOL I guess in some instances the phone has better quality but mostly the screen is amazing
     
  15. MultiMediaWill thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thats why i have the High-Res screen on my MacBook and thats also why I have the iPhone 4 (300 dpi).
     
  16. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    Well that depends... if more developer's developed an iPad version... then no, but if your only choice is the iPhone version... then YES! Please make more iPad applications!!!
     
  17. C N Reilly macrumors regular

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    This is why I steadfastly maintain the iPad 3 will have a retina display: It practically has to. People want it, and a large percentage of them are fully expecting it.

    I just can't see them getting away with it again, unless there's other technology in the 3 that's truly paradigm-shattering. Even if Apple has to raise the price to pull it off, there will be a retina display in it.
     
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  19. 9OOYO macrumors regular

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    Does it really need it? I don't have an iPhone 4 but am sure they include it just b/c the screen is so small that it requires it.

    Wht's the highest rez tablet out there?
     
  20. MultiMediaWill thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I believe sony is coming out with a Tablet that has like 400dpi with a resolution of est. 4000x2000
     
  21. DS3 macrumors 6502a

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    And just ~10-12 years ago people wanted 50 inch 640x480 400 pound tvs.

    Yes you can tell its not retina as everyone said, but at the same time I hold it up in front of my 22" HP monitor that cost 325 dollars a few years ago and the iPad's screen quality destroys it, not just in DPI but in contrast/viewing angles/color. Great looking screen. Granted its screen may lose some quality in 3 years heh.
     
  22. 9OOYO macrumors regular

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    I guess since I've never seen the retina I don't know how awesome it is. I always thought the expense of putting it on the phone would just make smaller font more readable.
     
  23. C N Reilly macrumors regular

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    It doesn't need it, but it would be so, so sweet if it had it.

    I think the Xoom has a slightly higher resolution, but due to other characteristics it doesn't look quite as good as the iPad 2's. (Just what I've heard and read; I've yet to see a Xoom in the wild.)

    It's a year from now that Ppple has to worry about. Some Android tablet maker will definitely have something with a higher-res screen; it's an easy way to score PR points against the iPad, especially if the rest of the tablet is just sort of meh.
     
  24. C N Reilly macrumors regular

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    I gave my 3GS to my mother when I got the 4. The other day she asked me to help her get past an Angry Birds level, and when I took the 3GS in my hands, I was absolutely shocked at how fuzzy the screen was in comparison. I could barely even make out what the animations were supposed to be. Yet I used those screens on iPhones for 3 years with no problem.

    The retina display is that superior.
     
  25. Fliesen macrumors 6502a

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    the high res screen on your macbook still has less dpi than the iPad (unless it's the 17" which has exactly the same 132dpi)
    the high res 15" and 13" both have 128dpi
     

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