if "5se / 6 mini" still has 326ppi will it stop you buying?

if 5se/mini 6 is still 326ppi would it stop you buying it?


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VesselA

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Kudos to apple for indtroducing high res displays into devices with the iphone 4, but since then the 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s have all stayed at the same res of 326ppi. Compared to the 6plus 400ppi there is a huge difference in clarity. To me, if the res is still 326ppi that would be a deal breaker as it's no longer good enough in 2016.
 

Flow39

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I'm not upgrading to the SE, but I will upgrade to the 7+ in the fall. 326 ppi looks absolutely poopy compared to the 493 ppi display on my Nexus 6. There needs to be at least 400 ppi for me to consider any phone in the future.
 

dumastudetto

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The Nexus and Samsung displays look dull and washed out to me. I think the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus still have the best overall display by far.

That said, I'm sure Apple will be looking to innovate in this space sooner than later. It has been awhile. But they won't do it until they can come up with something that is even better than the current Retina displays which are already best in class.
 

pat500000

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The Nexus and Samsung displays look dull and washed out to me. I think the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus still have the best overall display by far.

That said, I'm sure Apple will be looking to innovate in this space sooner than later. It has been awhile. But they won't do it until they can come up with something that is even better than the current Retina displays which are already best in class.
Have you even tested out s7 or edge?
 
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MrAverigeUser

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A POSSIBLE Higher resolution alone is no reason at all to implement it in a device.
Only if it has a significant relevance for ergonomics - THEN it makes sense.

But an OLED screen with the "old" resolution instead of the LED would make sense: better visibility and much lesser battery consumption.

The " old" screen is fully sufficient. More pixels ---> more battery consumption.
I have no problems regarding films with pleasure on the iPhone 5 - so what?
As for me, i want the iP5 form factor, modern ingredients like hardware and software security (=privacy) , the best battery life possible, Reliability, understatement. The less useless gimmicks possible.
Good design doesn't change every year - it lasts forever.

But poor Jony Ive will never learn...
 
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phositadc

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I'm ok with 326 ppi. Didn't people used to say that 300 was about the limit of human detection? What happened to that?

I actually prefer 326 ppi. Faster phone plus better battery life.
 

mattopotamus

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I actually would be more shocked if it is a better resolution. Nowhere has a screen improvement been mentioned, and I do not think anyone who wants the 5se has that as a deciding factor.
 

soupcan

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Wait. What?

It's not like the human eye magically got the ability to see pixels at that pixel density in the time high-res displays have existed. Even 326 ppi is playing it safe, with the limit being 300 ppi. Everything over that is plain useless. It's nice that the 6(S)+ got the 1080p screen, but that was simply because staying at 326 ppi on that screen size would basically mean implementing a 1080p display, which is already available to Apple at that size making it cheaper to implement. Any display quality differences are due to actual display differences like color reproduction or brightness, not with pixel density.
 

C DM

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Wait. What?

It's not like the human eye magically got the ability to see pixels at that pixel density in the time high-res displays have existed. Even 326 ppi is playing it safe, with the limit being 300 ppi. Everything over that is plain useless. It's nice that the 6(S)+ got the 1080p screen, but that was simply because staying at 326 ppi on that screen size would basically mean implementing a 1080p display, which is already available to Apple at that size making it cheaper to implement. Any display quality differences are due to actual display differences like color reproduction or brightness, not with pixel density.
To be fair, quite a few people can see a sharpness/clarity difference between something that's in the 300 range vs. something that's in the 400 range or above. I wouldn't say it's "plain useless".
 
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C DM

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Get your eyes checked. Displays are better than the 6s+. Do a google search for verification
I don't know about dull and washed out in particular, but certainly despite any particular objective measurements that are part of it all, how something looks to someone has a good amount of subjectivity in it as well and can certainly differ for different people.
 

pat500000

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Get your eyes checked. Displays are better than the 6s+. Do a google search for verification
Might i just add that s7/edge have low light capability....so people can actually get good pictures at night.
 
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Paddle1

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Wait. What?

It's not like the human eye magically got the ability to see pixels at that pixel density in the time high-res displays have existed. Even 326 ppi is playing it safe, with the limit being 300 ppi. Everything over that is plain useless. It's nice that the 6(S)+ got the 1080p screen, but that was simply because staying at 326 ppi on that screen size would basically mean implementing a 1080p display, which is already available to Apple at that size making it cheaper to implement. Any display quality differences are due to actual display differences like color reproduction or brightness, not with pixel density.
It's not useless, pixels are more visible, especially depending on how close you are to the screen.

Anyway I don't think Apple is going to make a new screen just for one 4" device.
 

lordofthereef

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Maybe I am in the minority. I don't subscribe to the "more is always better" mentality and I find that Apple's screens are perfectly fine. I use a higher resolution Android device as my work phone and I honestly don't find myself wanting. Can I see individual pixels easier if I look for them? Sure, but I have to look for them. With these small devices I think we have reached a point of wanting to bump resultion simply for the sake of pushing specs.
 

Infinitewisdom

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I'm ok with 326 ppi. Didn't people used to say that 300 was about the limit of human detection? What happened to that?

I actually prefer 326 ppi. Faster phone plus better battery life.
So so so so so true. But that's technology for you. I do admit thought that I can tell a difference in clarity between the 6s and 6s Plus. So there's that.
 

Applefan4

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I'm ok with 326 ppi. Didn't people used to say that 300 was about the limit of human detection? What happened to that?

I actually prefer 326 ppi. Faster phone plus better battery life.
The 6+/6s+ screens look far superior to their smaller counterparts. It's like switching to gaming on a PC from console. Anything below 60fps seems laggy
 

iop

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i think anyone able to tell the difference between 300 and 400 ppi is lucky. My poor sight makes it impossible to see the pixels even on my ipad air (260 ppi?)
 

Shanghaichica

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If I was interested in a 4 inch iPhone 326 ppi would be fine. It's a small phone it doesn't need anymore resolution.

In fact I've wondered about the resolution of the 6S. 720p seems low to me since I've been using 1080p screens since 2013. However I accept that it's 4.7 inches and 720p is probably enough. I wasn't sure but yesterday I actually saw one close up and the display was actually quite nice and very usable. So now I'm of the opinion that the 6S is perfectly fine. I just wouldn't get one now because it's too small, has worse battery life compared to the 6S plus and doesn't have OIS. The fact that it is not 1080p isn't a differentiating factor for me now.
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The Nexus and Samsung displays look dull and washed out to me. I think the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus still have the best overall display by far.

That said, I'm sure Apple will be looking to innovate in this space sooner than later. It has been awhile. But they won't do it until they can come up with something that is even better than the current Retina displays which are already best in class.
They don't look dull and washed out to me. In the case of Samsug displays they look oversaturated and cartoonish to me now. I haven't really looked at the nexus screen for any length of time to form an opinion.

So whilst technically Samsung displays are better I much prefer the iPhone 6S plus because it's more natural looking.
 

LiveM

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I don't care because I don't try Web browsing etc. unless I don't have my iPad Mini with me. Which is never, really.
 

pika2000

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PPI is the new megapixel.
It is important to a certain point, but then you have diminishing return. 300 PPI is the sweet spot, and anything more might put sacrifice on battery life and performance for visual improvements that might be minute on daily usage.

To me, color accuracy is more important than PPI above 300.
 

bird_nest

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PPI is the new megapixel.
It is important to a certain point, but then you have diminishing return. 300 PPI is the sweet spot, and anything more might put sacrifice on battery life and performance for visual improvements that might be minute on daily usage.

To me, color accuracy is more important than PPI above 300.

I was going to write a response to this thread but you've already said everything I wanted to on the subject!
 
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