iPad 2 text rendering not as sharp as the iPad 1

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 212rikanmofo, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. 212rikanmofo, Mar 18, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011

    212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Is it me or the iPad 2 text viewing under safari not as sharp as the iPad 1 screen. I am noticing horrible anti-aliasing around the letters that makes it look kind of grainy and not as crisp. Especially when viewing this website while holding the device in portrait mode.
  2. laff2 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    I think you are correct. I just started to notice it and did a search and found your post.

    It appears as text is less clear or a bit choppy. The smaller the text the worse it appears.
  3. 212rikanmofo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Especially if you're holding the iPad in portrait mode you can see the text is not as crisp. I really hope that there will be some sort of fix for this. Strange how the iPad 2 screen would be worse than the iPad 1.
  4. laff2 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    Ditto...I wonder if it is a iOS 4.3 thing or we have goofy iPad 2's. I had a iPad 1 and never thought the text was blurry or of this nature.
  5. xDKP macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2011
    Sound like something software could fix... Get over it for now and enjoy the iPad 2 :-D
  6. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Another unintended shortcoming to add to the list. [​IMG]

    But text isn't that important.
  7. csnplt macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2008
    Chicago Area
    For me, text sharpness is really important. The iPhone 4's screen is much better to read on (besides the small size).
  8. Nishi100 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2010
    To find out if it's software or hardware we need a screenshot of an iPad 1, portrait, of the Mac Rumours homepage; and an iPad 2 in portrait mode, of the same Mac Rumours homepage.
  9. johnc22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    I never had an iPad 1 but do have an iPhone 4. I assumed the poor text quality on the iPad 2 was just the nature of the DPI on the relatively low resolution screen.

    I would appreciate seeing screenshots from an iPad 1 vs an iPad 2 on the same Safari page if possible.
  10. alan111 macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    The text in safari inn the ipad2 is definitely worse than in safari on the ipad1. Iimmediatkey noticed this on my first day when using safari in portrait mode. I'm sure it's an iOS issue, and not a hardware issue.
  11. laff2 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    I have found even on other things the small text is not as clear as on iPad 1 as well as graphics are not as sharp.
  12. junker macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2006
    An obtuse corner of the Triangle
    Wow - I believe this to be a pretty serious accusation.

    As a prospective buyer (still waiting) this shortcoming is significant (to me) if true. Considering the hype on the increased GPU, I think this really deserves some attention.

    If true, I will delay my purchase (whenever I actually can)

    If someone could post some screen shots that would really help dispel or prove this issue.

    I'm not sure how to do a screen cap on ipad, but on my iphone 4 it's by pressing home and power button at the same time (for those that might not know.)

    Is it the same on the iPad's?
  13. ea9 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2011
    Both iOS 4.3 please.
  14. laff2 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    This was taken from my iPad 2 directly (holding down power and main button). It may be worse if viewed on a monitor, laptop, etc.

    Attached Files:

  15. Anthony8720 macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2005
    This has actually been noted by several reviewers. Unfortunately, I'm too lazy to find a link, but the issue has been blamed on apples anti-aliasing tech. Apparently they are a little behind the curve in the current iOS.
  16. JohnDG, Mar 19, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2011

    JohnDG macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    For what it is worth, I have seen a worsening of the text in zoomed comics on an iPad 1 using iOS 4.3


    Edit: Never mind - it is a source problem.
  17. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Oh god. Don't even start going down this route! :D

    You will have an Army of Apple fans telling you how Apple's font rendering is actual far better than any there system and Apple themselves are very proud of it, and professionals agree it's THE accurate system

    Other systems (Windows) may look better to the eye on screen, but are not accurate and actually worse systems.

    We've been down this path /argument before.
  18. johnc22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    Hmmm . . . I'm guessing no one has left their iPad 1 at the previous version of iOS to do a fair comparison . . .
  19. 212rikanmofo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I would but my dad has the iPad 1 but has left for vacation so I can't do a side by side comparison shot. From what I can recall though, the text on the iPad 1 wasn't this bad. I'm referring to viewing the macrumors forum when viewed in portrait mode. On the iPad 2 the text looks very bad and is a big problem since this is the way I like to hold my iPad when surfing. I really hope that apple can address the issue and that it can be fixed via software. I'm not sure if iOS 4.3 was the culprit because my dads ipad 1 was running iOS 4.2.1 when I was using it.
  20. dread macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2009
    I had the same impression when I first got my iPad 2, but then I realized that I probably just got used to the hi res screen on my iPhone 4 after selling my iPad 1 a week before launch. I do not think the resolution of the text is actually any worse than the iPad 1 after a week of using the iPad 2. I'm curious to as how of you that feel this way have an iPhone 4
  21. johnc22 macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2010
    I'm currently using my laptop which is a 15.4" 1440x900 widescreen and the text is razor sharp in FireFox, as is my iPhone 4 in Safari. The iPad has much higher DPI (calculator: http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html) than my laptop but the text looks significantly worse.

    Because I thought the iPad would be an excellent couch web surfing device, I'm a bit disappointed.
  22. bmat macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2004
    East Coast, USA
    I have both. (Well, I gave my original one to my wife, so it is still in the house.)

    I just did a side by side with cnn.com and espn.com. Both are running on 4.3.

    There was no difference at all in how the text looks -- not great in either.

    I too thought that it looked worse on the iPad 2 in portrait mode -- looks fine in landscape. But both the iPad and iPad 2 looked identical in both modes.

    I obviously can't compare 4.2 to 4.3, but that may be the difference, since I had recalled the iPad being cleared in portrait mode.
  23. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    We need someone with both iPads on 4.3 to see if there is a difference. It's got to be a software issue since the screens are the same res/dpi.
  24. 212rikanmofo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    Hrmm I really think it's a software issue then that's causing rendering of the text to look overly grainy when in portrait mode. When viewing on the iPad 1 with iOS 4.2.1 the text didn't look this bad.
  25. iLuis macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Is only on safari? i think is the Safari Nitro JavaScript the webapps are more slow now.

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