Ipad 3 Retina Display compared to Ipad2

harleymhs

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Ok, I bought 2 today... Ipad 2 and Ipad 3.. Both ATT .. side by side there isnt a BIG difference in the displays! The 3 has a little better color saturation but not night and day difference! Does anyone else agree? Not sure if the weight difference is worth the Ipad 3 ... 21 oz compared to 23 oz.. Anyone else feel the same about the NEW Screen?
 

kds786

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Ok, I bought 2 today... Ipad 2 and Ipad 3.. Both ATT .. side by side there isnt a BIG difference in the displays! The 3 has a little better color saturation but not night and day difference! Does anyone else agree? Not sure if the weight difference is worth the Ipad 3 ... 21 oz compared to 23 oz.. Anyone else feel the same about the NEW Screen?
Spend some more time with it. I think there is a difference. Even just browsing the internet, it is clearer and better.
 

sUGArDawg

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Ok, I bought 2 today... Ipad 2 and Ipad 3.. Both ATT .. side by side there isnt a BIG difference in the displays! The 3 has a little better color saturation but not night and day difference! Does anyone else agree? Not sure if the weight difference is worth the Ipad 3 ... 21 oz compared to 23 oz.. Anyone else feel the same about the NEW Screen?

You must be legally blind.
 

DS3

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Well the difference is all in resolution, so if you set them side by side and view from feet away of course its going to be tough to tell a difference.

Load an identical (high res) photo on both, pick out a detail like an eye and examine it on both screens. To me the detail/crispness of the retina screen is a big upgrade. It is objectively a much better display

But if you are a person who doesn't particularly care about resolution (and thats okay... not sure why you'd rush out and buy a iPad 3 then though) then the 3 isn't that important an upgrade. I love it though.
 

wrkactjob

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It didn't knock my sox off, there is a difference but you get used to that difference quickly....its nice but I'm not saying "wow!".
 

Torq

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If you cannot see a significant difference between the iPad 2 and 3 screens side-by-side on the same content ... then you need seriously to get your eyes checked.

Now, if you're looking at non-retina upgraded applications side by side then you won't see much difference. But if you open Safari and compare this site side-by-side on them then the text pixellation on the iPad 2 is quite obvious at normal viewing distances compared to the iPad 3.

The iPad 3 is almost exactly half-way between the weight of the original iPad and the iPad 2. Good thing you didn't have one of those!
 

Adam-Jobs

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Definately clearer. But not "amazing" but give it a chance. It's the apps that make the iPad worth while. So let's just wait for some good retina apps. For me right now, it's just like having my ipad2 all over again with a clearer screen to read on!

Edit: just removed the plastic off the front ;) yeah it's amazing.
 

sfoalex

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Right now those that are not too impressed with the Retina display, you might just find you are very impressed when you use it for a while, then go back to a iPad 2. The human find tends to fill in the gaps for information that isn't there. It's a trick it plays on us. But once you get used to the sharper display, you'll see the difference once you try to switch back.

Try using an old CRT for example. It will look absolutely awful to you having got used to the clarity of LCD panels.

For me, even at a distance the text is so sharp. So crisp and clear. My Mac screen looks like a blurry mess to me now. Sure hope Apple brings Retina to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro soon.
 

Macclone

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I noticed it the most when I opened PDF files in iBooks. As I paged through it rendered them from iPad text to amazing iPad text. Watching it happen really shows the difference. It is a fraction of a second, but definitely noticeable.
 

mcdj

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I've been reading on my iPad 3 for the past 3 straight hours with zero eye fatigue. I could read for maybe an hour on my iPad 2 before I had to stop.
 

davedvdy

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Massive difference. The single gripe you have about the display not being different, is the thing I find to be the most impressive about this new iPad.
 
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Surf Monkey

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I see a HUGE difference between them. The Retina has a much wider viewing angle, way more deeply saturated colors, better contrast and the resolution! Wow, that resolution! I'm a semi pro photographer and my images look simply breathtaking on the new iPad. Better even than on my two Cinema Displays, and that's really saying something.
 

batotman

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My 24" 1080p monitors look blurry in comparison. 2 days ago I thought they were crystal clear. :(
 

Mansu944

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I hate to be a jerk, but if people post they can't see the difference they should be ignored so these posts get buried. (And here I am responding).
 

frank4

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I had a look at the iPad 3 in a store today and was very impressed with the display sharpness, I'd say it's well worth the relatively small extra cost of $100 assuming a person is choosing between the 16 gb iPad 2 and 3.

However as my iPad 2 now has a reduced resale value as a used item I'm not sure if it's worth it for me to upgrade. Considering local taxes (not in USA) a base iPad 3 would cost me about $585 and I could get about $300 for my iPad 2, so about $300 cost for me to upgrade. I might be better off to keep the ipad 2 and save that $300 for other Apple goodies to be bought later this year.

Apple or somebody else should make it possible to lease an iPad or iPhone, for people who want to always have the latest version. It's a pain trying to sell your old equipment.
 
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