iPhone 4-> Does the screen really matter?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EarthNeutron, Aug 11, 2010.

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Retina display vs previous iPhone's display

  1. It's incredbile! Worth the upgrade!

    392 vote(s)
    85.8%
  2. It's really neat, but you don't have to spend 200$ just for this.

    58 vote(s)
    12.7%
  3. I could have been better.

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  4. Retina Display sucks! The contrast is way better on a OLED screen.

    3 vote(s)
    0.7%
  1. EarthNeutron macrumors regular

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    Hello guys, I'm very curious about this. I currently own an iPhone 3GS and had a 3G before. So I don't know what to say about the iPhone 4's Retina Display, since I haven't seen one in person, cause the iPhone 4 isn't available in my country yet.
    Just wanna know if the screen is a true reason to upgrade.
    Feel free to post your iPhone 4 vs iPhone (3GS,3G,2G) screens side by side, just to tell the difference.
     
  2. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I own both and they are different by a big margin, after looking at my ip4, it is hard to focus on the 3GS screen, however they are both great phones.
     
  3. jbro1999 macrumors regular

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    If you haven't seen it No. If you have Yes.

    When I use my gf's 3gs and it looks so bad. I can't believe I never noticed it before!
     
  4. impulse462 Suspended

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    After using the 4 for about 2 days, you'll find it hard to go back to the 3gs/3g display.

    In short, the retina display is amazing.
     
  5. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

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    No matter how many of us tell you "yes" you won't believe us until you actually see it.
     
  6. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    I had a 3GS and had it just been the new retina screen, there is no way I would have upgraded. Sure its nice, but it really isn't as big of a deal as people make it out to be. That's how I feel anyway.
     
  7. Jare macrumors 65816

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    I wasn't really buying my iPhone 4 for the retina display, I was buying it for the form factor. It looks less cheap then the iPhone 3GS and much more appealing.

    Then I saw the screen.. and it was magical. ;)
     
  8. EarthNeutron thread starter macrumors regular

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    The thing is that I bought my 3GS in June (this year). Yeah, I knew the iPhone 4 was coming somewhere mid June, and I was 100% sure it will have a better screen. But the 3GS was only 100$ for the 16GB model. So I said, "hell yeah, I'm gonna buy this one for the speed and camera". I gave my old iPhone 3G away. The 3GS is 1000x times better than the 3G. But hey... the iPhone 4 is 1000x times better than 3GS.
    So, my question is: can I exchange or buy the iPhone 4 on my existing contract or do I have to make another contract? Cause I'm not willing to pay 200€+ on the iPhone 4 + 30€ each month for 2 years straight.
     
  9. Savage macrumors 6502

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    The screen, in my opinion, is the #1 reason to have an iPhone 4 over a different generation.
     
  10. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It won't blow you away when you see it the first time. You'll say "ok, that's nice."

    But after a day or two of using it you won't want to go back. That's when you look at the old phones and say "wow, that's pretty bad."
     
  11. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

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    Disagree, it blew me away the first time I saw it.
     
  12. CSMchris376 macrumors regular

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    ^^
    This

    I was completely blown away by it. I haven't gotten mine yet, but my son got his. When we look at my 3G and then his iPhone 4, the difference is amazing.
     
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Cool. I'm glad it did! It certainly is amazing. This display is the main reason I won't buy an iPad this year. I'll be getting one after they upgrade the screen, so I certainly appreciate the technology! But it took me a day or two to really "get" it.

    That's just me, though. I'm happy to hear other folks aren't as jaded as I apparently am.
     
  14. EarthNeutron thread starter macrumors regular

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    OMG guys :D You make my want my iPhone 4 so bad. But damn I can't wait for 2 years!:(
     
  15. Alisstar macrumors 6502

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    The display, the longer battery life, and the higher quality picture and video are worth the upgrade. And FaceTime (if you have any other friends or family with an iPhone 4) is pretty awesome.
     
  16. vincenz macrumors 601

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    If you're coming from an older model, it'll be like watching a blu-ray movie for the first time. The clarity actually takes some getting used to.

    The screen + battery is worth the upgrade.
     
  17. cambookpro macrumors 603

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  18. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    Retina blows everything else out of the water. It's amazing. I have a high resolution photo on my lock screen, and every time I wake up my phone I think I'm looking through a window.
     
  19. err404 macrumors 68020

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    If you browse the web frequently from your phone, it is more comfortable and you don't have to zoom in as far to get readable text. The old screen is almost as functional for browsing and causes no strain to my eyes (you just need to zoom in a bit more). While the screen is much better on my 4, it doesn't add that much the overall iOS experience once you get past the initial "wow". Frankly I would not bother to upgrade from a 3GS to a 4.

    On the other hand, the RD makes my want higher DPI on my Laptop and iPad.
     
  20. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    I think my eyes are too spoiled from Retina display. Once you go Retina you can't go back. Even my iPad screen looks outdated now.
     
  21. Stein357 macrumors 6502

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    The screen is nothing short of amazing and easily the best feature on the 4.
     
  22. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    That is hilariously short-sighted.
     
  23. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

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    The screen alone has definitely worth the upgrade to me. :)
     
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