iPad Is the retina display worth it for watching movies?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by HarryPot, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    I'm looking into getting a new iPad. Currently I have an iPad 2, which is basically where I watch a lot of TV shows and read most of my books.

    I know for reading the Retina Display would be a noticeable improvement. But how much of an improvement is it for HD movies or TV shows? Specially comparing the iPad Mini display against the New iPad.
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Its subjective, but I would say that retina is less important for videos as it is for everything else. A more important consideration is that the ipad4 (and 5 in a month or so, has a much higher quality screen than the Mini. So you'll noticed, brightess, color reproduction an range, darker blacks etc. are all worse on the Mini than they are on the iPad 4.

    Your best bet is to go into a shop that has them and look for yourself.
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Even BR quality rips are at far lower resolution than the retina iPad. So I don't think that's where you'd see the biggest difference.
  4. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2013
    I agree with the others here. I had a mini for a week and hated the screen, but not for movies; I could barely tell the difference. I just didn’t like it for PDFs and web text.
  5. yokken macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2013
    1080p encodes look fantastic on the retina display. 720p looks great as well, but 1080p looks even better. I haven't watched anything higher resolution than that.
  6. HarryPot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thanks for the replies.

    I guess the improvement in the Kindle app (or any text app really) would be enough to make me happier.
  7. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    videos don't matter as most videos you will be watching (online streaming or torrents or whatever) won't even be in true 1080 HD anyways.

    honestly - watching video isn't where the Retina shines. where it shines is the ability to make every piece of text as crisp as text on a piece of paper. how i can read web pages and not have to zoom in to read text - the same goes for magazine articles, e-newspaper articles, you name it. no zooming is ever required. that's where the Retina shines

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