Newbie looking for retina display advice and comparison

snarestud940

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Hey guys,

So I have iPad 3 on order and it will deliver on the 16th. I have an iPad 2, iPod touch 2nd generation, and an aluminum MacBook from 2008. I want to know what is the big deal about a retina display? Will I be able to tell the difference? Or did I just waste money? I honestly don't know. The screen on my iPod and iPad look the same. I've held a friends iPhone 4 and I see the screen looks a little shinier and more detailed. Is it something like that?

Thanks in advance. I know it's a stupid question but I'm not familiar with all of those high tech items. Thanks.
 

pure3d2

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Mar 7, 2012
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Hey guys,

So I have iPad 3 on order and it will deliver on the 16th. I have an iPad 2, iPod touch 2nd generation, and an aluminum MacBook from 2008. I want to know what is the big deal about a retina display? Will I be able to tell the difference? Or did I just waste money? I honestly don't know. The screen on my iPod and iPad look the same. I've held a friends iPhone 4 and I see the screen looks a little shinier and more detailed. Is it something like that?

Thanks in advance. I know it's a stupid question but I'm not familiar with all of those high tech items. Thanks.
When you zoom in on text on an iPhone 4, it doesn't get pixelated. When you do that on an iPad or iPad 2, you'll see the pixels.

The iPad 3rd gen's screen will be like the iPhone 4, only way more amazing. When first saw the iPad 2, I thought the screen was beautiful. Now imagine it 10 times more awesome than that.
 

snarestud940

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When you zoom in on text on an iPhone 4, it doesn't get pixelated. When you do that on an iPad or iPad 2, you'll see the pixels.

The iPad 3rd gen's screen will be like the iPhone 4, only way more amazing. When first saw the iPad 2, I thought the screen was beautiful. Now imagine it 10 times more awesome than that.
Will the home screen look better???
 

gamecube117

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I was talking to a sales associate about the iPad 3 and I don't know either. He said "if you zoom in really, really, really closely, you can see the sharpness of each letter of the text on the new iPad, but I don't know anyone who would read like that."

Is the iPad 3's retina display screen the same one as the 4S?
 

Snesley Wipes

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I was talking to a sales associate about the iPad 3 and I don't know either. He said "if you zoom in really, really, really closely, you can see the sharpness of each letter of the text on the new iPad, but I don't know anyone who would read like that."
How would he know?
 

pure3d2

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Will the home screen look better???
All of the icons on the home screen will look sharper. Like I said earlier, it'll look like the iPhone 4 display, only much more awesome because of the sheer size of the screen.

Compare an iPhone 1/3G/3GS to an iPhone 4. Look at how fuzzy the icons are on the 1/3G/3GS compared to the 4.

I'm probably the most uptight and detail-oriented person out of my group of friends and I pre-ordered mine without a second thought.

Trust me, you made a good choice pre-ordering it.
 

iDvisic

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no, no not you. just the thread in general. the retina display is absolutely stunning. you will love it. promise. its like going back to regular cable from HD .
Wait. The new retina display will be like going to regular cable?? :eek:

*cancels pre-order*

;)

-->iDv.
 

admanimal

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You will notice a striking difference between the two iPads' displays once you have them side by side. From that point on you will refer to your iPad 2 as "the one with the crap display."
 

Hoggles

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The iPad 2 is about to look very outdated.

I still am amazed people are even remotely wondering if the new screen will look good, or if anything but text will be sharper... What the?

Kind of a no brainer....

Everything will look 10x better.

2048 X 1536 on a 9.7 inch display..... Nuff said.
 

rever3nce

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its insane because I look at my ipad 2 and think "man thats a nice looking screen" can only imagine what Retina is gonna be like on that big a screen! amazing!
 

snarestud940

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its insane because I look at my ipad 2 and think "man thats a nice looking screen" can only imagine what Retina is gonna be like on that big a screen! amazing!
Agreed. That HD analogy really helped. I can always tell an HD channel. Thanks very much!!! :)