Nexus 7 vs Retina

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by LostJohn, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. LostJohn macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I picked up a Nexus 7 while my rMBP was "in the shop," and have been really impressed with it so far. One thing I noticed, however, is that when viewing the screen it seems to be easier to discern individual pixels, despite the Nexus 7 having a higher pixel count than Retina devices.

    You can sort've see horizontal rows of squares which I'm assuming are pixels. They're especially visible on a pure white background. Is this just something to do with the type of backlighting, and not the actual pixels, or is the Nexus 7 screen in fact not as dense as, say, a rMBP or iPhone screen?

    Fonts / Icons and all that look slightly better on the Nexus 7, but nonetheless you can see this oddity on solid backgrounds. Strange.
  2. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I can see the touch sensor squares on my iPhone and iPad when it isn't lit up, but those aren't display pixels. I haven't seen the Nexus 7 so I'm not sure.

    If they are colored squares within the graphics, then those are indeed pixels. Perhaps the gaps between them are more pronounced.
  3. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    Nexus 7 and the iPad rMini have almost identical pixel count, however the iPad Mini is larger (quite a bit larger in total area). So while it may have identical pixel count, the rMini has the better overall display and resolution. See spec comparison below:

    iPad Mini with Retina Display
    Screen size: 7.9in diagonal
    Resolution: 2,048x1,536
    Pixel density: 326PPI

    Google Nexus 7 (2013)
    Screen size: 7.02in diagonal
    Resolution: 1,920x1,080
    Pixel density ppi: 323PPI
  4. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    You must live in Colorado if yo uthink that anyone can distinguish a 3 PPI difference in resolution.

    My impression of the iPad mini is that the auto brightness tends to keep the screen on that device brighter. I've never set both the N7 and iMini to full burn and comparede them.
  5. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    I'm currently enjoying _ both_ my iPad mini with retina, and my second gen 2013 Nexus 7. Each has its strengths and that's what I choose to focus on.

    However that said if the topic turns to displays I must say that upon close inspection of my iPad mini done under a full moon, one can see a faint holographic image of Steve Jobs in the background.

    This is so distinct that I've been offered tens of thousands of dollars from more than five hard core Apple enthusiasts :D
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    could be the digitizer behind the glass you are seeing.
  7. Navdakilla macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011

  8. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Yeah, I'll bet this is it.
  9. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Santa Fe, TX
    BTW The Nexus 7 (2013) is 1920x1200.
  10. superwoman macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2005
    Took me a while to figure out the Colorado reference :-!
    Sorry for the OT.
  11. itsmeorthedog macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2013
    If only the Nexus 7 rear camera was as good as the Retina...
  12. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    The Nexus 7 is a very nice tablet. I don't really have much bad to say about it but I do prefer my rMini all around

    The 2014 Nexus 7 is something I really look forward to.
  13. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    I agree, yet for my use it's great. I prefer to carry a very compact camera in my laptop bag since I'm a photography enthusiast and don't use the camera on my phones.
  14. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    Yeah. I bet it's gonna be awesome. I'm sure it will come with the Snapdragon 800 + the Adreno 340 or whatever GPU from the Snapdragon 805.
  15. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    The DPI's on the two you can't tell apart. What you can tell though is the much better colors, contrast, and view angles on the nexus 7 compared to the retina mini. It very noticeable.

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