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    Yeah, I guess it's something that will drive down the prices of "normal" screens, sort of. There's a version of it with "just" a 1080p screen for $100 less, so there's that. Beyond that, though, most print is actually done at 300DPI, and 300DPI is about where, at about 1 foot distance from the eye, most people can't see the individual pixels that make up the image. There really isn't any reason to go beyond that density at all. 1080p is at this size already higher density than necessary by a wide margin, though it arguably has some utility.

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    My only gripe is that this trend hasn't moved into the TV and computer screen market, it's embarrassing how much clearer my phone is to read than my desktop!
    This is what "4k" and other higher resolutions are supposed to be doing. A lot of laptop screens have been going hiDPI, but desktop monitors and TV's have yet to really pick up on the momentum. Arguably, I guess, it's because there's no content that uses it and fewer people are hooking up computers to larger displays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupus View Post
    My only gripe is that this trend hasn't moved into the TV and computer screen market, it's embarrassing how much clearer my phone is to read than my desktop!
    That's kind of the thing people are missing out on, though 4k displays are out. Pixel density does help with your eyes, too many people are looking at bright screens all day and the density of pixels help especially with devices people view up close, which are in fact smartphones.

    That's why usually billboards for example have lower DPI or LPI (which is dots/lines per inch) because it's meant to be viewed far away, and depending on your vision higher pixel density is actually helpful too. Normal vision acuity is 20/20.

    I know it seems a lot now but since we are looking at electronic screens more often now, I'd rather have more screens out that eventually ease problems coming from viewing these screens all day.

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    More pixels making up an image is great, and comparing font rendering even between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 really highlights just how much more readable it can be even by quadrupling the number of pixels. But there comes a point where diminishing returns becomes zero returns, and we've crossed that threshold with >1080p mobile displays in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QT Melon View Post
    That's kind of the thing people are missing out on, though 4k displays are out. Pixel density does help with your eyes, too many people are looking at bright screens all day and the density of pixels help especially with devices people view up close, which are in fact smartphones.

    That's why usually billboards for example have lower DPI or LPI (which is dots/lines per inch) because it's meant to be viewed far away, and depending on your vision higher pixel density is actually helpful too. Normal vision acuity is 20/20.

    I know it seems a lot now but since we are looking at electronic screens more often now, I'd rather have more screens out that eventually ease problems coming from viewing these screens all day.
    I get that, that's my point. My phone, Samsung GS3, has a really nice screen with a high DPI and it's a pleasure to look at! My laptop screen, whilst better than most (17" across and 1920x1080) is still not as nice as it could be; though my standard desktop monitor which is 19" across only goes to 1440x900; it's a bit shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Runefox View Post
    More pixels making up an image is great, and comparing font rendering even between the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 really highlights just how much more readable it can be even by quadrupling the number of pixels. But there comes a point where diminishing returns becomes zero returns, and we've crossed that threshold with >1080p mobile displays in my opinion.
    It depends on your visual acuity. Even Retina displays aren't enough depending on your eyesight.

 

 

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