When the iPad first shipped, the consensus regarding the device’s battery life and speed were overwhelmingly positive. Love it or hate it, there was no denying that those two iPad features were top shelf.
In a similar vein, you can debate the merits of video conferencing on the new iPhone all you want, but one feature that seemingly has everyone frothing at the mouth is the device’s new 960×460 Retina Display. And at an unprecedented smartphone pixel density of 326 ppi, Apple certainly has a reason to be boastful.
But the main course here is the new screen, Apple’s “Retina Display.” That 960 x 640 resolution is really quite dramatic when it’s packed 326ppi tight into the 3.5 inch display. Comparing the new display to the 3GS is stunning, but the difference is apparent even compared to more modern phones like the HTC EVO or Incredible — the iPhone 4 just kind of blows everything out of the water. It’s hard to describe without seeing it, but you cannot really see pixels on this screen (provided you’re rendering text or images at full resolution). Text just looks like printed text, images look incredibly warm and deep, and video is stunning. We’re trying not to be over the top, but it’s just a really, really gorgeous display. This is one case where Apple’s hype actually matches reality.
GDGT editor Ryan Block writes:
For once, I might actually say the reality of at least that aspect of the product is even better than Steve’s hyperbole. The screen really must be seen to be appreciated — especially when you look at it side by side with a 3G / 3GS. It’s really unbelievable.
John Gruber, who first broke news of the iPhone’s high-res display back in March, is a fan:
New display looks insane in person.
Ryan Block checks in again:
Playing around with the iPhone 4. Unbelievable screen. I am in complete awe.