Tuesday, October 16, 2012

According To Microsoft's Applied Science Department Manager, The iPad Resolution Is Too High And The Surface's Resolution Is More Ideal

Microsoft is set to launch the Surface tablet next week on the 26th. The Surface is going to take on its number one competition which is the iPad. In the spec sheet the surface beats the iPad in every way except for one thing which is the resolution. According to Microsoft's applied sciences department manager, Stevie Bathich the retina display (2048 X 1536) of the iPad 3 actually poses problems for readability. There study also found that the Surface's 1366 X 768 resolution display is better. The logic goes that we've simply been paying attention to the wrong spec. Rather than display resolution, we should be looking at Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), which is the combination of both contrast and resolution. This makes sense to anyone who has tested out different devices (and why we here at PA tend to do articles comparing displays), because resolution is only part of the issue, and beyond that there are questions of view angles, color depth, and contrast (aka how black is black). He also added that there is a point when resolution is so high the eyes sensitivity decreases. Microsoft aimed for a "3 pronged approach", which focused on: 1) pixel rendering (ClearType technology), 2) a high-contrast, wide-angle display, and 3) optically bonding the screen "with the thinnest optical stack anywhere on the market". If this all adds up then this means that higher resolution is not always better. 
Source: Phonearena
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