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  1. a5cent's Avatar
    Whether or not apps can play on different resolutions is also another pointless argument. I think we all know why.
    I don't. Why?

    I doubt whether or not the difference being noticeable by the average consumer will hold any weight on whether or not wp8 should support this resolution, as there are a plethora of things that smartphones do now that "don't matter" to the "average" person. The fact remains that specs drive sales, marketshare, popularity in todays world to some degree.
    Any consumer that is unsophisticated enough to be motivated by a largely irrelevant spec is generally very simple to market to. You just need to provide a different spec that favours your own device's abilities over the competitions. For example, given two devices that can run the same game on a similarly powerful GPU, the device with the lower resolution will typically have much higher frame rates at comparable graphics quality settings. You just need to push the FPS spec instead of the resolution. Such people are easy to nudge in any direction by dangling the right carrot. Possibly you remember the popular question "how well can your rig run crisis?". Same thing...
    03-08-2013 02:40 PM
  2. crav4speed's Avatar
    Serious question... Most of our gigantor LCD/Plasma TV's have only 720 or 1080 and we do ok. Why does a 4.5" Phone screen need 1080 over 720?
    That's because you're watching TV at a further distance. Move your face to about 12" (standard viewing distance of a smartphone screen) away from the TV and you'll definitely see the pixelation. Ultra hi-def 4K is the new TV resolution already out and available for purchase.

    Personally, I would love a 1080 screen on my next WP!
    03-08-2013 02:57 PM
  3. a5cent's Avatar
    That's because you're watching TV at a further distance. Move your face to about 12" (standard viewing distance of a smartphone screen) away from the TV and you'll definitely see the pixelation. Ultra hi-def 4K is the new TV resolution already out and available for purchase.

    Personally, I would love a 1080 screen on my next WP!
    You too are missing an important variable: the size of each pixel!

    If we want to judge how sharp a display is likely to be, two things are important:
    • Viewing distance
    • Pixel size. Pixel size is expressed in PPI (pixels per inch)

    Both of these are interrelated. At long viewing distances, pixels may be larger, meaning televisions, which are usually viewed at a distance of a few feet, may have lower PPI values, which they do. Even 4k television displays have ridiculously low PPI values compared to smartphones (lower PPI = larger screens and/or fewer pixels). As long as the human eye isn't able to discern individual pixels at a given viewing distance, the resolution is fine. Reversely, At shorter viewing distances, pixels must become smaller to avoid becoming noticeable, meaning higher PPI values are required (higher PPI = smaller screens and/or more pixels)

    For the scientifically inclined, it is possible to go even further. Both viewing distance and pixel size can be combined into a single unit of measure: arc minutes. If you know how many arc minutes your eyes prefer, you can calculate your own personal PPI preference at any viewing distance.

    Both display size and resolution need not be considered, at least not in terms of display sharpness, as both are already expressed through PPI.
    Last edited by a5cent; 03-09-2013 at 06:58 PM.
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