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Surface RT screen not sharper than the new iPad, says screen guru, Surface Pro might have a shot

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Surface RT screen not sharper than the new iPad, says screen guru, Surface Pro might have a shot
A Microsoft head of research claimed the other day during comments about the "making of" Surface video, that its display is on par with the new iPad's "Resolutionary" unit, despite the much lower pixel density.

His premise was that the reflectance ratio of the Surface tablet is smaller, plus it uses the patented ClearType font drawings, while higher reflectance affects contrast and perceived resolution when light is falling directly on the screen, like he demonstrated: “Doing a side by side with the new iPad in a consistently lit room, we have had many people see more detail on Surface RT than on the iPad with more resolution.

Everyone's favorite display guru Dr Raymond Soneira from DisplayMate, however, expressed its doubts about those claims, as he compared an Asus netbook with ClearType and the Surface's resolution, to the new iPad, and an iPad 2. He concluded that the netbook was “significantly sharper” than the iPad 2, but “significantly less sharp” than the new iPad′s "Resolutionary" screen.

Dr Soneira, however, mentioned that while the Surface RT tablet might not be up to par with the 3rd iPad generation screen, the 1920x1080 display on the Surface Pro with ClearType might have a clearer shot at the clarity crown:

The Result: The Windows ClearType 768p display on the Asus Netbook was significantly sharper than the iPad 2 768p display but also significantly less sharp than the new iPad 3 1536p display. It is certainly possible that the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet will perform better than the Asus Netbook, but it is very unlikely that it will turn out to be visually sharper than the new iPad 3. On the other hand the Windows Pro version of Surface will have a 1920x1080 208 PPI screen, and it is quite possible that it will be comparable in sharpness to the new iPad 3 with 2048x1536 264 PPI. It will be really interesting to compare them all... including the displays on Windows Tablets from other manufacturers, who might provide better displays than the Microsoft Surface...


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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:33 3

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Apple does use the very best when it comes to hardware, xcept stereo sound and call clarity.™®©

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:15 1

10. Seymur (unregistered)


Are you wendy?™®©

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:40 6

2. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1098; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Its not about the screens only, come Novemebr Surface will start flying off the shelves no matter what because you just simply can't go wrong with Windows! The world uses Windows for now, they need it and they'll buy it! Period!
And what are people going to do with 3rd gen iPad's display? Like it like an ice-lolly???
They way I see it iPad may have the sharper display but Windows RT with its productivity suite or Surface Pro with full desktop/laptop functionality will boot out any tablet it is compared with because its a full-fledged Windows operating system. Its a computer and you cant compare any tablet iPad or other to the Surface Pro because its just less of a device

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:56 3

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


The commercial users use Windows, companies like Oracle and smart Techy inteligent users use " LINUX" ©®™

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:17 9

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


That's mostly on server side, dude. Because creating and using VMs is super easy with Linux. But the End user always prefer Windows, where the majority of market is.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:32 8

6. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1098; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


As i too am from the IT consultancy I agree with you but add to that the consumer still uses windows not to mention a lot of SMEs use Windows Server ecosystem because its familiar and easier to sustain.
Major corporations all use Linux and Oracle but MS offers great packages not to mention a complete one-stop-shop ecosystem for companies hence small and medium companies which form the bulk of registered companies in a country use Windows

And I dont get it why are people thumbing me down instead of presenting reason? Huh PA I am gettin tired of fanboyS. I am not a Windows fan but I just stated obvious facts based on trends

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 11:08 5

9. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I would agree with you on this, I love Linux, but it doesn't have as many programs as Windows. And I don't mean a little less, like iOS vs Android or Mac vs Windows. I mean a LOT less.
For this reason, I always choose Windows for its powerful foundation and incredible compatibility.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:09 2

4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


whatever operating system u use,the more ppi in a display, the more is the sharpness with crisp clarity.u cant deny it.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:55 4

8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Not true. There are many other factors such as reflectance and pixel layout like RGB to name a couple.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 10:39

17. yajia1 (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Yeah. S3's crappy RBGG layout is a pain in the eyes. And it turns everything bluishgreen.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:32 2

7. StreetNerd (Posts: 720; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Who cares......

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:18 2

11. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I think Michael H. just wrote an article three days ago reporting Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager claims the iPad ""Retina" display of the new iPad actually hinders readability." And provided the reason why.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-science-says-iPad-resolution-is-too-high-Surface-is-better_id35619

I'll take the Surface screen any day!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:55

12. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


What company made Surface tablets?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:05

13. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


microsoft itself. :p

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 16:05

15. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Interested in one?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 14:44 3

14. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Ipad has a higher resolution no denying it, but for me personally thats the least inportant part, i prefer function over form, and thats why i will go for the surface...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 20:58

16. lubba (Posts: 1311; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


never mentioned if it's worse than the iPad 3 nor does make any comparison against it. Unless I'm not Reading right. So I say failed critic.

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