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New resolution on iPhone 4 makes pixels hard to see

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New resolution on iPhone 4 makes pixels hard to see
As you can see from the pictures below, the iPhone 4 has an amazingly clear and easy to read display. The 640 x 960 resolution beats out all current cellphone models, and when you consider that the iPhone's screen remains at 3.5 inches vs. 3.7 to 4.3 inches for the competition, the number of Pixels Per Inch is high enough to make reading text and looking at web pages a visual dream on the handset. Before the new model was introduced, there were some who believed Apple would put an AMOLED screen on its next-generation phone. Many of the newer Android models like the HTC Droid Incredible have sharp displays with colors that pop, thanks to the AMOLED screens manufactured by Samsung. But it seems to have been a wise decision for Apple to stick to the LCD screen as the newer displays are known to wash out in direct sunlight. Also, with Samsung unable to make enough of the displays to meet demand, a production line traffic jam has occurred making it extremely hard to find a Droid Incredible in stock at Verizon as we recently reported. While it is hard to tell from a photograph, the resolution on the iPhone 4 appears to be crisp and the New York Times web page can almost be completely read without resorting to zooming in on the site. And with the pixels as small as they are, your eyes can't breakdown the letters into those annoying dots. But is it enough to make you rush out and pick up the phone on launch day?

Apple iPhone 4 Resolution
HTC Droid Incredible Specifications | Review

sources: 9to5Mac

New resolution on iPhone 4 makes pixels hard to see
New resolution on iPhone 4 makes pixels hard to see

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

AT&T's 3G network coverage is so small it's hard to see.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 05:52

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

LMAO +1 Yea that's why its called the iPhone 4 and not iPhone 4G. By the time AT&T gets 4G, the other carriers will have 6G.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 06:26

4. deejay52420 (Posts: 27; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Are u crazy...AT&T will transition into 4G the easiest bc the technology is already close to it...look out for Verizon while that have to build brand towers in order to make the transition!

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 08:20

6. lovebuzz (Posts: 76; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)

That was a good one :D

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 08:44

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Verizon won't have to build new towers. just change the equipment they already have. supposedly they will have 100 million people covered with LTE by the years end. either way verizon is over a year ahead of atnt in the 4G department.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 08:44

9. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I'd like someone else to respond more knowledgable about this, but ... I think everybody faces the same challenges of adding antennas to existing towers, but ... They may have to add space in the cell site facility to accomodate equipment. Many towers are not owned by any specific carrier and already have Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T Mobile on the same tower. Companies like American Towers (may have been bought out) build towers and lease space to cell carriers.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 11:46

16. Striker13084 (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

@BlackberryUser for your viewing pleasure Verizon is bounds ahead of any other carrier in the LTE department. The Vodafone partnership has given them the knowledge of gsm networks and helped them to step up the LTE game. Yes, Verizon will have to upgrade equipment, however, they have been upgrading equipment for the past year. This is going to give them the edge in the market as not only having the first LTE network, but also alowing them to grow it keeping them in the lead of the largest network. Having the largest notwork has been their claim to fame and they are not going to allow that title to go to any other carrier.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 05:54

3. Kohai (Posts: 21; Member since: 04 Jun 2010)

AMOLED "displays are known to wash out in direct sunlight"....have you seen Ipad outdoors? If Iphone 4 is the same it wont "wash out" it would be unusable.....remember your words to praise or not Iphone 4 display when you review it. Today this is FOR YOU a drawback.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 06:45

5. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

Actually, to correct you, have YOU seen the iPad outdoors? It actually looks absolutely amazing.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 08:41

7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

i've seen an ipad outdoors with the screen brightness turned all the way up and it's nothing to brag about.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 08:45

10. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

To answer your question... No, I have not seen an iPad outdoors.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 09:08

11. dswatson83 (Posts: 56; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)

That is way more resolution than they needed for a 3.5" screen. Such a waste. Even the best screen on a 17" macbook pro only displays 133ppi. Why would you need a phone that displays over 300. And if i'm not mistaken, almost no one puts 300dpi photos on the internet. Seems like a bragging tool that in the real world has little effect. I think they are trying to over compensate for their ridiculously crappy 480x320 pixels in the 3gs

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 09:25

12. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)

They are also trying to compensate for the fact that there still isn't flash player.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 14:27

19. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

You're calling the pixels on the 3GS ridiculously crappy and then you say that the increase in ppi is a waste. You should make up your mind. If they kept the ppi the same, everyone would complain that the iPhone doesn't change anything. If they upped it just a little bit, people would say that they are playing catch up and that all they do is come up with minor updates. Now they have the best screen in the world and you're complaining that the ppi is too high? Unbelievable.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 09:29

13. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

The Iphone 4 still cant beat the comparable EVO regradless of some damn screen resolution on a 'lil device' lol

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 09:42

14. sprintguy09 (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Apr 2010)

The Iphone 4 has 326 ppi but the average human eye can only see about 300 so whats the point

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 14:36

20. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

The limit is 300 ppi at a foots distance, which I guess is the standard measurement. If you bring the device closer you'll be able to see more. So yeah, that's the point.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 11:27

15. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)

EVO 4G does NOT have an AMOLED display. It is a TFT LCD display.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 12:29

17. underwood2012 (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Sep 2009)

Wow, I'm so glad they posted this completely useless article. I didn't understand that the iPhone had a really high PPI count the first thousand times they wrote an article about it. This really helped. Damn, Get off iPhone's cock PhoneArena.

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 13:17

18. Dark Asgard (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Apr 2010)

Are those both iphone pictures? Cause in the right pic i can sort of see pixles

posted on 14 Jun 2010, 18:32

21. GlenF (Posts: 50; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)

Wow...feeling the I-phone love..... if only this was a site that featured actual news and technology related atricles & reviews, not bouts of verbal masturbation for all things Apple

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