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#1 FMH

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:27

A Microsoft employee made this claim:

Microsoft science guy claims Surface RT 1366×768 display has better perceived resolution than iPad Retina display (link)


Now here's an excerpt from Wired's review:

We ran two blind tests, pitting the Surface RT
against a third-generation Retina Display iPad. Both
tablets were side by side in a room with ambient light
from large windows. We cranked the brightness all the
way up and hid the devices behind a sheet of heavy
cardboard with two holes of equal size cut into it, so
viewers could only see the screens. We then asked
members of Wired’s staff to come in and judge for
themselves, without knowing which device they were
viewing.

In our video test, running an HD version of The Avengers,
twice as many viewers preferred the Surface to the
iPad (six to three).


Wired link: http://www.wired.com...ft-surface/all/

Ta-da!


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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:33

You know this will do nothing to convince the apple and android fans, especially the fandroids who thinks spec are everything, but then that's what google and the OEMs thought them with poorly optimized software and hardware.

I'll hold out untill I can afford a pro anyway though, but not because of the res.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:33

Nice. I want an RT very badly, I will probably go with the Pro because it's time (after 3 years) to replace my laptop.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:33

Read carefully.

He said that when playing video people chose the Surface - meaning the perceived image quality was better.
But when looking at text they hands-down chose the iPad - meaning the Surface's resolution is worse.

What his test supports is that the Surface's screen has better color reproduction, contrast and/or viewing angles. His tests confirm that the iPad's perceived resolution is superior.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:34

Might want to quote the next paragraph also?

Text was an entirely different story.


We pulled up a page from

The New York Times’

website that had multiple typefaces and an image, and allowed testers to zoom in or out and scroll the screens up and down to each person’s comfort level. It was a blowout. Every single person expressed a preference for the iPad display. In most cases, a strong one. Multiple people described it as “no contest.”



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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:36

Nice. I want an RT very badly, I will probably go with the Pro because it's time (after 3 years) to replace my laptop.


Yep. Getting a Pro when they come out.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:36

doesn't text come down to text rendering algorithms also? we all know ClearType is different then how Apple does smoothing on fonts... ClearType even though it does the whole subpixel thing, still can look pixelated at times

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:37

To be fair, the movie is a fixed resolution, so this is just testing the scaling technology of the iPad's Retina display (worse compared to having actual larger pixels).
A better test would be to show two webpages (or other things that use a lot of vector text) and see what's more readable.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:38

A link to Wired's review would be nice.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:39

In our video test, running an HD version of The Avengers,
twice as many viewers preferred the Surface to the
iPad (six to three).

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Six to three you got to be kidding me right ?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:39

A link to Wired's review would be nice.

http://www.wired.com...ft-surface/all/

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:39

What his test supports is that the Surface's screen has better color reproduction, contrast and/or viewing angles.


I think this test proves that these are the most important things, to judge a display. As in the above mini-survey, twice as many people preferred to watch the movie on the Surface, than on iPad.

Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager does talk about it in detail at this link: http://microsoft-new...retina-display/

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:40

To be fair, the movie is a fixed resolution, so this is just testing the scaling technology of the iPad's Retina display (worse compared to having actual larger pixels).
A better test would be to show two webpages (or other things that use a lot of vector text) and see what's more readable.

The did, and the iPad won hands down (as stated above). Of course, the OP neglected to mention that point.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:41

Pretty much everyone hates Surface.. watch Joshua Topolsky review but most of them are reactions like his.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 19:41

Might want to quote the next paragraph also?


Well, this is about the perceived resolution. Not interaction with display.
How does a display looks. That's what the Microsoft employee was talking about.

Edit: If the subjects weren't interacting with Safari, Surface would have possibly won that test too. Remember, this is about the viewing experience, not interaction with display.