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  1. blairh

    blairh Senior member

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    Or more accurately, the best screen to hit the market with respect to a smartphone (in the summer of 2010) and a tablet (last month).
     
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    Ah I see, thanks. Like when I try to do Netflix or Hulu, they just have not available outside the United States or something. Oh well stick with bit-torrent then. :)

    BTW most Android devices here do not have Play, mine has because I bought it in the UK.
     
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    Sure the name "Retina Display" is a marketing term, but it's not hype/BS to call them some of the best screens on the market. The new iPad's screen certainly is the best in tablet form.
     
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    Topolsky's review of the Lumia 900 is up on The Verge. Pretty much reflects exactly how I felt in my short time with it. You really don't need to spend too much time with a smartphone to get a pretty solid idea of what it has to offer.
     
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    I thought it was a solid review. He does some of the best.

    As much as I like Windows Mobile 7.5, it's clear that they have an uphill climb ahead of them.
     
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    engadget has a not so great review of it also
     
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    He's one of the very few people in tech who I could see myself having a beer with. I also think his reviews are quite good.

    Edit: Anandtech (which produces amazing reviews) points out how dim the screen on the 900 is. I noticed this too. At max brightness it left a lot to be desired. A deal-breaker for me.

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    I agree. He seems like a cool guy.

    I'm also fans of Leo Laporte, John Dvorak, Ryan Block and Peter Rojas. They all would be fun to have a beer with and talk. Kevin Rose has his moments, but has come across a bit like a douche lately.
     
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    I'd like to have a beer with John C. Dvorak, so I'd have the opportunity to bitch slap him
     
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    The fact that Gruber not only didn't dismiss this article but also hinted that it might be true is VERY interesting.
     
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    For me the biggest query is not so much "possible" or "probable" but the unknown commitments apple makes. If it has bought 1 billion screens from a supplier with a contract until 2014, then there is no reason to change screens until then.

    Because they are ahead of the curve (or actually, years behind the curve) the absence of features is taken as a matter of course. It doesn't seem to be a question of what apple wants to include, or what they can do to revolutionise something, its only a matter of when they decide it is appropriate to embrace a technology, and 9/10 that isn't simply because "its been round long enough for bugs to be worked out".

    New screens, uprated batteries, new form factors. All were possible 3 years ago, but weren't used.
     
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    I was going to post that and give you props for having a similar idea.

    Honestly, I don't like the concept. If they are going to increase the size they should increase the width too. Just making it taller and going widescreen with the same width wouldn't do much to improve the user experience. Video watching would be better, but it's not going make it any nicer a device for reading, web surfing or typing.

    As a former Kindle Fire owner, it became apparent that a widescreen aspect ratio has its disadvantages. Would have much preferred a 7 inch tablet with the iPad's ratio. Sure this is a phone and not a tablet, but I see it similar.

    Also read the comments for some strong arguments against why Apple may not do this.
     
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    Yeah it's funny because after my last post, I thought to myself, wait, didn't I argue for this with JM or SF? Ha.

    Well, who knows what Apple will do. I'm pretty sure if this exact thing were to come to fruition (just hypothetically) it would work out just fine. I think Apple is going to do their best to keep the same form factor with respect to height and width and potentially give us a 4" screen. I really don't think Apple would need to give us a much larger device in order to fit a 4" screen and keep the ratio at 3:2 (which I know is a different idea than proposed in the Verge article). I don't know. The rumors are fun to read but I really would not look too into them unless we get one persistent one for the final 8 weeks leading up to the keynote. I went into the 4S keynote reading a variety of articles about so many different 'strong' rumors (4.44" screen, an iPhone 4S and 5, blah blah blah).

    I'll report back here once I get my hands on the HTC One X. I'm gobbling up all the YouTube video reviews in the meantime. (It's the international version but close to what we are getting in the States.) I'm guessing it will be too large to use with one hand, but I can't wait to see that 4.7" 312 ppi display in person.
     
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    Well, I am just commenting on the proposed design in the Verge article. You are right that no one really knows. :)

    What I think we should ask ourselves is why have users asked for a larger screen? People want it for things like a better typing experience (larger keys with more space between them), a better web browsing experience, the ability to display larger text for reading and bigger pictures. Non of that is really improved with the design described in this article. I can't wrap my head around it making sense in any way other then the ability to market it as having a 4 inch screen and widescreen video. It's odd and feels like bad design.

    HTC One X looks nice. Too bad it's not stock Android.
     
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    I think the argument for a 4" retina display is an obvious one (for the reasons you stated) and the people on forums like Mac Rumors saying it should stay 3.5" are pretty dense IMO. I'm confident Apple could potentially give us a 4" screen at 3:2 and not make it much bigger than the 4S. I actually think a 4.5" retina display (3:2) would be perfection as long as you eliminate the majority of the current bezel.

    Anyways, it will be fun to discuss until the fall. The scary thing is that Apple could just throw on LTE on the 4S and it would still be wildly popular. I just think a larger (but not too large) screen is the natural next step forward.

    Look at the HTC One X. Sure, it might be a touch too big, but you can't tell me it just looks more current and fresh compared to the iPhone. I especially love the black and white model.

    Is Sense really that horrible?
     
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