Will people recognize that the Nexus 10 tablet display is higher resolution than iPad's without a catchy name like "Retina"?

kreiley

I was reading about the new Nexus 10 tablet, and my eyes opened a little wider when I checked out the display specs: a 10" 2560x1600 PLS display with 300(!) pixels per inch. Sweet. For comparison, the iPad's Retina display is 264 pixels per inch, and it looks sweet. The thing is that it seems like people don't pay attention to facts like they do to catchy phrases. For example, a significant percentage of Americans actually believed Death Panels were real, without bothering to check for themselves or think beyond the memorable term. Will it actually matter if the display on the Nexus 10 is better than the iPad? Do average consumers even understand what pixels per inch means?

Topic: Hardware
Answer this Question

Answers

2 total
jimlynch
Vote Up (23)

Apple has always excelled at marketing its products. It probably makes sense for Google to come up with a catchy term like "retina."

However, after a certain point a higher resolution becomes meaningless if most people can't notice it at a typical viewing distance. So your average tablet consumer might not even care about it.

sspade
Vote Up (19)

 

I think it is fair to say that Apple is much better at marketing than Google.  Apple makes good products that look great and sells bajillions of them at a premium price point.  One thing that this has done for Apple is reassure customers that when they spend their money on an Apple product, they are going to get something that works, is at or near the leading edge of mainstream consumer technology, and also looks cool while sipping on a latte.  I would hazard a guess than many of these "casual" tech consumers don't care one bit about pixel count or any other spec.  They want something that works and looks good, and Apple provides it.  

 

Another thing, specs don't tell the entire story.  How accurate are the colors?  How black are the blacks?  How bright is the display?  People don't always go for the technically best, most accurate image.

 

Ask a question

Join Now or Sign In to ask a question.
On the positive side, with the influx of cheap solar cells, the U.S. will be able to achieve its six-gigawatt installation goal this year.
Audi demonstrated a highly automated driving technology in an Audi A7 equipped to handle driving functions on freeway conditions at up to 40 mph.
Cisco announced it will soon ship its Application Centric Infrastructure controller and rolled out other extensions across its data center portfolio.
Microsoft released its own version of the Raspberry Pi, but don't expect a cheap price for this Windows flavored tiny PC.
Oracle has granted CEO Larry Ellison 3 million stock options, a significant reduction from the 7 million options he received in previous years, according to a regulatory filing.
Researchers at Stanford University have made progress toward designing a battery with a lithium anode, a development that could increase battery power in electronics.
Smarter contextual awareness, 4K video and augmented reality are just some of the new technologies that will be offered by smartphones and tablets over the next year or so, according to Qualcomm's product blueprints.
Thanks to the rise of mobile gaming and 4K video, LP-DDR4 memory will reach smartphones and tablets close to two years earlier than expected, an analyst said.
Oracle is the latest in a string of firms getting a custom fit instead of off the shelf.
Be sure to show your sysadmin how much you appreciate him or her today - but keep it sane
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

randomness