Originally Posted by hamiltonrrwatch
I'm debating whether to buy now or wait to see if the next generation incorporates a higher display resolution. The 1st Generation, IMHO, didn't render video all that great.
The cameras aren't a big deal to me; I take the occasional
picture with my iPhone 4.
I have a friend who loves her iPhone4 too.She has all sorts of older and newer computers at home but she tells me that she does more of her stuff using the iPhone, and seldom opens her computer anymore, except to look at old stored stuff.
I was surprised because she is much older already and has glasses that are very thick and she still literally had her eyes very close to the screen when she was using her old iMac way back in 2000. She has newer computers but would not part with her old iMac.High resolution iPhone4
I do not have an iPhone4 so I sent her a large 1000x1333 lower resolution image with very fine prints, the fine prints barely visible in my new MacBookPro, when automatically reduced to 600x800. So, I was wondering if she can read them in her iPhone4 considering her poor eyesight.
The prints would just be like dots at 300x400 resize, but amazingly she said she was able to read it. I was skeptical so I asked her to read it back to me, and she actually could. I was astounded because even my new MacBook Pro cannot read the fine prints when the original size was reduced to the size of the iPhone screen -- that was why I sent her the large image to check.
That is the power of the high resolution iPhone4, as you stated.
Then, I asked her if she uses the "Retina" display which I thought was especially designed for her poor eyesight. I was surprised again when she stated that she does not use it at all, and found the partial zooming distracting.
Original iPad vs iPad2
You are correct that the screen resolution of the original iPad is not as crisp as it should be. But, then again, when I tried it with my website, it had to be resized down automatically a bit to be viewed on the iPad. I was surprised that it is still quite readable, even with the much smaller print.
I have not tried it yet, obviously, but the resolution of the new iPad is not much different than the original iPad. Before making any decision though, it is best to go to the Apple Store, or the Best Buy (in case you are not close to an Apple Store).
There are features in any Apple product that allows you to have default size specifically intended to meet the needs of those with sight impairment, a common issue with the elderly.
What makes the iPad more suitable for those with sight impairment is that because of the very much much larger screen of the iPad, even in a slightly zoomed format, the width of the iPad, even in portrait mode, is still such that it would be wider than those of the standard width of a column of multi-column newspapers. Thus, there's no need for too many left and right scrolling, even in portrait mode, using the iPad. In case that is still an issue, then you can opt for even much larger font sizes by changing the default settings (this is as opposed to temporal zooming) and use the landscape mode. I did not find any blurring of the print characters even at the highest zooming I tried. The still images may blur if the original image has low resolution.
This is where the larger screen size of the iPad much much useful than that of the screen size of the iPhone. and most advantageous for the elderly with degrading eyesight.
As to video, the iPad2 has double the RAM of the original iPad. so that it should run videos much faster. But you can find this out only when you have a chance to play with the new iPad2. I think that it is difficult to judge it simply from specification.
If after trying the new iPad2 and talking to Apple representatives (especially in the Apple Store), and you still find the iPad2 to be wanting, then by all means, it is worth your while to wait -- especially since you have the iPhone4 with a very high resolution. As I shared above, my friend, who may have a poorer eyesight than you, does almost all her inernet, emailing, banking transactions, Facebook stuff, etc. using her iPhone4. She even watches movies on it, and she told me she preferred it over the 36-inch screen TV that I left at her place, because she could watch in any position.
She is so happy with it, she was able to persuade many others to buy the iPhone. She is already thinking of upgrading to IPhone5. Her daughter who used to be mostly PC, now has an iPhone4 and the original iPad as well.
Not sure if there are subtle improvements, as the software is being upgraded, that may improve the speed even further. But, the fact that they can now run the likes of the revised iMovie indicates the subtle but significant improvements in the iPad2 that cannot be evaluated simply by looking at the specifications.One-on-One
Finally, if there is an Apple Store near you, I would advise strongly to enroll into the One-on-One tuturial that hey offer for $99 per year. You can make an appointment for as often as you want, for as long as two hours a day, and set it so that the two hour appointment would explore any topic you want to address.
Just to put the true worth of this $99 per year customer service, in perspective, it cost:
- $8.25 per month
- $1.9 per week
- 27 cents per day
For this service alone, which is unique in the Apple Ecosystem (not matched by any other competing ecosystems), I would remain loyal to Apple. The cost beats even a course in a community college for those who believe in continuing education. And, I bet no community college can offer such one-on-one attention to their students.
It was so popular that they had to make restrictions and offer it only now to those who buy their Apple products directly through the Apple store or the online Apple Store. [It cost a lot to offer one-one-one, even if the staff are paid $10 per hour, plus it would tie up too many of the expert staff.]
Many of those availing of the one-on-one service in the Boston stores are mostly adults who are well past their undergraduate years. I am touched with their seriousness, some coming with notebooks, and already prepared questions.
I wish Apple ties up with the likes of Best Buy to make this even more available to places without an Apple Store.