Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I noticed immediately I can read and post to AI forums without zooming in... fantastic for these 72-year-old eyes.
Hey, you're ten years older than me. I had no idea! But you're right. I found that with my iPhone 4, and now the 4S, I could read type that was far too small to read before, not only on the phone, but in a magazine. The contrast on these screens is so much better, that the type "pops". Same thing with the new iPad.
What's interesting, now that I've had this thing since 8:15 am, is that while at first, I was specifically looking for places where type was sharper, and I was going from web site to web site, app to app, and book to book, I've calmed down. But in doing so, I'm finding that the experience is even more impressive.
I know that some people just hate superlatives when describing Apple's products, but the screen is just otherworldly. Very hard to describe to someone who hasn't used it. The writers who say that going back to the older models is impossible, are correct. Use this for a while, and try the older model, and it's actually difficult. Everything now looks horrible. And the older screens were pretty good. I've been using them for two years!. But the text always did bother me in sizes smaller than 12 point, on screen. And even that had some rendering problems.
I have found a couple of things that are not perfect though. The first is that Apple has the brightness a bit too low. If it's set a bit higher, the whites get much whiter and lose most of that magenta look, and everything becomes better separated. The other problem, at least on my unit, is that there is a bit of magenta/green crossover. For those who don't know what that means, it's when the contrast of one, or more colors is different from the others. In this case it means that the magenta/green, which is one color actually, has a contrast that is greater than the red/cyan and blue/yellow colors. So shadows are going magenta, and lighter colors are going green. But there is another change in the highlights back to magnets.
One thing I always hoped Apple would do, is to allow companies to gain access to the color controls of the device so that we could plug a monitor calibration device in the connector, and correct the screen. I bought a calibrator that uses a connection the the Mac to do this for the iPad, but you must view photos and graphics through their own app on the iPad for the correction to function. There is a difference, and it does make the colors better, and more to standards. I'll calibrate this during the weekend. With the higher saturation it will work better as there's more room to move. But a true screen calibration ability would make such a big difference that I wish I could force Apple to allow that.
The individual colors are purer and cleaner though as it is.