The new iPad has a nice screen—it’s a really nice screen. Website DisplayMate has taken a closer look at the new display.
They go into the specifics of what constitutes as a true “Retina display” and how Apple’s idea of a retina display is how it works to someone with 20/20 vision:
“The original Retina Display on the iPhone 4 has 326 pixels per inch (ppi). But to qualify as an Apple Retina Display the new iPad does not require the same ppi as the iPhone 4 Retina Display because it is typically held further away from the eye, whose visual sharpness is based on angular resolution rather than the linear ppi resolution on the display. The iPad is typically held 15-18 inches away as opposed to the iPhone 4’s 12-15 inches. As a result, to meet the 300 ppi Retina Display specification made by Steve Jobs at WWDC for the iPhone 4, an iPad Retina Display only needs 240 ppi – and it has 264 ppi. So according to Apple’s own definition, the new iPad is indeed a true “Retina Display.”
Here are a few key points:
Comparison with the iPad 2 and current Android Tablets: The display on the new iPad decisively beats (blows away) all of the Tablets we have previously tested including the iPad 2 (below), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, and the Amazon Kindle Fire at the back of the pack. The articles also show that the iPad 2 display has recently slipped behind the Galaxy Tab and Nook Tablet. See the Conclusion section below for the evaluation and the article links for other tested Tablets.
Viewing Tests: What makes the new iPad really shine is its very accurate colors and picture quality. It’s most likely better and more accurate than any display you own (unless it’s a calibrated professional display). In fact with some minor calibration tweaks the new iPad would qualify as a studio reference monitor. See our detailed measurements.
There is plenty more to read, but you should check out the full breakdown at DisplayMate: Here.