Right, the Retina Display has probably been one of the most rumoured and anticipated features of the new Apple iPad over the past few months. Well, the wait is now over and we can dive right into it and see if it has lived up to how good we thought it would be.
The display, which is a 9.7-inch, as usual, LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display, features an extremely high resolution of 2048 x 1536.
The iPad’s Retina Display features 264 pixels per inch, which is actually lower the iPhone 4’s 326 ppi; however Apple says that because people normally hold the iPad further away they didn’t feel it necessary to bump the quality up even more. I doubt we’d even be able to tell the difference anyway, based on how impressive the new display at 264 ppi is.
After turning the iPad on for the first time, even the Apple logo against the black background looked spectacular!
Once I’d completed the setup, I was sent to the home screen where I could finally begin to have some fun.
After playing around in Safari, PhotoBooth and just having a general look around, I really noticed the performance difference from using both the 1st generation iPad and the iPad 2. The 1st generation more-so though because, to be honest, the new iPad features very similar hardware to the iPad 2.
Despite this, the overall feel is extraordinary. The display is much crisper, sharper and is an absolute pleasure to use and look at.
Loading up a few programs really enables you to see the difference in quality, with text appearing even more crisp and smooth on websites, and images looking even more vibrant and stunning.
I actually found, when moving my head a few inches away from the display, that you can’t see any pixels at all, which really impressed me. There are no jagged edges on text, or pixilation on any application icons. I’ve been really impressed by some of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet displays, as well as a few other makes recently, however none, apart from perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Note, are really at a level where you can’t see any pixels at all.
Obviously, because the new iPad is so new, some applications are not yet Retina Display compatible, or are currently being upgraded, and there will be a few applications where you can see the pixels, but the overall quality will be much better than before because of the upscaling that takes place.
Although only slightly, there also appears to be a slight improvement in colour saturation and the display is noticeably brighter than the 1st gen iPad and iPad 2.