Apple iPad Display Mightier than Microsoft RT Devices, Says Expert

October 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Following a Microsoft engineer’s quote that their Surface tablet features a better display than that of the iPad, an expert has clarified that the iPad display is undoubtedly the better of the two.

The expert is none other than Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies. He said the sub-pixel rendering technology that Microsoft is boasting about does have an impact on how text will look on the device.

But when it comes to high resolution images and videos, iPad’s display overthrows the Surface’s display.

The new iPad’s display measures 9.7 inches diagonally and within this space is packed 2048×1536 pixels. Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet, which became available for pre-order 2 days ago, on the other hand sports a 10.6 inch screen with a display resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

Common sense says that the iPad, with a smaller screen and higher pixel count will have better pixel density compared to the Surface RT tablet. But Microsoft was so obliged with their sub-pixel rendering that they give out such a statement.

Microsoft will also be releasing a 208ppi (1920 x 1080 pixels) Surface Pro later on, using the same ClearType sub-pixel rendering technology, and Soneira do believe that this device can out run iPad’s display if the device will be rolling out as he is expecting it to be.

He claims that the ClearType technology with sub-pixel rendering can make a display appear as if it has 3 times the actual resolution, but regarding sharpness, iPad still rules. Soneira tested the devices by opening the New York Times website on all three, and comparing the reproduction of small text on each display.

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