There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the launch of Windows 8 in all its sizes and forms. And for good reason. Although it may take long term Windows users a little while to get used to it, the complete rethink in design meant that Microsoft could finally release easily usable tablets. Enter: the Surface RT. The tablet which Steve Ballmer’s company claimed would outperform the new Retina equipped iPads when it came to screen clarity. Spoiler: it doesn’t.
A display expert, Dr. Raymond Soneira over at DisplayMate Technologies has stated that the iPad 3’s higher resolution display not only produces much sharper text than the the ClearType display on the RT, but also has “significantly better” color saturation and color accuracy. In short, the iPad 3/4’s display is the bee’s knees. And, despite the fact that the iPad 2 clearly has a lower resolution than the RT, that also outperforms the Surface RT when it comes to color.
The iPad 3 has a much higher resolution of 2048×1536 and a much larger 99 percent Color Gamut. In terms of visual sharpness, the Surface RT with ClearType Sub-Pixel Rendering improves text sharpness significantly so that it is significantly sharper than the iPad 2, but not as sharp as the iPad 3. In terms of the Color Gamut, the new iPad 3 has significantly better color saturation and color accuracy.
When it comes to displays then, nothing comes close to the iPad’s Retina panel (yet). I’m looking forward to when all tablets’ displays surpass the density required to fool your eyes in to thinking there are no individual pixels. More importantly, I’m looking forward to the day the iPad mini has a Retina display. That day cannot come soon enough.