iPad 2 and iPhone 4 screens compared - With Science!

Seamus Bellamhy

A lot of people are quick to compare the screen quality of various smartphones and tablets, using generalities like image reproduction and readability to decide who the king of the king of the hill is. While this sort of evaluation is fine for most consumers, it's not a true measure of the technology under the hood of the display that a device is rocking. Fortunately, Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate (and occasional Max PC contributer ) is all about the numbers. To prove it, they've put together an honest, quantitative comparison of two of the sharpest looking mobile screens on the market today: the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 .

By comparing the displays of the smartphone and tablet using data such as their individual cover glass air gap measurements, screen reflectance of ambient light and color gamut, DisplayMate's review of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4's displays beyond the "wow, that looks frigging great" mediocrity of most hardware reviews we see online and in print. Instead, DisplayMate goes further down the hardware rabbit hole, telling us exactly why, from a scientific standpoint, both displays look frigging great, even going so far as to suggest to Apple what they might improve upon the next time out of the gate.

DisplayMate's report on how the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 measure up against the competition is a bit lengthy, but well worth your time--especially if you're looking for some cold hard facts to throw down during a hardcore geek-off.

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