Display expert: iPad 2 LCD ‘almost identical’ in performance to iPhone 4 Retina display

“An in-depth scientific analysis of the iPad 2 display reveals that Apple’s latest tablet, despite having significantly lower pixel density, delivers “almost identical” performance to the iPhone 4,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.

“Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, conducted the tests in a ‘shoot-out’ between the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4,” Ong reports. “According to Soneira, the iPad 2 ‘has excellent LCD display hardware,’ but could benefit from a software update to improve anti-aliasing and automatic brightness controls.”

Ong reports, “Soneira’s overall assessment concludes that ‘other than PPI resolution the iPad 2 display delivers similar performance to the iPhone 4 Retina Display.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]


  1. Yoho, They mis used that term (though they couched by using PPi resolution) the resolution is almost identical in the two displays. (I pad is actually slightly better) Resolution is the ability to resolve images (basically related to absolute pixel count) wish is almost identical on the two.
    WHat is different is the size, which makes the pixel density higher on the iPhone, however considering that the iPhone is normally held twice as far away means that the view sould be nearly the same (even to untrained eyes;-)

    If you held an iPad up to your face the way you do a phone, then yes you would perceive a lower density.
    That is like standing up close to a 50″ TV monitor and then saying it isn’t as clear as a 26″ (at that distance)
    While true it is also kind of… well… arbitrary.

  2. “I have iPad 2 and iPhone 4, and iPhone blows it away by a mile”

    That’s the same as those ignorant fandroids saying the Xoom’s display is better than the iPad’s because of the slightly higher PPI, completely ignoring how crap its color accuracy, contrast and saturation is.

    Besides, the author explicitly said: ” other than PPI resolution the iPad 2 display delivers similar performance to the iPhone 4 Retina Display.”

    Meaning that if the PPI was greater, the iPad’s display would be identical to iPhone 4’s.

  3. Are you guys serious or are you just trolling?

    Do you look at the 55″ TVs and go; well yes they are big but WOW look at that 26″ model, the PPi is sooooo high!

    PPi or LPI matters in printing where it yields higher resolution, the two screens (iphone4 and ipad) have virtually identical resolution and response (the ipads is just bigger, just like my TV example.)

    1. Wow I just got my first live look at a Xoom, the screen is horrible, reminds me of one of those worthless ASUS net-book’s screens.

      Are people really naive enough (or apple hating enough) to buy one of those things?
      The mind reels…

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