It's not suitable for anything. It's based on 60 pixels per degree, which is entirely flawed. For one thing, it doesn't factor in the reality of current display technology where we have far less than 100% pixel fill rate, and therefore have large visible grids around pixels.
Assuming 20/20 vision, the new iPad would be at 10″ on that chart.
Despite popular belief though, the maximum visual acuity of a healthy eye is actually between 20/16-20/12 though, which would place the iPad at 18″probably why I don't find that the screen has quite
enough resolution to hide the pixels, though there's barely any sort of pixel grid visible, which has a far greater impact on image quality. (in a positive way)
Originally Posted by keyser
I´ve also only seen comparisons on the new Ipad screen done in abnormal closeups, anyone have at normal viewing distance?
When virtually all displays that you're going to be viewing the comparison on have less than half the resolution of the iPad screen, you have to do large comparisons like that.
You really need to see the display in person, and it probably isn't going to blow you away immediatelyeven I was impressed, but somewhat underwhelmed at first. But after a week of using the new iPad for virtually all computing and reading tasks, I was shocked at how bad the old iPad 2 screen looked in comparison. You just can't go back.
Originally Posted by Bill
If I have that resolution I'd sure as hell better be able to have multiple windows open. That much res for only displaying one app is a waste.
You're thinking of resolution as if this were a PC monitor where higher resolution just means more stuff on-screen, rather than the same content, rendered with much better image quality.
This is still a 9.7″ display.
There are some apps that give you side-by-side browser views, but they aren't much usejust like those 7″ tablets half the size of the iPad that the Android market seems focused on aren't much use.
The point is that text and images look amazing now, rather than being able to fit more stuff. It's not like people's fingers suddenly got any smaller.
Now that there's almost a total lack of a pixel grid, this is possibly the best device that exists for reading on today. Many people have claimed that they don't like reading off backlit displays, but what I have argued in the pastand this seems to have been confirmed with numerous reports recentlyis that it's actually the visible pixel grid that is distracting when reading long form content on an LCD, rather than the backlight. (assuming you have it set to a reasonable level)
I hope this pushes Amazon towards higher resolution E-Ink displays, or they are going to be left behind. Text on the new iPad is as good if not better than reading high resolution glossy magazine quality print, whereas the Kindle looks like a cheap paperback at best. Of course they still have the advantage of being visible in bright sunlight/outdoors, cheap & lightweight, and having a battery measured in days rather than hours but I haven't touched my Kindle since getting the new iPad, which is telling.