Originally Posted by Chronoptimist
It's getting really tedious to see a couple of posters jump in on this topic saying that 4K displays are pointless, when anyone that has seen them can say that the numbers they're throwing out are inaccurate. There are benefits from 4K far beyond the distances they're quoting.
It's the same story as when there was talk of 1080p native screens coming out, with everyone saying you would need a minimum of a 50" screen and have to sit very close to see any benefit, which was absolutely not the case.
You should have to sit even closer to your iPhone than 1-2 screen heights away, as it's a 330 PPI display, and a 50" 4K TV is only 88 PPI.
The old iPhone screen was 165 PPI, I guess there was no point to, or benefit from going to a "retina" screen. All marketing hype?
Well, regarding "marketing hype": yes somewhat, in my opinion. I own and use both phones.
It's human nature to have "the best" and strive for better whether the benefits are perceived or real, and if people need to inch their screens a bit closer to their grills to "enjoy" the increased rez, you can bet some will do it. Does that mean it offers an improved experience 99.5% of the time when they're using it normally? Of course it doesn't.
But of course the new iphone has a better display, period. The colors pop much, much, more, they're more saturated and contrast is superior. Check, check, and check.
That said, my photos- from a resolution standpoint anyway- are indistinguishable on either device from a reasonable distance. Less than a foot though, no way.
I don't think any reasonable person flatly rejects 4K...they're just arguing that it's a shame other PQ aspects are not being addressed/realized that would have a much more meaningful impact on the vast majority of applications.