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  • Microsoft: The Surface Display is of Higher Quality than that of the iPad


    Although Microsoft’s new Surface has a lower resolution screen than the Retina display on the new iPad, Microsoft engineer Steve Bathiche argues that the Surface still offers a superior picture quality because of “ClearType” display technology. According to Bathiche, Microsoft’s ClearType maximizes the “perceived resolution” of the 1,366 by 768 pixel display found on the new surface. His comments were made in a Q&A session on Reddit this week.

    Bathiche said the following regarding the matter:

    The amount of light in a room and the reflections of the screen have a huge effect on the contrast of the display. In fact, a small amount of reflection can greatly reduce contrast and thus the perceived resolution of the display.

    With ClearType Display technology, we took a 3 pronged approach to maximize that perceived resolution and optimize for battery life, weight, and thickness.
    The Microsoft engineer continued on to explain that the Surface display reflects anywhere between 5.5% and 6.2% of light, while the new iPad reflects a larger amount of light (roughly 9.9%). According to him, when compared side by side, many people claim to see more detail on the Surface RT than the iPad.

    It should be noted that Bathiche did seem to “struggle” for an answer when asked why Microsoft decided to offer a higher resolution display with the forthcoming Intel-based Windows Pro Surface. He responded by saying that the extra screen real estate with the Surface Pro might help in office presentations.

    Upon its release in March, the Retina display on the new iPad has been claimed to be a major improvement from the previous iteration of the device while also being given the crown as being the highest quality screen available on a mobile device. In addition to offering an increased resolution, Raymond Soneira, a display expert with DisplayMate said that the iPad Retina display offers state of the art sharpness and color saturation. We’ll find out if Bathiche’s statements are true or fictitious when benchmarks start rolling in for the Surface in the near future.

    Source: Reddit via CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft: The Surface Display is of Higher Quality than that of the iPad started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      W8 for tablets is sadly locked down even more then the iPad, you can only install apps from the windows store and you have to pay extra for the ability to watch videos and listen to music.
      Quote Originally Posted by nealh View Post
      Really cant paly videos or listen to music withouut additional costt??? Are they idiots. MS better reassess fast or forget it. They are missing the whole point og a tablet.
      Spazturtle has no idea what he's talking about. That's not true, you don't need to pay extra money to do that. And only the RT models are restricted to the Windows Store. The Surface Pro uses a full version of Windows.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
      Spazturtle has no idea what he's talking about. That's not true, you don't need to pay extra money to do that. And only the RT models are restricted to the Windows Store. The Surface Pro uses a full version of Windows.
      Windows 8 with have no Media player or center, you have to pay extra for it.

      "list of features missing in Windows RT, including Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Remote Desktop, HomeGroup creation... "
      Also missing the codecs so you will have a hard time finding a free replacement.

      And nobody here is talking about the Pro, which won't be released for a while yet.
    1. njp316's Avatar
      njp316 -
      They are claiming the screen is of "higher quality" because it is less reflective. Under this reasoning the screen would be of inferior quality in low light/ indoors situation. I hope the surface is good competition for the iPad but this is pure smoke.
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Windows 8 with have no Media player or center, you have to pay extra for it.

      "list of features missing in Windows RT, including Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Remote Desktop, HomeGroup creation... "
      Also missing the codecs so you will have a hard time finding a free replacement.

      And nobody here is talking about the Pro, which won't be released for a while yet.
      Even though it is missing those applications, its a far cry from not being able to listen to music. It's not very hard to get codecs on any other version of Windows, so I don't know why it would be difficult for Windows RT. There are a multitude of applications that provide most of the codecs people need to listen to any of their music.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Quote Originally Posted by pcrussell50 View Post
      if the surface has a real OS, not a locked down mobile OS, I'll get one. the locked down'ness of ios is why I passed on the iPad.

      -peter
      Have fun using apps designed for mouse and keyboard. Not to mention how bogged down these apps will be.

      Tablets are tablets.
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      Um, one important point. The RT uses an ARM processor, different architecture, your x86 apps aren't going to work, at all. So don't think you can just load up WinAMP or the like and listen to your MP3's. Even if it is rooted/jailbroken you're still going to have to re-build apps for the processor.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
      Even though it is missing those applications, its a far cry from not being able to listen to music. It's not very hard to get codecs on any other version of Windows, so I don't know why it would be difficult for Windows RT. There are a multitude of applications that provide most of the codecs people need to listen to any of their music.
      But you can only get apps from the windows store and licensee for codecs cost money, so there won't be any free applications.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      I'm sure it won't be long before someone installs Windows 7 on a Surface haha.

      I tried Win8 RP on my home PC and it was a big fat steaming pile of fail. Managed to corrupt my MBR to the point where it reported "No Boot Device Found" even though I had 2 partitions with XP and Win8 RP.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      I'm sure it won't be long before someone installs Windows 7 on a Surface haha.

      I tried Win8 RP on my home PC and it was a big fat steaming pile of fail. Managed to corrupt my MBR to the point where it reported "No Boot Device Found" even though I had 2 partitions with XP and Win8 RP.
      Windows 7 doesn't run on ARM, the version of Win8 run on the tablets is worse then the desktop version.
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      But you can only get apps from the windows store and licensee for codecs cost money, so there won't be any free applications.
      I don't know where you got your info about the codecs being missing. But according to Gizmodo, the tablets come with their own media player. Just not the Windows Media Player you are used to using.

      Quote Originally Posted by Gizmodo View Post
      It also doesn't come with Windows Media Player, but that's not a big deal since the onboard media players will handle most of that load.