Originally Posted by Hanson
LG will be releasing a 720p RGB stripe LCD display in it's newest Android phone -- we'll see how the displays stack up. Incidentally, that's 4.3" 720p LCD display with a ppi of 342 on the LG phone. That's higher than the Retina display (although not by much).
As for the streaking in solid gray backgrounds, I see that on my display, but only when I'm using remote desktop. The Epic Touch has a 480p SAMOLED Plus display that's RGB stripe, so that may be a SAMOLED thing rather than a pentile thing.
Yes. Getting to 1280x720 on a 4.x" screen gets the screen in the same regime as the iPhone (perhaps more or less depending on that .x
) Doing that with a full res LCD screen is a terrific idea.
The streaking as described I understood as the pentile effect on straight lines, but perhaps not, as you describe.
I find that the new system makes it even easier to get around in the OS, and compared to its nearest competition (iOS), it is actually far simpler in some instances. Take, for example, clearing your cache in the browser. In iOS, you actually have to exit the app, open settings, find Safari settings, and then do your cache clearing. In ICS you simply tap on the overflow box, click settings, and clear away — without ever leaving your app.
If the best example of improved usability is clearing the browser cache...in 18 months of iPhone usage I don't think I've ever cleared the browser cache. I've never had my wife or friend ask me, "How do I clear the browser cache?" That's not on my list of UX concerns I hope to see addressed on the iPhone -- or any other smartphone system.
I generally like Topolsky's work, so I don't know if that's a sign of a rushed review, a too geek-focused article, or indicates the gulf between Android fans and normal people.
It sounds like this phone basically has it all together. The hardware is fast enough to power the new OS, and it all works smoothly. Camera might be an unfortunate cost-saving measure in an otherwise flagship device. We can quibble over AMOLED vs LCD details, but they're finally past touting ever larger pixels and into an exciting new class of screen.