The biggest change in Apple’s new iPad is undoubtedly that Retina display. Cramming all those extra pixels into the same size screen is certainly a feat of engineering, but Apple didn’t do it just because it can.

As anyone with a new iPad in front of them, or an iPhone 4/4S for that matter, will have to admit, having a Retina display makes the screen almost look like a magazine. It’s impossible sharp, mesmerisingly clear.

According to one Optometrist and the editor of All About Vision, those extra pixels also help to reduce eye strain, too…

“A key factor in something that’s called computer vision syndrome, or just eye strain from computer use, is screen resolution. The new iPad, with twice the resolution of the iPad 2, 264 ppi (pixels per inch) instead of 132, people are going to notice less pixelation, especially in a small typeface. It’s not just an enjoyment issue or an aesthetic issue, but it’s definitely a visual comfort isue, over time.”

Until now, iPads have been pushed down the e-reading pecking order by the Kindle, Amazon’s own e-reader. The ace up the Kindle’s sleeve is its e-ink display which, because it is not backlit, causes minimal eye fatigue. The new iPad may now be set to give the Kindle a run for its money.

We’d love to know how people are using their new iPads. Are you reading books on yours, or are you still going to use a Kindle or other e-reader as your main paper book replacing tech?


  • I’m doing everything on it….just can’t live it alone!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll bet! I remember when I had the iPhone 3GS, I thought it was a pretty nice phone and much better than the 3G as far as feature set goes, speed too. But when I heard about the iPhone 4 and the front facing camera and retina display I had to see. But I intially did not intend to buy it. When I saw how clear the screen was compared to the 3GS, I couldn’t resist. Not to mention the speed, processing power, front facing camera, and the design.

    So I know the New iPad looks sweet, another reason I don’t want to physically handle it. I currently have the AT&T iPad 2 64GB 3G+wi-fi model. It’s doing what I need it to do so far, so no need to upgrade. If I did though, it would only be for the screen and the LTE capability which isn’t worth the price tag at this time. But if I won one, I’d take it!

  • My 30″ Mac has now become a downloader, and for the things my iPad cant do, everything is just so much more enjoyable on it, not to mention the Mac irritates my eyes after a while, nothing what so ever on the iPad.

    I actually use Splashtop to do things on my mac, on the ipad so I dont actually have to use it, scary how I find my $800 device so much more enjoyable the the $3000 one.

  • Anonymous

    So I am one of the people that caved in and bought the new iPad, withholding from purchasing any previous generation iPad. I have had several iPhones tho, including the 4 and 4S, both of which have the retina display. After hearing all the news about how amazing the iPad screen is, I must say, I can’t see what’s so amazing. It looks normal to me. I’m guessing this has to do with the fact that Im so used to the iPhones retina display already. Is anyone else experiencing this?

    • Anonymous

      Lol I agree. I’ve had both iPad models in the past and this one just seems normal. I’m used to my iPhone screen and this looks identical.

      • Anonymous

        Kind of begs the question how can these screens be further improved in the future if we are already at optimal viewing capacity. If we can’t see the pixels anymore, how can these screens be improved? I can see high ppi OLED screens as the next step up, but what about after that? Flexible screens? Can’t wait to see what the future holds lol

      • Anonymous

        The future = resolution will get lower and lower until you can see giant blocks on your screen. Then it will go back up. It’s cyclical!

    • KewlDewd

      No way. I think it looks incredible. Having a screen of the quality of the iPhone at the size of the iPad is amazing. Honestly I’m thrilled with it. Have you compared it to an iPad 2 screen?

      • Anonymous

        Im not saying the new iPad doesn’t look good. Im just saying that after owning the iPhone 4 and 4s, Im not that impressed with the display. It just looks normal to me. I know that if I used a previous iPad for extended time I would be amazed, but thats not the case. It just looks normal to me

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness for experts….