You may remember Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, from a few interviews we did with him awhile back concerning the science of mobile handset displays and their faulty brightness controls. Now, the respected display scientist is offering his own predictions about the future of the iPad.
It was early on in the game when Apple recognized the need for a dedicated display for its home computers. Where the Apple I and the first Apple II models relied on third-party RF modulators for hooking up to television sets, Apple changed course in 1980 when it released the 12-inch, monochromatic Apple Monitor III to accompany its Apple III business computer.
Rumors broke out on Monday that Apple would be partnering with Toshiba to work on new display technology for mobile devices, including Cupertino adopting AMOLED screen technology. Now, Toshiba has come forward to debunk those rumors.
This morning, we got the chance to chat over the phone with DisplayMate's president, Dr. Raymond Soneira. We asked him a few questions about his detailed study of Smartphone displays, what he had to say about his results, and whether or not there may be an iPad with a Retina Display in the near future.
You love your smartphone and the satisfaction that it brings you when you can watch movies on the go and video chat, one-on-one, with your loved ones half way around the world. Whether you're sporting an Android handset or one of Apple's iPhones, you wouldn't be able to do all the things you do without that display you stare into each day. Like our computer monitors and television sets, the smartphone is another extension of technology that’s evolving at a rapid pace. The science behind all of those LCD and OLED displays are what really set each mobile phone apart from each other, but to the average consumer, what do those displays really mean? Like our other gadgets and entertainment portals, smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, but each one displays photos, your Twitter feed and your text messages on a different kind of display. You can see the difference, but can you really tell what’s what?
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, is also a research scientist. He wanted to put a stop to the vague reviews of displays and add another level of After considerable testing and extensive scientific lab measurements, Dr. Soneira has managed to put together a thorough comparison of the most widely used cell phone displays available on the market. He took the display data of Google’s Nexus One (manufactured by HTC), the Samsung Galaxy S, Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS, and the Motorola Droid and pitted them against each other to discover the differences between each display, and the true meaning behind OLED and LCD. Read on to get a quick, Mac|Life Cliff Notes version of his study, and follow the link (here and at the end of the article) to check out his detailed charts, organized by category, to find out why the pixel count and display resolutions really set these smartphones apart.
You thought you knew everything you knew about displays, but you were wrong. Did you know that the control labeled "contrast" on your monitor actually has absolutely no effect on image contrast? Or that most HDTVs have the same basic user controls as the original analog NTSC color TV?
While Apple works to get a few glitches ironed out in the graphical
displays of some of their 27" iMacs, a judge in California cuts the
company a break with an even earlier class action based complaint
regarding their monitors.