Android has larger screens on phones like the Droid X. But no one’s screen is as sharp. The Retina Display is a peach – except without a hint of fuzz.
I spend my days looking around at things. Glancing. My work computer, cresting waves, cars that pass by too fast outside my windows like my street is a drag strip. I don’t even bother to look at their licence plates to report them to the police. Tired eyes.
But when I look at the iPhone’s screen, my eyes inhale to focus. It’s like getting Lasik. My TV, my iPad, my old iPhone, my 24-inch monitor, my laptop – every screen I had ever owned or seen up until now were grainy premonitions of this one. All I could see on old screens were crusty pixels. Aliasing. Dull brights. Lazy blacks. Jaggies. Off-colour, off-kilter viewing angles. Dots. Little squares. Like Dad’s old Trinitron. Red, green, blue rectangles that shocked you with static. Screen doors in the summer, nose pressed against.
Yellow. A few people had screens with yellow markings and blotches and bars, just like the hard-to-manufacture high resolution iMac screens we saw this spring. Manufacturing by Apple is ambitious, and if you complain, I’d like to believe you’ll get taken care of. When they’re back in stock. Mine was not bruised.
But there’s no need. Loom close – about six inches – and you can see the ski trip photos and the puppy whiskers and the glint in everyone’s eye from the thumbnails alone. Just a sideways glance is now enough.