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New iPad Retina Display Isn't The Best For Reading

When Apple first introduced the tablet with the highest resolution on the market, the company stated that the text on this display is even sharper than the printed version.

Compared to the previous model, the new iPad doubled its resolution, going from 1,024 x 768 to 2,048 x 1,536. Consequently, every text or image on this display is "incredibly razor sharp"

But now, the guys at Ars Technica have asked themselves if this is not overkill for the users interested in getting the best reading experience.

"Not everyone has 20/20 vision, holding the iPad further away than recommended nullifies the benefits of the detail," writes Cesar Torres. When it comes to actually reading, the excessive detail does not matter all that much.

On the other hand, Amazon developed its own technology to make the reading experience more enjoyable and has integrated this into the Kindle Fire. The latest member of the Kindle family has a 6in screen, with a resolution of 600 x 800.

The Amazon tablet device uses the so-called e-ink technology, which is based on microcapsules of ink that are embedded into the display.

According to Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies "the e-ink displays have a natural anti-aliasing that eliminates the jaggies that are annoying at lower resolutions."

With a weight at almost a quarter of the new iPad's and a 180 degree viewing angle, Kindle Fire could be a better choice for users interested in only a good reading experience - instead of a detailed one.

Source: ArsTechnica (opens in new tab)

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.