MOBILE SCREENS HIT DESIGNERS’ SWEET SPOT!

HITTING 1080p FULL HD GLORY ON SMARTPHONES!


Sometimes competition does remarkable things. It pushes the impossible to a common thing in a matter of months! Since iPhone triggered smartphone war manufactures push their limits to ever so high that is sometime go beyond the practicality. In pursuit of being alive in the gladiator game, anything is fair. Many bizarre inch screen sizes, ever so high megapixels and still not usable NFC like technology features become common place even though they are yet to see any practical use for the common man.

Anyway something that I long wished for being a visual design guy had not come to the market until very recently HTC did their Droid DNA. Then followed by SONY Xperia Z, HTC One and now the latest glamor phone Samsung Galaxy S4.

BINGO! All of suddenly all pushing the mobile screen resolution where I would have like it to be the final resting place. Aka “Sweet Spot” of mobile screen resolutions. Full HD 1920X1080p Glory Screens!

Regardless of their physical inch size, 1080p Full HD screen resolution is a “SWEET SPOT” for screen resolutions. Be it a TV or the small screen. HDTVs long had it. When original iPhone 4 Retina display rumors were ashore I thought Apple would go full HD with iPhone 4 or at least with iPhone 5. But Apple hardly does anything just for the reason of hype, unless the market is ready for it to make it perfect, practical and cheaper to make as a quality product in mass production quantities to market it at a premium. So iPhone 4 and 5 Retina Screen stopped near the physical limits of the human naked eye at the hand’s length of 300 dpi range.

Somehow it is noteworthy this all hyped 1080p Full HD is EXACTLY what the upper pixel count even on the 55″ inch and beyond Full HDTV beauties today we lavishly enjoy in our living rooms. (Until 4K screens, or rather 4K content is possible). So a packing that mammoth 55″ inch living room monster resolution to a silly 5 inch hand-held screen doesn’t really cut in. But it is good at least Android guys do standardize it somehow. With year long trained graphics eye, I even can not distinguish any pixels beyond the 275 Dots Per Inch (DPI) boundaries. Also age old offset-printing-press industry has stopped at 300DPI super fine print-quality range for a reason. Human eye can’t see beyond that. The new Samsung Galaxy’s 5 inch 1080p crazy 441 DPI screen resolution which is almost as double as what a naked human eye can possibly see at one feet away hand-held distance, Gosh, this is scary crazy! But this solves one fundamental nightmare the design industry had. Designing for ten zillion resolutions is scary, so one size fits all HD resolution is good way to finalize this once and for all.

Apparently the fight for the screen size supremacy is halted at Apple Labs until the market finds it’s sweet spot. Here, all the Android guys are betting all sort of screen size and resolution soup positively heating up the market point where we all wanted to be and now have almost achieved that it seems. There is a big chance that the next iPhone may even hit 1080p resolution either at 4.5 to 5 inch size finalizing the screen size limbo for good.

Even though iPhonions like me still have to wait for full HD glory on our iPhones. I am glad that all the industry screen sizes are now coming in to the place where I always wanted it to be. Forget the physical sizes, we humans come in all shapes, twelve inch dicks, so regardless of the fancy PHYSICAL screen sizes, what matters is the actual aspect-resolution 1920x1080p @ 16:9 is FREEZING now. Here I strongly believe that 1080p Full HD (2K, 4K or multiples of it for TVs) is the final resting place for the screen resolution like it once did for 600X800 VGA.

So that all the wonderful developer community can kick-start their design houses to have the history’s most promising time for Software User Interfaces. In the soon to be future all our apps will run perfectly from our soon-to-be Tera-Core mobiles to pads to kiosks to HDTVs scaling up and down fluidly with an astounding visual perfection and crispiness. This is where we are taking it.

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WOW! Think of 70 something started as Seven Segment Liquid Crystal Display (SHARP calculator/clock LCD) revolution which kept pushing picture clarity boundaries with ever so high segments have come along way and found a very sweet spot. Now unless the human eye evolves to be an Eagle-Eye to see it, Our screens will only advance in terms of technology without any break-troughs in visual clarity. Oh, what a circle!

NB: Glass free 3D has yet to come out of labs.

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