The Myth & Truth about Retina Displays (Myth Buster Series)

There’s no such thing as a specific device for ‘Retina Display’. Actually, every display whether it’s CRT, LCD or OLED are retina displays if it’s kept some distance from eyes till the ‘Pixels’ are not seen by human eyes. In other words, once the individual can’t be seen by our eyes, that display is a Retina Display.

Usually we hold our Mobile Devices closer to our eyes than other displays. And such displays used in high end Mobile Devices are made in such a ways that Pixels are very tiny than other displays when kept some distance from eye.

For example,

CRT Monitor > Eyes at a distance of 5 CM > Individual Pixels can be seen > Not a Retina Display

High end display (say OLED) > Eyes at a distance of 5 CM > Individual Pixels can’t be seen > Is a Retina Display

Notes: In first case, the CRT monitor is not a Retina Display because the Pixels can be seen. Whereas the OLED monitor is a Retina Display because it’s Pixels can’t be seen.

Let’s take the same example in other way.

Example 2

CRT Monitor > Eyes at a distance of 30 CM > Individual Pixels can’t be seen > Is a Retina Display

High end display (say OLED) > Eyes at a distance of 5 CM > Individual Pixels can’t be seen > Is a Retina Display

Note: Notice the changes in first example & the second example.

In short: The term ‘Retina Display’ is just a marketing term to denote the images look sharper than ever before even the screen is hold in-front of eyes so close.

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This information was originally posted on April 20, 2013 in my facebook wall.