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Is there much point in QHD phones?

Is there any benefit to QHD phones when movie content is going to be 1080p at best? (As I understand it!)

Most Useful Answer TJ Skywasher  May. 15, 2014 at 16:48

I don't see any benefit whatsoever. I think 1080P is a waste on a phone, 720P does just fine on a small screen. When you're talking about ultra high resolutions they're better off reserved for a larger screen such as a TV. A lot of mobile devices now have higher resolutions than HDTV's and for what purpose?

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mrew42  May. 15, 2014 at 12:37

It's basically a p!ssing game.
A way for phone manufacturers to get the upgrade freaks a reason to get a 'better' phone, when reality is there's barely any difference other than the screen.
Have no doubt though, mainstream things will move to 4k (better than QHD) in the next 4-5 years. So that 1080p TV you just bought is already on the front of the shelf, where best before dates are concerned.
X)

JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2014 at 12:59

Agree!
720p or 1080p on a 4-in/4.5-in screen? People who claim they can tell the difference and/or the difference is life-changing... they have no life :p

3GB RAM? Come on... you want Flappy Birds and Instagram - 2 things designed to look crappy, but has to be seen on the best possible screen.

Thing is: companies have to stay in the news, trend on Twitter. Until telephony and the mobile web have been revolutionised, what's to innovate?
Browsing - hey, I have a gazillion pixels on a phone - the OS forces the browser to show me the mobile version of all websites but hey, they look really sweet. Big. But, um... NO, you fool. They look exactly the same on an old HD2 or N97.

Android is so 'popular' because it gives bloggers and old-fashioned tech-'journalists' so much to talk about. 20,000 devices. A few launched every day - somewhere. Usually SOMEWHERE ELSE, but nevermind... Thousands of articles about someobscure device that will never ever reach the articles' readership. There. That is the webs... Problem: Manufacturers believe their own hype, and the hype others create for clicks. Result? Oh gosh, in Android everyone but Samsung is struggling. Blackberry? Whooosh - pooooof... as if BB execs only read Crackberry.

I could go on an on...

Most innovation we have seen in the smartphone and tablet segment in the last 18 months is niche. Or overkill. Now and again I take out my 2009 HD2 or my N9, and guess what, I can do 95% of what I do with smartphones these days quite comfortably. Heck, I can do 70-80% of that with my 2006 N61... Slow, yes... and I can't enjoy the intellectual intricacies of a Michael Bay movie in HD, but for that I can always use a ropearound my neck and a wobbly chair.

So there,.... As MREW says, mostly pi*ssing contest. Like everything in our X-factorised, tescofied culture. Who pays for the biggest poin of sales display for cornflakes in Tesco.
Who pays for the best display in CPW, who has the biggest display - with nothing to watch.

I'm bitter. And old. Old and bitter. :p

mrew42  May. 15, 2014 at 13:24

I'm bitter. And old. Old and bitter. :p

LOL

+1 (well probably more than that but then we'll get into an age P!ssing contest)

I know, who is the oldest Geek here?

:)

JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2014 at 13:30

Hahaha

Something else:
take the Sony Z1! Millllllllllllions pumped into R&D - a lot into that huge state of the art screen. What do Sony do? What do they do? They weld a 10c plastic sheet onto the screen. A sheet that would attract dirt in a surgical clean room. A sheet that makes everything look dull. There! But they can claim it has xxxxxxxx this and yyyyyy that. Looks cr*p once out of the box and used for, um, 10 seconds. But hey...

TJ Skywasher  May. 15, 2014 at 16:48

I don't see any benefit whatsoever. I think 1080P is a waste on a phone, 720P does just fine on a small screen. When you're talking about ultra high resolutions they're better off reserved for a larger screen such as a TV. A lot of mobile devices now have higher resolutions than HDTV's and for what purpose?

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