With all the (incessant) hoopla about the new iPad, the one comparison that keeps popping up is that it's 2048x1536 resolution is "greater than an HDTV!" or "1 million more pixels than your TV!"
Not only is this irrelevant, and a senseless comparison, it has no bearing on the future of HDTVs, as some have implied.
Nearly all modern HDTVs have 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, as in roughly 2 million little squares that make up the image. This standard, one that's been with us since the beginning of HD back in the '90s, is found in HDTV broadcasts (in 1080i form), pretty much all Blu-rays (in 1080p form), and even some download services like VUDU and now even iTunes.
Up to this point, most tablets maxed out at around 720p (1280x720), like the 1280x800 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, or slightly less like the 1024x768 old iPad/iPad 2. The forthcoming 1920x1200 Asus TF700T is one notable exception.
Apple's own marketing is misleading. You don't see "more" of a picture, as this image implies. The picture is just sharper, if you hold the iPad close enough.
The new iPad's 2048x1536 is certainly neat, but the comparison to HDTV resolution is either lazy ... [Read more]