TUAW reports today on the findings of Dr. Raymond M. Soneira from DisplayMate Technologies, who has analysed the performance of the iPad 2's display, and found that it performs almost as well as the iPhone 4â€™s Retina display. Dr. Soneira compared the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2, analysing such factors as brightness, black levels, contrast ratio and viewing angles, and he found that in most aspects, the iPad 2â€™s display produced similar results to the iPhone 4â€™s Retina display, with both being unsurprisingly better than the iPhone 3GS.
Dr. Soneira says that even though the iPhone 4â€™s 326 ppi is superior to the iPad 2â€™s 132 ppi, the pixel density on the Retina display is â€œoverkillâ€, and he also adds that the iPad 2â€™s display shortcomings, such as its anti-aliasing performance, can be easily fixed with software. Indeed, TUAW points out that developers such as Firemint and Chair have already managed to get a better graphical performance out of their games on the iPad 2 despite the iPad 2â€™s display resolution being the same as the original iPad. TUAW puts this down to the extra RAM and the extra processing power of the iPad 2.
Source: iLounge: Analysis of iPad 2 display shows performance similar to iPhone 4