Originally Posted by DaFace
I guess that's my point. My 40" 720p HDTV looks great to me, so the idea of having that kind of resolution on a 10" tablet just seems pointless. It's an accomplishment for sure, but does it really matter?
Sure it matters. The clarity is obvious when side by side, like the image posted above. For things like maps, X-rays, technical drawings and such, the ability to zoom in indefinitely without losing quality can be very useful. It provides a huge increase is contrast and clarity. Color depth is greatly improved. Viewing angle is increased considerably. It also improves the accuracy of where you're tapping on the screen.
It also makes things much easier for developers. They can create vector-based apps that can be stretched or shrunk or rotated to fit any iOS device or screen with absolutely no difference in quality. So developers can create a single app that will look perfect regardless of screen size or device type.
Android's method for handling this situation is ridiculously more complex and requires much more work: http://developer.android.com/guide/p...s_support.html