Originally Posted by tpi2007
So, if you can still make them out, it means that more people will also be in the same position. And that means there is still room for improvement. It will, of course use more power, but specialized decoding hardware will make that almost negligible over the years. Plus, you can just drag and drop most videos on the net onto it, without any encoding. Re-encoding takes up more time and energy than just decoding, and it will save people time and a little on the electrical bill.
Maybe you missed my point, I can't make them out unless I put the phone within inches (less than 3") of my eyes. I just did it and right now I can't even see the pixels before my eyes can't focus. And I don't just mean make out the pixels, I can't see any jagged edges, and curves that don't look curved, etc.
And no matter what 'specialized decoding hardware' comes out, a larger resolution will take more processing power and battery juice to run. I don't think this is some worthless technology but anything past where the iPhone 4 is now is completely pointless. Once you can't see the pixels at a normal distance (obviously depends on the application) any improvement is worthless. If I have a big screen TV that is twice the density of a 1080p TV, it would be completely worthless (as a TV) since I sit 10'+ away. I can't make out and pixelation on the 1080p, why would I want more pixels?