Display Technologies, Part 2: Mobile Display Decision Making

The mobile display landscape is where the shift in the importance of screen quality can be seen most drastically. Consumers use these tiny computers daily if not hourly or more per day and with the advent of the iPhone 4, display technology, resolution, and size have come to the forefront of the consumer mindset. Consumers should care about whether they can read small text on their mobile displays if in fact they can to read with them. The decision on mobile device is based on priority and Apple led the pack by setting an amazing display in front of their well-known and well-liked iOS to cloud the waters of consumer judgement. The rest of the industry has been playing the comparison game ever since, attempting to bring their other technologies into the limelight.

In the first part of this series titled, Display technologies can make or break consumer electronics, we discussed the technologies of displays in general, including LCD, OLED, and E-Ink to name a few. These three are the key players and the basis for the majority of screens in the world but present the only players in the mobile space due to their portable thickness and ability to conform to multiple different screen sizes and resolutions. These three technologies have been altered to come up with some of the better options in the marketplace today, but they are the basis still for the IPS and AMOLED technologies on which the market has placed utmost importance. No judgement will be passed as to which display technology is the best or worst because in the end the decision lies with the consumer and their priorities surrounding their uses for their mobile devices.

The mobile space is currently divided in what are the acceptable sizes of mobile devices. The available screen sizes range from 3.5 inches to 5 inches for mobile phones and 6 inches to 10 inches on e-Readers and tablet computers. There is also a difference in the pixels per inch (ppi) housed within these screens, with Apple leading the pack by reporting a record number at 326ppi. Apple has commented that this is a magic” number; the number at which the human eye can no longer differentiate between individual pixels. As such, reading text and seeing details within pictures and video is done with ease with Apple’s coined, Retina Display.” Using calculators readily available online, the general consumer can now check the pixel density count on any phone by entering in the screen dimensions and the recorded resolution. Yet another way to compare a mobile device and yet another way that it is merely the user’s priorities that should make the decision, not the numbers themselves.

Focusing more on mobile phones, consumers must now make a number of difficult and unclear decisions as to what phone technologies they want: screen size, screen resolution, and pixel density. The majority of the general consumer population will make decisions based on OS and user interface instead, but the fact that well read consumers will have there choices further obfuscated is a difficulty with which few can sympathize. It all comes down to priority since a fair majority of sources in the industry have rendered the fact that OLED and LCD have similar trade-offs. Reading? Research pixel density and resolution. Watching video? See resolution and video specific features, such as black levels. In the end, it comes down to what the consumer needs most and if the consumer can make that decision, they have made the hardest one yet.

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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.