How does Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc Reality Display compare to Iphone’s Retina Display

First things first, the name Reality Display already sounds better then Retina Display.  Thankfully Apple’s weird idea of naming their screens after eyeball parts didn’t take off, otherwise we might have heard Sony call this their “Cornea Display”.  Now that we have that cleared up, Sony definitely has merit in boasting about their new screen name since it uses the same Bravia engine that is used in their TV’s to enhance image colors and detail.

Spec-wise, the Xperia Arc’s Reality Display sizes up to a nice 854 x 480 resolution on a 4.2 inch screen.  While the iPhone 4 is at 960 x 640 on a smaller 3.5 inch screen.  While Apple still has a higher resolution, the quality is very comparable unless your nose is pressed firmly against the screen, or you like looking at your phone with a magnifying glass.  Hit the jump to see a close-up macro shot of the Xperia Arc Reality Display, as well as a comparison to the Droid X, which has the same resolution, but a slightly larger 4.3″ screen.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Reality Display Macro Shot:

Motorola Droid X vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc:

[via engadget]

  • Howard Ha

    I love Android phones but the Retina display’s 960×640 resolution is easily discernible as superior to all the other Android screens I’ve seen when reading smaller text. I’d love to get a hands on to see whether the Reality Display can offset that with its lower dpi but I’m pretty skeptical.

    PS. I started off scoffing at the higher resolution Retina display too, but now I recognize even though you don’t want to read tiny text for long periods of time, having it show up as sharp as it does on the Retina display has serious useability benefits.