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: