When the first VGA PocketPC’s hit the market 2004, they dethroned Palm’s HiRes+(320×480) screen systems from the crown of highest resolution in a PDA. I was impressed by the quality of the displays and the amount of data on-screen when I saw such a handheld a few months ago(HTC Universal)…but nevertheless, our local electronics store didn’t have any VGA PocketPC. Brighthand users currently discuss the lack of VGA PocketPC’s – and indeed, the lack of VGA displays is appalling.
Yes, VGA is cool – but there is one critical flaw with increasing display resolution:
Human eyes are limited when it comes to seeing small objects
Look at the image below:
It shows a more-less 1:2(your screen shows the text about two times as big as the Treo) image of a HiRes(320×320) screen showing text in the smallest font possible. While the text may be somewhat readable on your screen, trust me that a dirty little TFT on a PDA will affect readability adversely:
Now, that VGA PocketPC has text that’s 50% smaller than the already small text above – that goes beyond the vision limit of the average user. Both Microsoft and PalmSource kept their big default fonts when they upgraded their screen resolutions…and did so for a good reason. The average user will not benefit much from VGA, so why force him to pay extra?
To cut a long story short, VGA PocketPC’s rock(I would love one)…for us. But the average user doesn’t benefit much from VGA – and since companies tend to target average users rather than freaks, VGA will probably stay a rare feature for the time to come…