The Best Buy test that I observed used the New York Times
in portrait mode—I specifically asked them to test that as I read it regularly. Most customers and even the Best Buy sales people could *not*
tell the difference between a Retina and non-Retina iPad!
This is hardly the difference between a horse-and-buggy and the automobile. That analogy might be apt if the change had been from the old 16-pound “portable” Kaypro word processor to today’s iPad—but that’s *not*
what we’re comparing!
Certainly, many people could never go back to using a non-retina screen—but that doesn't mean that *everyone*
or even *most*
people see that great a difference in the screens. The question then, is why? I can think of three reasons.
- The size of the screen.
- How close people hold the screen to their eyeballs.
- To borrow a phrase from Jane Austen, differences in visual sense--and sensibilities.