The LG G3 has been out in the wild for a few weeks now and the excitement within the tech community is just now starting to simmer. With reviews coming in all over the net, we're getting the bigger picture of what life is like with the LG G3, and it's very impressive to say the least. There is one feature in particular that is new with the LG G3 and that's the touted "Quad HD" display. The G3 sports a 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 display. For those unfamiliar, this resolution has been called many names including 2K, a reference to a halved version of the emerging 4K display technology appearing on most TV's. With such a high resolution display packed into a 5.5 inch form factor, the G3's display has an impressive 538 pixels per inch. What that means for consumers is a crisp, vibrant display that text and pictures will look absolutely stunning on. Taking all of this into account, there is a question that must be asked: can you really tell? Take the Samsung Galaxy S5 for example. The S5 has a 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display coming in at 441 pixels per inch. The G3 is clearly the winner here in terms of screen quality and sharpness right? Well, not exactly.
The difference between 538 and 441 pixels per inch is substantial in numbers but no so much in quality. If you were to place both devices in front of a consumer and ask them to discern which has the better display, that consumer may be hard pressed to decide between one or another. This is because the human eye cannot discern pixels from certain distances past around 300 pixels per inch. A fact that the late Steve Jobs touted when premiering the 2010 flagship for Apple, the iPhone 4. One may ask themselves, "well then why am I able to see such a difference between 1080p displays and 4K displays?" The reason for this is because 4K display technology boasts resolutions that are 4x that of 1080p displays. So the consumer is able to see more detail, more information on the screen but not necessarily any clearer than with a 1080p display. The same is true for "Quad HD" displays when compared to the standard 1080p displays on smartphones. There is a definite increase in the detail of images displayed on a Quad HD display but none the more clearer.
At the end of the day, the LG G3 is the current leader in the spec war as far as displays are concerned. The stats on paper put the G3 in league of its own. However, the future has yet to show us how these new display technologies will affect our overall experience with our devices. For many, the smartphone industry is all about the specs and stats on paper. For others it's about the ecosystem in which you get involved in. For the rest of us, it's about the experience of hardware and software coming together for the consumer. Which camp are you in? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.