QVGA V/s VGA for GTA03 (was something about yummy CPU-GPU combos!)

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at computer.org
Fri Jun 6 09:09:55 CEST 2008

IMHO, reducing any Openmoko device to QVGA will be the end of the  
Openmoko project. And I have business reasons to wish that OM  

There are plenty of QVGA designs out there and I even have an offer  
and a sample of a Linux smartphone at half the price of the OM. It  
works, has 90g, Quadband, and an integrated stylus. But QVGA. This  
makes the difference.

I have shown a QVGA Acer n30 and the VGA Neo on FOSDEM and LinuxTag to  
the public. Everybody considered the VGA as better although the Acer  
is approx. 30% faster (because it has less rendering to do).

So, where would be the uniqueness of OM devices? The average mass  
market customer doesn't care about full openness.

Please consider basic rules of marketing. And, consider purchasing a  
Device Feature Roadmap from Strategy Analytics (they are really good)  
and ask what the percentage prediction for VGA vs. QVGA is for 2009.  
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Am 05.06.2008 um 14:32 schrieb rakshat hooja:

> quick question - would you prefer a qvga lcd (save a bit of cost)  
> since we'e
> going to need to software-drive all graphics - the fewer pixels you  
> have to
> fill, the better for speed. i'm really tossing up if the speed of  
> qvga is worth
> the loss of resolution. i'm just not sure.
> I have a Sharp 903 with qvga, 2.4 inch, Nokia N95 with qvga, 2.4  
> inch and the Neo 1973 with VGA, 2.8 inch. By far the best screen for  
> reading is the Sharp one. On closer examination you can see pixels  
> which you dont on the Neo but the display just feels better, crisper  
> and better on the eyes. When you view higher res photos the Neo  
> display seems better but not by much. The N95 is also good when you  
> look at it on its own and one has no problems reading anything but  
> when kept next to the Neo 1973 and Sharp 903 one can tell the  
> display is not in the same league. (the Sharp is also visible in the  
> sun though I dont think its trans-reflective)
> The point I am trying to make is that the quality of LCM being used  
> matters as much as qvga or vga. Qvga is sufficient for almost all  
> needs on a mobile phone size device and would be great if it  
> provides cost and speed improvements. But it has to be a really good  
> quality QVGA.
> Personally I love the resolution and form factor of the PSP Slim LCM  
> and would love to see something similar on GTA0X.
> Rakshat
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