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

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 18:15:26 CEST 2008

2008/6/9 The Rasterman Carsten Haitzler <raster at openmoko.org>:
> an 80x24 terminal is possible to make it readable @ qvga - if we allow
> scrolling. (and possible in landscape with an ultra-tiny 4-pixel wide font -
> possible (3 pixels for text, 1 for space). not very nice though.

That is unusable. I'm sorry, I will not force myself to use that. I
will buy something else. Using the terminal on a remote machine with a
4 pixels font is possibile like it is possible to eat cockroaches for
lunch everyday. There are some 'can get by' that I will not force
myself to get by with.

> at some point someone will have to make a call on resolutions. maybe we make a
> much smaller phone with a smaller screen and thus you will need to have fewer
> pixels anyway? who knows. but if there are uses that cannot be somehow crammed
> into qvga, i would like to know.
> right now freerunner is vga - and nothing will change.
> gta03 is also vga - it is theoretically possible to change without much impact,
> but chances of a change are very slim, unless qvga is a "that's fine for
> everyone" ANd product management want to push it. right now they don't push one
> way or another.
> as for future phones - who knows. but knowing what you guys do, want to do, and
> need is important. so we need to think of more virtual framebuffer technology?
> (eg advertise a higher res but scale down with a compositor?). is high-res an
> absolute must for functionality for your uses, or just a "nice to have" to show
> off with?

High res in very important for me. If I were to buy a phone without a
high-res screen, it may as well not even have a screen. My home phone
does not have a screen and as a phone I have no problem with it.
However, it is good for nothing other than making phone calls. That is
fine because in the house I have other devices that perform the
functions that I need. My portable device, on the other hand, must be
capable of more, much more, and everything that is not audio (ie,
voice calls or music) requires the use of the screen. Do not skim on
that most important of interface devices.

Dotan Cohen


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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