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

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at openmoko.org
Tue Jun 10 02:54:41 CEST 2008

On Mon, 9 Jun 2008 18:15:26 +0200 "Dotan Cohen" <dotancohen at gmail.com> babbled:

> 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.

have you done it? have you tried it? i have. it works ok. not beautiful - but
definitely functional.

> > 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
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