The 4K Mobile Myth

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I am really starting to get tired of all this 4K hype, and even more tired of people demanding 4K phones and tablets like it would accomplish anything more than draining the battery like a Nachzehrer sucking a soul slurpee.

Every time I read/hear about somebody saying that 4K is the next big thing in tablets and mobile, or that the new 4K tablets are going to be so gorgeous and high resolution... well, I'm all like:

Slap Bet 

For serious. Anybody who actually believes that a 4K tablet will benefit them in any way does not understand the basics of display technology and have been boondoggled by the industry (Along with thousands of others).

4K resolution is great for large displays, and by large, I mean 50" and bigger. Even at 50" you're still not going to get the full effect of 4K. I've heard people say how clear it is with their faces hanging 2" from the screen. Yeah, because that's the standard viewing distance and exactly what you need for your living room, a TV you can watch from 2" away.

If I put a 4K, 1080 and 720 10" screen side by side with the same source, you couldn't tell the difference, and if you say you can, well, I'm going to Stinson you like the image above. People having been falling for the HD myth for years and now it's happening again with 4K and driving me nuts (Again).

We've been through this before, and to show you that I'm right, here's a wonderful quote from an article at the LA Times that was posted back in 2010.

"To see 1,080 vertical lines of resolution you need at least a TV of about 46 inches to fully see it," said Gary Merson, editor of "At 26 inches, forget it, you won't tell the difference."

This quote is as accurate today as it was back then, even more so with the higher 4K resolution. So there you have it. Don't waste your money and don't get sucked into the 4K Tablet Myth. Run sheeple, run like the wind, the wolves are here. 

So if you're walking down the street showing off and bragging about your new 4K tablet to your buddies, beware the Stinson Slap approaching from behind.

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Kray Mitchell hails from Calgary, Alberta, and is an educator at heart. Through speaking, workshops, consulting and training, he aims to assist people with understanding the technology that affects their day to day lives.
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