The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Posted Aug 2, 2012 20:20 UTC (Thu) by khim
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On top of those <sarcasm>minor improvements</sarcasm> you also have in general better resolutions,
I had 21" CRT monitor which was quite usable in 1600x1200 @100Hz mode (and maximum resolution was 1800x1440 @73Hz, thank you very much) back in 2000 (ViewSonic P810, to be exact). When LCDs with comparable resolution arrived?
better refresh rates (less eye strain)
Today… may be. but even today most LCDs still use 60Hz - and I had 100Hz twelve years ago! Avid games preferred CRT for years for that reason. Yes, 200Hz and 240Hz are becoming mainstream (mostly for 3D), but this happened years after death of CRT!
better color reproduction
Nope. Still not there. Best of the best come close to what CRT offered ten years ago for cheap. And still fail for darker scenes.
digital image transfer
Try again, please. CRT had digital image transfer three decades ago (and modern CRTs had modern interfaces like DVI, too).
In fact about the only area where CRTs were even better than LCDs was the ability to do multiple resolutions (only the best CRTs can still compete) and better blacks.
No, the only advantage LCD had was space saving. This is significant (rent is quite substantial item of expenses in any office and home space is also not limitless) but everything else, literally everything else was worse when CRT went to the dustbin of history.
Years later LCD got most advantages back—yet even today it's still worse by some measures.
LCD's displaced CRTs because they were better in almost every aspect
Sorry, but this is revisionism. You are comparing today's LCD models with years old CRTs. And even in this comparison CRT often comes first! If you'll compare contemporary models from ten years ago (when LCD started pushing CRTs) you'll find out that virtually everything was worse on LCD - with only two exceptions: geometrical size and power consumption. And this was critical for success.
Similarly today general purpose tablets give you one—yet critical feature: support for color movies (you can count this advantage as two if you wish).
as soon as prices came within reason they began to dominate almost immediately
Right. And they did that long before LCDs achieved parity (let alone superiority!) in many aspects! All the “advantages” you cite above as a reason to buy LCD were in fact reasons to prefer CRT! And a lot of peoples did! Just not enough to keep CRTs around. When CRT was finally dead LCDs continued to develop and years later they finally achieved more-or-less parity.
eInk has serious advantages for a specific market segment and as speculated by others if they get the price down to where the things are damn near disposable you will see them everywhere.
Except they can't ultimately LCD and eInk have comparable production costs (comparable, not identical: yes, eInk is simpler, but this difference is constant, it does not change over time). And when they'll loose economy of scale battle (they are more-or-less there already) eInk will be dead.
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