Watch this movie first: it compares what you see with a smartphone display of 720p and another with 1080p.
I am not sure the difference is that significant. So, if you have bought a phone with 1080p, it is possible you have wasted money because the value derivable is not there. But we do it because it makes us look advanced and trendy. In the process, we waste money. This is the fact: a human eye has a maximum possible resolution it can handle. Most times, what we buy are beyond that natural capacity.
Now, read this piece from Fortune Newsletter.
In TV land, where we sit a few feet away from a screen that may be four or five feet across, the difference is often discernible. But on your tiny phone screen? Pretty tough to choose, don’t you think?
And that’s why the kerfuffle about Verizon’s decision this week to downgrade HD videos for its mobile phone customers from 1080p to 720p is probably getting way too much attention. (Tablet users still get 1080p.) AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have been downgrading video even more significantly for many of their unlimited data plan customers—from HD all the way down to DVD-quality 480p, a resolution with only about 350,000 pixels. And all three have reported that customers can’t tell the difference or don’t much care.
So, next time you go shopping, please do not waste money on that 1080p phone display. It does not add much value in the user experience.