Stab in the eye


The iPad display is so good that it shows, like no device before it, just how crummy most images on the web are.

For those that didn’t know already, let this serve as fair warning: mobile network operators that transcode (downgrade) images “to enhance the user experience” are going to look even more ridiculous on the resolutionary display of the new iPad. If an average website image looks crummy, just imagine how outrageously poor an image that’s been actively downsampled is going to look.

I find it deeply objectionable that we can pay for a service only to have that service actively downgraded – with no option to opt-out – all in the name of “improving the experience”. Network operators: it’s time to stop this mess. Ship the bits and stop being dicks.

See also Vodafone UK is abusing its position.

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