High-pixel density in your hand

Incredible high-resolution screens are no longer the stuff of top-of-the-line desktop monitors. After a few notable tablets launched this year, supersharp screens quickly became the norm for handheld devices. And it will only get better.

CNET's Dan Ackerman compares the Retina Display on a new iPad to an older screen.

From the debut of the Retina Display on the iPad in March to the 10-inch Nexus 10's screen, sporting a resolution so high it was previously only seen on 30-inch monitors, 2012 marked the year that tablets got serious about their screen quality.

Amazon, Asus, and Barnes & Noble also brought impressive tablet screens to the mainstream and enthusiast alike, giving everyone a chance to experience high pixel density; now there's no going back. Any tablet manufacturer worth its weight in pixels will be forced to heavily consider a high-resolution screen if it hopes to succeed in 2013 -- or at least offer a significant discount for what will soon be considered a subpar visual experience.

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