Thanks for the pictures!
Here are the test conditions:
Comparing a M1300 non-ViewAnywhere tablet vs. a M1400 ViewAnywhere. Both units set at the same desktop resolution and set at maxiumum screen brightness (ambient light sensor on the M1400 is turned off.)
All photos taken without flash.
The non-VA 1300 has a screen protector from Strong Engineering installed on it, but this has no effect on brightness or viewing angle. The VA 1400 has no screen protector at all.
Photographer used was sober, but just barely.
Okay, the first set are inside under normal interior lighting, with Tablets set in portrait mode. As you can see in the third photo, the VA viewing angle remains well-visible no matter how you look at it, while the Non-VA ghosts at the extreme right angle.
Here the tablets are rotated into portrait. The Non-VA fares better, but the VA is consistently bright and visible no matter what the angle.
Now we move outside into the bright, Florida sun. Here the sun shines directly on the faces of the units. The non-VA unit is virtually useless, with only marginal improvement in the VA. The VA unit is usable, but you still have to squint. These photos are accurate to what I was seeing "in real life."
The next three shots position the sun BEHIND the tablets. It was not easy positioning the sun, either, because it's pretty hot and really heavy, but I was so dedicated to this experiment I trudged through.
Anyway, there is an improvement with the VA. Not much though, but it is still more visible than the -- again -- useless Non-VA model.
Here is a shot of the units in portrait mode, with direct sunlight on them (sun shining on faces.) The VA model is usable, the non-VA is washed out completely.
This final shot is of the two units outdoors, but in shade. The non-VA unit is usable, but the VA unit is much moreso.
That all being said, for outdoor use the visibility on the M1400VA is not THAT much improved, making it only somewhat passable as an outdoor unit. I really am underwhelmed with its outdoor performance. However, the non-VA unit is completely useless outdoors unless under heavy shade, potential buyers will want to weigh that.
Indoors, the VA is clearly superior, even though the image is not "brighter" than the non-VA. It simply works better at any angle. However, the VA unit has a glass screen while the non-VA unit uses a polymer screen, which raises some tradeoffs: the VA unit is much more prone to fingerprinting and reflective glare. But a screen protector from Strong Engineering should even out the score on those two problems.
Thanks for the pictures!
Great comparison. Thanks so much for taking the time.
Thanks for those great pics. Does anyone know how a M1400 VA compares with a non-VA? I'm looking into buying an M1400 and debating as to whether the VA is worth it or not. From what I've read, the standard display is supposed to be an improvement over M1300.
Great post. Does the strong engineering protector change anything about how the VA display looks? There aren't any rings when you have it on are there?
The VA really doesn't photograph well unless you're close up. This photo is more of a real world VA view. when I am outside, this is representative of what I see.
Awesome photos by the way.
Yes, Trev's picture is a bit more accurate. Dark, but still usable.
The Strong screen protector does NOTHING to the display visibility. No moire patterns, no shading, no additional reflection. On a glass screen, it will cut DOWN reflection, if anything. I'm really happy with them, except for the little ridge of visible glue around the edge, but that's how it affixes, so....
Nicely done. Great comparison.
Not a viewing question as such, but does the VA technology impact the battery life at all, do we know?
bump, for the recent interest