Size Matters – Screen Resolutions that is.

In the old days, before the explosion of mobile devices, we didn’t have to worry about screen size that much. Nope, in those days, most humans had monitors that were typically about 800×600 pixels and possibly 1024×768 pixels. Designing an application or web page in those days meant that if you kept to those confines, you’d be ok. These days, that’s not really the case anymore.

I can hardly keep all the numbers in my head anymore, and recently I decided to plot out in a image the various sizes of the devices I will probably need to target at some point. I’ve also grown weary of constantly searching the internet for these numbers.

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The behemoth in the image is the New iPad, weighing in at a whopping 2048×1536 pixels; all in a compact, under 9″ form factor. The next thing down the list that comes anywhere close to the New iPad is our now common 1080p HD TV format, which comes in at 1920×1080 pixels. Moveing down the scale quite a bit we happen upon the upcoming generation of Android Phones, tablets, and other Apple products. The image gets a bit more crowded at this range. For fun, I threw in at the bottom right of the image the 1983 Apple IIe computer, which sported an awe inspiring 40×40 pixel low-res mode, and a 280×192 pixel hi-res mode. Think about the numbers for a moment; today, a typical desktop icon ranges from 32×32 to 128×128 pixels in size, how’s that for advances in technology!

Feel free to suggest anything I might have missed, in the meantime, enjoy the image and thanks for visiting.