Back when I first reported on the One Laptop Per Child dual mode display details, I quoted Mary Lou Jepsen saying:
What I came up with: a dual-mode display. Mode 1 is 800x600 (or higherâ€”even 1024x768 looks surprisingly good!) color backlit with 1W MAX power consumption. Mode 2 is high resolution 1200x900 black and white reflective sunlight readable with 0.2W MAX power consumption. Mode 2 is also room light readable with the backlight off at again 0.2W power consumption.While that's informative, it didn't really convey the OLPC visual difference. But looking through my OLPC XO Flickr photo pool, I've found a great example for the full effect of the OLPC screen resolution; way more website landscape.
Take a look at the two images to the right. As you can plainly see, the OLPC XO's resolution easily outperforms the Classmate PC screen. In fact, I am shocked that Intel can even consider that view acceptable. Both on the horizontal and vertical planes, the Classmate is limiting to the viewer and the web designer. Add in all the Microsoft screen wasting bars and logos and you can't see much of OLPC News' 890 pixel-wide content.
The Children's Machine XO not only displays the full website horizontally, it also gives a sizeable vertical ratio that allows the user to read more than a few lines before scrolling down. And that's before we even talk about full daylight screen readability.
Like I've said before, the OLPC dual mode screen is revolutionary and the overall OLPC XO technology is clock-stopping hot.