Many of us that's been using the VaelPak series of ROMs have been lucky enough to use the developer Vaelek's Hi-Res addon. It's absolutely awesome. Things look so much crisper and overall just nicer. You also get to fit a lot more in the screen which is helpful for things like web browsing. WELL... he's finally got an actual app in the market as of about 20 minutes ago that'll let you toggle between standard res and hi-res! You MUST be rooted though. I must note that there are SOME apps that may not play nice. They'll work, but for some apps the resolution wont change and it'll look really small in the screen. Engadget is one of these apps. It's not that big of a deal for me personally simply because the good FAR outweighs the slight annoyance of having only some apps not size up right.. Anyway, scan the QR below and it'll take you right to the app. The app is $.99 and worth every penny. This should work for all ROMs. HOWEVER, there's been a few reports of it not working with rooted stock 2.2's
Our First Application! ResToggle, experience your phone in Hi-Res today! | Android World
Disclaimer As ALL things root, I am NOT nor is Vaelek (the developer) responsible for anything that may happen to your phone. This app has been vigorously tested and no problems have been found. However, as with everything that involves root, the risk in yours. Any problems email the developer immediately. I'm sure those using VaelPak ROMs will agree that Vaelek is VERY good at helping people with issues. If you are having issues, WAIT until you get a response from Vaelek before you start dishing out low ratings...
EDIT: Version 1.1 just released. A few new features. First one is the ability to set your own density value. The original value is saved. Another new feature is a restore option where it'll reboot and restore the phone to the original value. Then there's the last new feature. Remote automatic restore and reboot. Basically if you ever go crazy and set the density so low that you can't read anything (more of an issue with smaller screens) all you have to do is just text your phone restoggle:reset and when your phone gets the text, it'll restore the original density value and reboot the phone. You'll never have to worry about anything... Here's a quick video demonstration:
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I can't do it Jersey I got the EVO with the large screen because I can't see small print any more with my old tired eyes. I tried it but I don't like the smaller print. It does make the screen look crisp and clean.
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Just posted by the developer on XDA explaining what the Hi-res does..
Vaelek: Also for those wondering exactly what the density is and what ResToggle really does, since the resolution does not change... The density is changed from 240 to 200, lowering 1 dip from 1.5 pixels to 1.25 pixels. Making the effective resolution go from 480x800 to 600x1000.
I also just found this on Wikepedia, which makes me wonder why HTC sets it to 240. This would suggest that the true native resolution of the EVO is 540x920 if I'm doing my math right.
"Unlike many other smartphones in the consumer market, the Evo has a large 4.3-inches (480-by-800) TFT LCD capacitive touch screen display with a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch (ppi)."
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However, you don't have to use each pixel in a 1:1 ratio to the native resolution of what it's displaying, which is where he mentions "dpi" (I put it in quotes because dots per inch is not a term that should be used for displays, only printers. Pixels per inch is the proper term). You can use more than one display pixel to represent a dot in something fixed like a photo. That's basically what you're doing if you zoom in on a photo: you take one dot from that photo and use, say, 9 display dots to represent it. That's effectively enlarging the photo 3 times which is now why you can only see part of it on the screen.
For the Evo, they chose the 240 number because that's a good size for reading text most likely. But they could have chose any number, really. They could have a "far-sighted" mode and set it to 320.
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DIP = device independent pixel. On an evo, at the default density of 240, 1 dip = 1.5 pixels. So every app is effectively being artificially scaled up by 50%. DIP was created to allow an app to be written for one screen size, and have it show up exactly the same on all devices.
If an app layout was created with absolute positioning to be exactly 480x800, on a stock evo, it would not fit on the screen.
Based on this, the "crispness" is not an illusion, and things are not simply made smaller, they are made 50% closer to the native 1:1 size.
This is not the equivalent to watching a movie from further away. A better analogy, is that the default "resolution" is the equivalent of watching a movie with your face six inches from the monitor.
Just a quick added note, I should be pushing out 1.1 this weekend, which will support custom densities, as well as storing your original default setting for restoring should you not remember what it was. "Standard" is only known to be the factory default for EVOs. This new version should bring wider support for more devices.
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