I know what you mean, that gorgeous display was also the main reason I fell in love with the iPad 3 almost a year ago. But 1280x800 is pretty sharp too on a 7" screen: it has 216 ppi vs. the iPad Mini's 163, or even the iPad 2's 132, just to put things in relation. But yes, it certainly makes a difference even on a seven-incher if you watch a film in 720p or 1080p.
I don't watch films on my tablet, I use it almost exclusively for browsing, so that may be why I'll have no great problem with that resolution. There is that one thing, battery life. I always thought, the sharper the better, but resolution is really a huge battery killer. I have a 4.3" phone with 1280x720, I like just how sharp it is, but today I feel it's just a bit overkill and I wish I could have a bit less resolution in exchange for better stamina. It has come to the point where I can't spot pixels anymore even with my eye directly on the display, and after some reflecting I came to the conclusion that I don't really need it to be that much.
Edited by DrStrangelove at 02:51:51 12-02-2013