Flatland_Spider wrote:The Android fonts are also designed with the deficiencies of LCDs taken into account. It's not so much font smoothing as manipulation of the shape and kerning of the fonts that make them look good.
That's true, and it's even more true of Windows fonts like Verdana and Tahoma, which were designed specifically for screen rendering when 80 ppi CRTs were common. However, nothing can smooth out diagonal lines (V, M, W, 7, etc.) except subpixel rendering, and exact kerning of small fonts isn't possible without it, either.