Best screen color/combo for outdoor viewing...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by hakr100, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

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    In all the years I've been using "smartphones," and that includes several from Apple and several from other vendors, I've yet to come across one whose screen was usable outdoors in bright light. My latest, an iPhone5, is no different.

    So I've been experimenting with wallpapers in an effort to determine which are "the best" for outdoor visibility. I've probably tried 100 different colors and textures, and I keep coming back to...basic black. I don't know why, but a black screen background seems to make the icons and the icon titles pop a little more. It's still not what I would call good, but at least I can see the icons under some circumstances in strong outdoor light.

    I don't know why this issue hasn't been addressed by the phone manufacturers. I have electronic gear on my boat out in strong sunshine, and the manufacturers there have come up with the ability to produce readable screens, including readable screens on gear with list prices a lot lower than that of an iPhone.

    What's your experience with this?

    Here's my current setup:
     

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  2. iRepairParts macrumors regular

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    More contrast between the apps and background makes for better viewing IMO. I guess it all boils down to personal preference though! :)
     
  3. hakr100 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    White letters reversed out of a black background are easy to read, but I really wonder sometimes why these phone makers don't use screens that are easy to read in direct sunlight. Buying one of these phones at an unsubsidized rate is not a cheap proposition. The screens are available, but not used.
     

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