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hakr100

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 1, 2011
967
113
East Coast
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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iRepairParts

macrumors regular
Oct 6, 2012
170
3
California
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:

More contrast between the apps and background makes for better viewing IMO. I guess it all boils down to personal preference though! :)
 

hakr100

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Mar 1, 2011
967
113
East Coast
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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