Eyestrain using Pixel 3?

ultravegeta1981

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Can anyone who had eyestrain from the iphone X or Xs tell me if you have eyestrain from your pixel 3?
 
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If I’m not mistaken, the Pixel 3 uses a screen from LG. The iPhone X and XS use screens from Samsung. I’m curious about this as well.
 

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I think this is a common problem with all OLED screens. They use pulse width modulation to regulate screen brightness but at a very low frequency (compared to LCD screens that use PWM). Some people are very sensitive to this
 

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I picked up a Pixel 3 (non-XL) for testing. So far no eye strain but I've only had it for a day. Going to test it out for a week to see how it goes.
I picked up a Pixel 3 (non-XL) for testing. So far no eye strain but I've only had it for a day. Going to test it out for a week to see how it goes.
Thanks and please let us know your findings.
 

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Thanks and please let us know your findings.
First day was great, no issues at all. Second day gave me a eye strain and a bad headache so I stopped using it. I was hoping with the screen being made by LG I could tolerate it. One thing I noticed is that OLED screens have a lot of reflection/glare compared to a LCD screen so I’m wondering if that also plays into it. Unfortunately I can’t keep using a device that gives me a headache so I’m not going to test any more.
 

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First day was great, no issues at all. Second day gave me a eye strain and a bad headache so I stopped using it. I was hoping with the screen being made by LG I could tolerate it. One thing I noticed is that OLED screens have a lot of reflection/glare compared to a LCD screen so I’m wondering if that also plays into it. Unfortunately I can’t keep using a device that gives me a headache so I’m not going to test any more.

Thanks for the reply and what a shame. Guess next big thing in display technology is PWM free OLED.
 

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Thanks for the reply and what a shame. Guess next big thing in display technology is PWM free OLED.
No worries, wish I had better news. Keep in mind before purchase I spent probably 30ish minutes in a store test driving the device. Unfortunately in this case it wasn’t enough time for me. I’m definitely hoping that we see PWM free going forward, but I’m not sure if that’s a limitation of OLED or not.
 
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First day was great, no issues at all. Second day gave me a eye strain and a bad headache so I stopped using it. I was hoping with the screen being made by LG I could tolerate it. One thing I noticed is that OLED screens have a lot of reflection/glare compared to a LCD screen so I’m wondering if that also plays into it. Unfortunately I can’t keep using a device that gives me a headache so I’m not going to test any more.
Wow. I had hoped this problem was limited to Apple’s weird power management. I can use a S9+ OLED after all but get really sick on the iPhone OLED displays.

I’m so sorry it did not work out for you.
 

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Wow. I had hoped this problem was limited to Apple’s weird power management. I can use a S9+ OLED after all but get really sick on the iPhone OLED displays.

I’m so sorry it did not work out for you.
That’s what’s odd, I used a S9 for 5-10 minutes and had zero issue. So I thought that I could use OLED screens. Jumped into this phone with excitement and the second day it hit me hard. The first night was mostly using it when it was dark, the second day it was bright out and a lot of reflections/glare. So I don’t know if it’s an issue with PWM, or due to the reflections/glare. Unfortunately I didn’t want to try again as I can’t have headaches and still perform well at my job.
 
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That’s what’s odd, I used a S9 for 5-10 minutes and had zero issue. So I thought that I could use OLED screens. Jumped into this phone with excitement and the second day it hit me hard. The first night was mostly using it when it was dark, the second day it was bright out and a lot of reflections/glare. So I don’t know if it’s an issue with PWM, or due to the reflections/glare. Unfortunately I didn’t want to try again as I can’t have headaches and still perform well at my job.
Yeah I have to drive kids in a carpool. Well I don’t know if it’s really a carpool when I’m the only driver.

But anyway, this time of year when the trees are starting to lose their leaves and the sunlight flickers through the branches it’s really challenging for me. I can have a real rip roaring headache by the time I get home. I absolutely can not afford to use a phone display that is going to sensitize me to light flickers even worse than I already have to deal with.

My Pixel 2 display definitely bothers my eyes. It doesn’t bring me close to seizure migraines the way my Max did. But it’s a hard display to use.

I’m so glad my S9+ doesn’t bother my eyes. I would love to consider any Android phone that catches my fancy next year. But I don’t dare take any more chances. I just can’t try anything without making sure there’s a good return policy, in case the display sets off my migraines.
 

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First day was great, no issues at all. Second day gave me a eye strain and a bad headache so I stopped using it. I was hoping with the screen being made by LG I could tolerate it. One thing I noticed is that OLED screens have a lot of reflection/glare compared to a LCD screen so I’m wondering if that also plays into it. Unfortunately I can’t keep using a device that gives me a headache so I’m not going to test any more.
The screens in the pixel 3 XL are made by Samsung.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/circuitbreaker/2018/10/16/17983182/ifixit-pixel-3-teardown-samsung-screens