iPhone 3G-S screen very washed out compared to iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by NATO, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    First of all, I'm loving the speed of the 3G-S but I have come across one disappointment so far which is the screen is very washed out compared to the previous iPhone 3G. I have both side by side and with the same wallpaper images displayed, the 3G is far richer and colourful, the 3G-S is really washed out in comparison!

    And it's not one of those things that you can only see when the two are side by side, I noticed earlier this evening and just put the two iPhones together to confirm my suspicions.

    Has anyone else noticed this? I'm wondering if it's just a 'feature' of the iPhone 3G-S, or I've got a duff screen. I'd love to hear what other people noticed.
  2. timb macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    I have this same issue. It seems like there's a yellow tint to mine. Reminds me of how the original iPhone screens looked.

    I called Apple and, after buying AppleCare, they're overnighting me a new phone.

    If you have an Apple Store close by, they can do a swap out. Give tech support a call first though.
  3. mtehonica macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2007
  4. Jeremy81 macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    Mine seems exactly the opposite. This is my 4th iPhone and it's the best out of all of them by far.
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I did notice the warm color temp on the display, but contrast looks about the same. I compared it with my 2G, and the 3G is very close to my 17" UB calibration (at 6500K). The 2G is actually way off to the cool side. I would say, if anything, the 3G is slightly warmer than the Mac, but it's very "normal" looking.
  6. Torq macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Yep, seeing the same thing here. It seems to be normal to me.

    I picked up a Touch 2G this past weekend, primarily to use as a dedicated development test unit and to run as an extra Sonos controller, and it has the exact same appearance to its screen as the 3GS.

    Not sure if it is just a change in color temperature/calibration of the display, or a physical property of the screen itself (lowering contrast is one way of lowering LCD power consumption, depending on the nature of the LCD).

    Don't think it is a fault though ... otherwise everyone I know has a problematic unit ...
  7. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    My 3G S Screen looks better than my 3G, as far as i can tell.
  8. notjustgc macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2009
    Mine's definitely warmer, but sharper... and if anything a bit more saturated. Not washed-out at all. I'm pleased.
  9. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    I noticed this on one of my two iPhone 3GS models. One of them is definitely more yellow and washed out than the other. Seems to be luck of the draw.
  10. iUser4Lyfe macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    I have them side by side, No question the 3G S is better on mine. I'd get them switched if I were you guys.
  11. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Absolutely no complaints about the display. Very crisp, a tad warmer. Have them both side by side.
  12. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Yeah mine is definitely lighter/more washed out too.
  13. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    +1 after all the awesome things I notice about it, this is the first and only bad thing that I can see.
  14. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    onilne screen test?

    Is there an online screen test, or a download that does this, red, blue, green, white, black screens?
  15. timb macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    This was very hard to photograph, and I'm not sure how well you'll be able to see the difference on a non-calibrated monitor. It's much more noticeable in person.

    Click for big.
  16. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Me too. Putting my 3G up next to my new 3Gs, I prefer the new screen.
  17. timb macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    The thing is though, I held my 3G S up next to a friend's 3G S, and his looked fine. I think there might have just been a bad batch of screens.
  18. Dermot81 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    My settings screen looks nothing like that. I don't know if your phone has some kind of defect but the settings screen on my 3gs looks whiter than the screen on your 3g. Also the contrast on the home screen much better on my 3gs than my 3g. Much blacker blacks.
  19. leesweet macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    My 3GS has a slight tint like that but only when the brightness is turned down. I assume that's not the issue here? :)
  20. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    You could just as easily (and IMO more accurately) say that the older iPhones, particularly the original iPhone, were too blue. My 3GS screen looks great, not yellow but more neutral than my rev. 1 iPhone. And significantly brighter as well. People are trained to recognize a blueish color temperature as neutral now because almost all screens of any kind (televisions, computers, cameras, phones) are set at the blue end of the spectrum (9,000°K+) so they'll look brighter on the display floor. Furthermore, almost every screen you see in a television or movie looks blue because cameras are generally white balanced for more yellowish set lighting (3,200°K-5600°K).
  21. bretm macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2002
    I have a day 1 iphone and the screen is stellar compared to the 3Gs I just got. The 3Gs is just lower contrast and too warm. I can live with the warm, but all the beveled bars, menus, etc. are just washed out a tad. Blacks are slightly lighter than my 2g as well. The 2g is definitely blueish by comparison, but when viewed alone, it looks much better and richer. I'm going to go into a store and compare with all the ones on the floor. If this is the way the phone is, then that's the way it is. But I want to make sure I don't have a semi dud.
  22. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009

    I bought 2 iPhone 3GS and noticed that my black 3GS had a normal rich screen while the White 3GS had a really washed out screen. I'm going to try to get the iphone replaced at the apple store.

    By the way i know what a calibrated TV should look like so this iPhone is certainly washed out.
  23. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    I don't think a "washed out screen" is a legitimate reason to return a perfectly good iPhone, sorry.

    My iPhone 3G, bought in September this year, was replaced two weeks ago because of a crack in the black plastic, next to the headphone socket. The replacement unit was not assembled properly, and was leaking light out a gap between the chrome bezel and glass.

    Both these handsets had darker blacks and somewhat richer colours than the replacement I have now, which has a screen that is sharper but looks like the contrast is a little too high.

    I have compared this iPhone screen to third generation iPod touches and other iPhones, and I've noticed a lot of iPod touches with the same "contrast issue" that my iPhone 3G has.

    I'm actually so used to it that it doesn't bother me, but you'd need to be pretty anal to ask for a replacement, especially since the replacement could well be the same, and also because the replacement could be a plain boxed refurb.

    And, for the record, it doesn't matter if you "know what a calibrated TV looks like". I know what a well calibrated screen looks like, but the fact is that there is a lot of these screens out there in both iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as iPod touch 3rd Gen. I severely doubt this has anything to do with calibration, it's simply a kind of screen used.
  24. BrunoMac macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2008
    Well I sure do, sorry!!

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