iPhone 5 has the best phone display ever

hasanahmad

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http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_2.htm

. Based on our extensive Lab measurements the iPhone 5 has a true state-of-the-art accurate display – it’s not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvements (and competitors) but it is the best Smartphone display we have seen to date based on extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests. In particular it is a significant improvement over the display in the iPhone 4 with much lower screen Reflections, much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting (the highest we have ever measured), and a significantly improved and accurate Color Gamut and Factory Calibration that delivers very accurate colors and very good picture quality. While it’s not quite as accurate as the new iPad, it is still probably more accurate than any consumer display you own (including your HDTV), unless you have a new iPad.

The display on the Samsung Galaxy S III uses OLED technology. It’s a new technology that has not yet been refined to the same degree as LCDs, particularly the IPS LCDs on the iPhones, so it doesn’t objectively test or perform as well as the iPhone 5. But OLEDs have been evolving and improving very rapidly as shown in our OLED Display Technology Shoot-Out so it has a very promising future. Here are the biggest issues we found in our extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests of the Galaxy S III: the Brightness is about half of the iPhone 5 due to power constraints resulting from the lower OLED power efficiency and concerns regarding premature OLED aging. As a result the image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting is much poorer than the iPhone 5. The Color Gamut is not only much larger than the Standard Color Gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than either Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images. And for some reason Samsung has not bothered to calibrate the Color Gamut on any of its OLED displays, so they are wildly inaccurate and produce inaccurate and over saturated colors.
 

lamenramen

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To my eyes the HTC One X has the best screen, for sure. I've seen the iphone 5. But these two are clearly 1 and 1A. The iphone 5 screen is without a doubt an improvement over the iphone 4/4s.

HTC may have had a "switcher" in me had they not botched two things, and they are critical: 16 gb of storage, max. 4.7" screens are too big to use one-handed. Never thought that I'd care, but in fact that's when I realized how often I use the iphone one handed without even thinking about it.

The Samsung GS3 has a poor screen. Yup, I said it. Half the brightness. That's what jumped out at me, and exaggerated colors, and visible pixelation. I have never understood why people like that screen, b/c that is my single biggest complaint about the phone.
 

the caveman

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To my eyes the HTC One X has the best screen, for sure. I've seen the iphone 5. But these two are clearly 1 and 1A. The iphone 5 screen is without a doubt an improvement over the iphone 4/4s.

HTC may have had a "switcher" in me had they not botched two things, and they are critical: 16 gb of storage, max. 4.7" screens are too big to use one-handed. Never thought that I'd care, but in fact that's when I realized how often I use the iphone one handed without even thinking about it.

The Samsung GS3 has a poor screen. Yup, I said it. Half the brightness. That's what jumped out at me, and exaggerated colors, and visible pixelation. I have never understood why people like that screen, b/c that is my single biggest complaint about the phone.
I agree, if samsung would use an lcd instead of amoled, it would've been the best phone out there. For some unfathomable reason, samsung insists on using a crap amoled screens.
 

lamenramen

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I agree, if samsung would use an lcd instead of amoled, it would've been the best phone out there. For some unfathomable reason, samsung insists on using a crap amoled screens.
I felt that the Samsung SII screen was and still is better than the current S3's screen. It was a downgrade. Pixel density is nice, but it's not the first thing that eyes notice with regard to screen quality.

I believe that I read an article that quoted Samsung as saying that the pentile matrix is just going to take time to get used to, but my eyes don't lie. This is a case of cutting corners (pentiles are cheaper to make) instead of a case of being averse to change. The sooner they realize it, the better off they'll be. But then again I'm not a businessman. Perhaps since Apple uses the supply chain as a weapon, Samsung has to cut costs as much as possible in order to still turn a profit and compete on price with Apple. First thing I'd do if I was Samsung is cut Apple off from memory and chips etc, even if it hurt the bottom line for a few years. You're not going to compete with a competitor if you give them weapons to compete with. Let other companies step in to fill the void.
 

zhandri

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Wait till HTC's new 1080p phone comes out...
yeah because 1080p makes so much sense on a small screen... that's why it's called retina. the human eye won't be able to tell a difference between 1080p or the iphone screen
 

Zunjine

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I agree, if samsung would use an lcd instead of amoled, it would've been the best phone out there. For some unfathomable reason, samsung insists on using a crap amoled screens.
It's my understanding that AMOLED is a display tech that Samsung has invested heavily in developing. Samsung has a vested interest in developing it further and, so, is using it heavily.

AMOLED may well be the future of display technology but it's not the present, so to speak. The iPhone 5's display is just stunning. Not only is it less reflective, it's a good deal brighter with near perfect colour balance. This and my iPad (3rd gen) are now my preferred choices to view pretty much any content - even over my HDTV and MacBook.

I suspect the next iPad will carry an in-cell touch panel too - that's going to look so good.
 

darngooddesign

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Wait till HTC's new 1080p phone comes out...
It remains to be seen and tested if that screen is higher quality than the 5's display or is it a little lower quality despite being 1080P. Or to put it in perspective, I have one of those lampshade iMacs I use as my bedroom DVD player; it has a 1440x900 screen. The initial MacBook Airs, before the current wedge shape, had 1280x800 screens, but they were significantly higher quality screens. The point is that 1080P doesn't in and of itself mean the screen is better.
 

apprunner

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The gorgeous screen quality isn't due to just pixel density. It's also due to software optimizations that Apple did to get 100% color gamut. Along with in-cell touch, which Apple has a prepaid supply of, I doubt any OEM is gonna knock off Apple off its perch anytime soon.

In-cell touch is a big deal to the improved screen. :)
 

JesalTV

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When I first used the screen, couldn't see any difference.

After a few days, I took the plastic screen protector off - WOW.

Yep, the screen is genuinely great. You can see every detail, it is incredible.