iPhone 6+ with polarized sunglasses = junk

bigbrowntruck

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Anyone else seen this with polarized sunglasses. I have Oakley biking glasses and thought my screen was broken when I had them on. Found out it only looks like this with the sunglasses on.

I am not very happy at all about this. Going to Apple store and check demo units. This along with buggy IOS 8 does not make a happy camper right now. Battery life and screen without sunglasses is what I am most impressed with.

Look at pictures. I took without sunglasses and everything is normal. Then I put sunglasses over camera and this is what I am seeing when wearing my Oakley polarized sunglasses.

This device is almost $1000. This is unacceptable to me. We'll see if its just my phone or what Apple wants to do about it.
 

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ucfgrad93

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This is because of the sunglasses. I have some polarized Oakley sunglasses and I can't see my HTC One (M7) very well.
 

bigbrowntruck

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I can understand not seeing it well, but why is it all bubbly and look like rolling hills. Its like I am seeing the defects or problems on the filter below the screen. iPhone 5 has no problems. :(
 

myscrnnm

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Does this happen with the sunglasses in any orientation? Because I know polarized sunglasses can make LCD monitors invisible when tilted 90 degrees.
 

Menel

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Similar but less pronounced, weird micro-waves. iPhone 6.
iPad Air, last generation display, perfectly smooth.

Using Giro's with Carl Zeiss polarized lens.

Will try wife's iPhone 5C as soon as she gets in. Curious. Apple had advertised better compatibility with polarized lenses.

I usually don't wear polarized... so hadn't noticed.
 

Alimar

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The nature of polarized glass + LCD screens

Anyone else seen this with polarized sunglasses. I have Oakley biking glasses and thought my screen was broken when I had them on. Found out it only looks like this with the sunglasses on.

I am not very happy at all about this. Going to Apple store and check demo units. This along with buggy IOS 8 does not make a happy camper right now. Battery life and screen without sunglasses is what I am most impressed with.

Look at pictures. I took without sunglasses and everything is normal. Then I put sunglasses over camera and this is what I am seeing when wearing my Oakley polarized sunglasses.

This device is almost $1000. This is unacceptable to me. We'll see if its just my phone or what Apple wants to do about it.
Check this out: MacRumors Sept. 2012 forum

There are a plethora of articles about this:

Android Forum

Apple Support Forums
 

bigbrowntruck

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Does this happen with the sunglasses in any orientation? Because I know polarized sunglasses can make LCD monitors invisible when tilted 90 degrees.
Seems to happen at all angles and landscape/portrait. Here is about the best I can get with the iPhone 5. Weird how iPhone 5 is fine. Nothing. Just different tint from sunglasses. Sucks because I wear polarized a lot.
 

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bigbrowntruck

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Check this out: MacRumors Sept. 2012 forum

There are a plethora of articles about this:

Android Forum

Apple Support Forums
Thanks for the links. I don't mind the tint. It bothers me the screen is all bubbled up and looks like the lcd is canyon. It has valleys and hills when I use my sunglasses. Very annoying. I know the color will be different. I don't mind that. Let me get a picture of any web article. You'll see how annoying it is.
 

bigbrowntruck

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Here are some close ups and using safari. If anyone else has some polarized lenses just give it a shot and see what you get. Maybe its just iphone 6+ or maybe 6 too. iPhone 5 seems normal to me. I have iPhone 4 somewhere, but I guess it will probably be ok.
 

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AndrewR23

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I have polarized oakleys too. My first 5s and I saw the same weird lines wearing mine. Replaced my phone and no lines when wearing my glasses.

There are 6+ screens out there without this problem
 

Big Dawg 23

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I have Maui Jim Banyans with Polarized lenses. I have no issues seeing my 6 Plus. At times I had issues with my iPhone 5, but not my 6 Plus.
 

bigbrowntruck

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I have Maui Jim Banyans with Polarized lenses. I have no issues seeing my 6 Plus. At times I had issues with my iPhone 5, but not my 6 Plus.

Thanks for checking your 6 plus. I'll go the the store sometime and check the displays. Maybe its just this phone.
 

xraydoc

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That looks defective. I can see my screen perfectly with polarized glasses
Not all polarizing filters are equal. Some are far better than others. The higher the polarizing quality, the more "defects" you'll see on any surface -- which of course are not truly defects but slight shifts in the polarization of the reflected light.
 

JeremyE

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With any screen while I am wearing polarized glasses I always take them off, it's just annoying.
 

zorinlynx

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Displays looking like **** is why I stopped buying polarized sunglasses a few years ago. Not only that but they're not as darkly shaded as the non-polarized tints available.

I don't really see the advantage anyway.
 

Surf Monkey

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Polarized glasses and LCD screens don't get along. This is nothing new and it has exactly nothing to do with iPhones beyond the fact that iPhones have LCD screens. Don't like it? Don't wear polarized sun glasses.

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Displays looking like **** is why I stopped buying polarized sunglasses a few years ago. Not only that but they're not as darkly shaded as the non-polarized tints available.

I don't really see the advantage anyway.
You can get polarized shades that are just as dark as non polarized ones. Personally I like polarization. Cuts down on glare and makes skies look more blue. But I take them off when I look at an LCD. Because they don't play nice with LCDs or other polarized things.
 

Ries

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Polarized glasses and LCD screens don't get along. This is nothing new and it has exactly nothing to do with iPhones beyond the fact that iPhones have LCD screens. Don't like it? Don't wear polarized sun glasses.

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You can get polarized shades that are just as dark as non polarized ones. Personally I like polarization. Cuts down on glare and makes skies look more blue. But I take them off when I look at an LCD. Because they don't play nice with LCDs or other polarized things.
Ofc they may not get along, but whatever effect they have, it should be uniform, not like that.