iPhone Screen - Are Apple using cheaper components?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ggt, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. ggt macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2009
    I'm now on my 3rd iPhone 3G. The first suffered with the dreaded cracks on the plastic back, and the second went mental and stopped charging and wouldn't turn off.

    On my 3rd iPhone I have noticed the colours on the display to be washed out compared to my previous iPhones, I noticed as soon as I turned it on.

    I compared it to my mates screen and there is a definite lack of contrast compared to his.

    I was wondering if anyone else has compared a launch date iPhone 3G and a new one?
  2. aschou macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    poor screen quality

    Yes, I just got my white iphone 3G replaced due to lots (not just a few specks) of dust leaking in under the glass. The genius bar guy brought out a replacement phone from the back, and claimed that it is a brand-new one, not a refurb. It still had the plastic protective film on it.

    After using it for a while, I noticed that the text was not as sharp as on my original phone, purchased in September, 2008. The difference was so great that I took the phone back a few days later to see if I had gotten a defective model. The genius bar guy said that he couldn't swap the phone for me again just for a complaint about the screen quality, and that most likely, any replacement he would have given me would be exactly the same.

    So I then looked at the display models in the store and noticed that every white 16GB iphone in the Apple store had the same blurry, poor contrast screen. A side-by-side comparison revealed that the black 8GB iphones in the store had a much sharper screen, but with a yellow tinge. These are clearly different LCD screens, rather than unit-to-unit variations. Tilting the black iphones vertically caused the yellowish screen to turn greenish whereas doing the same for the white iphones caused the white screen to just get dimmer without changing colors.

    When viewing pictures, the white iphone screen made the pictures look washed-out, grainy, and one-dimensional. The black iphone screen revealed much more detail in the pictures and a more smooth, 3-dimensional image. I couldn't do a comparison, but I think my original white iphone had a clearer display which was much more like the current black iphone's. Too bad it is not an option to try to get one of the original ones anymore, but I guess I wouldn't want one anyway, given the poor seal/dust leak issue.

    I've read that there are also screen issues with the new aluminum Macbooks with one set of screens made by LG and one set made by Chi Mei, and one of these two being much better than the other.

    My new phone is not unusable, but it is disappointing that the new screen is so poor compared to the original one. It is much more like a typical cell phone screen rather than a computer-like screen.
  3. Dr. Cabrera macrumors 65816

    Aug 25, 2008
    Los Angeles

    post pictures

    as is, it sounds like its all in your head

    I had to get my phone replaced recently (charging issues) and the screen is exactly the same as the old one in terms of color brightness and sharpness
  4. jeremykyle macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2009
    I got mine replaced yesterday and I say that the one they gave me is better. It's not a refurb though. They brought out a brand new one still in the new box wrapped up, so that have something to do with it.

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