Is HD Retina overrated?

Rockies

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As a former Android user, I find the overall screen quality of the Iphone to be slightly inferior. I traded in my Galaxy S5, and the only thing I miss is the better screen. It had crisper fonts and darker blacks. Is this because Apple chose to go 720P on the Iphone 6. I played around with the 6+ and the screen looked a lot more crisp than IPhone 6. Why didn't the Iphone 6 get 1080P resolution?
 

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No, it isn't overrated, in my opinion. Read the display analysis at DisplayMate. iPhone 6 battery life would have died with a 1080p screen.
 

HiRez

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Crisper fonts? BS. Fonts on the 6 Plus are ridiculously sharp UNLESS you are using an app that has not been updated yet for the screen, or is using some kind of crappy proprietary antialiasing. From The Verge review:

The app scaling also affects various apps differently, and most of them definitely need to be updated to look better. Twitter looks fine, with sharp text and only moderately soft icons. (It’s hilarious that you can only see four tweets at a time, though.) Instagram photos look terrific, but the text is a little soft. Facebook and Gmail are pretty fuzzy all around. Text in the Kindle app is headache-inducing soft; it definitely needs an update to be readable.
Deeper blacks, yes, OLED has it beat there (but this is usually only noticeable in a dark environment).
 

Sanlitun

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I tend to agree and this was one of the reasons I went for the 6+. I feel there is little real functional difference between the 6+ and my LG G3, but the display on the smaller 6 is quite inferior.
 

Zwhaler

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Crisper fonts? BS. Fonts on the 6 Plus are ridiculously sharp UNLESS you are using an app that has not been updated yet for the screen, or is using some kind of crappy proprietary antialiasing.
Crisper, yes, the S5 has 1080p... over twice the pixels, almost a third more pixel density. 6 Plus is very sharp, I could hardly see the pixels! iPhone 6 screen I am impressed with, even though it has lower ppi. It just looks really good. Neither can match the Note 4 though :D
 

ARH1956

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Crisper, yes, the S5 has 1080p... over twice the pixels, almost a third more pixel density. 6 Plus is very sharp, I could hardly see the pixels! iPhone 6 screen I am impressed with, even though it has lower ppi. It just looks really good. Neither can match the Note 4 though :D
So you can make out individual pixels on the iPhone 6 + screen?
 

TechGod

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Crisper, yes, the S5 has 1080p... over twice the pixels, almost a third more pixel density. 6 Plus is very sharp, I could hardly see the pixels! iPhone 6 screen I am impressed with, even though it has lower ppi. It just looks really good. Neither can match the Note 4 though :D
You realise both the S5 and 6+ have a 1080P display right?
 

BvizioN

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As a former Android user, I find the overall screen quality of the Iphone to be slightly inferior. I traded in my Galaxy S5, and the only thing I miss is the better screen. It had crisper fonts and darker blacks. Is this because Apple chose to go 720P on the Iphone 6. I played around with the 6+ and the screen looked a lot more crisp than IPhone 6. Why didn't the Iphone 6 get 1080P resolution?
OK, I still have the Galaxy S5 and got the new iPhone 6. Will put S5 on eBay sometime this week. But here is what I have noticed comparing them side by side, both on full brightens.

Colours on the S5 seem a bit more vivid, or saturated. Under sunlight the S5 screen is lot less visible then the iPhone 6 and that did surprise me because I wasn't expecting that. I don't know if that's the improved contrast or what it is.
If I get the chance (and some sun around here) I will take a comparison photo to show what I mean.

As for the crisper fonts on the iP6+ I have tried myself and I think it is a mind playing tricks because it is a larger screen!
 

jetlitheone

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Guys. He's talking about the iPhone 6 not being as sharp. Not the 6 plus.

And the Galaxy s5 will be sharper for fonts but for most other things it'll be the same if not less sharp than the regular 6.

The Galaxy s5 uses a pentile display and that makes things a lot less sharp as not ever pixel has all three RGB colors.
 
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