Replacement iPhone 5S better screen than older 5S?

Ann P

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I replaced my older 5S (purchased Sept 2013) due to a battery problem. On the replacement phone, the retina quality is so much better; the UI text is sharper. Is this common with initial production batches? Might think twice about being an early adopter now.
 

maflynn

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Is this common with initial production batches? Might think twice about being an early adopter now.
I'd say its quite uncommon, the resolution, is unchanged and I believe the display panels being used has not changed either.

Perhaps your original 5s was defective.
 

Ann P

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Replacement iPhone 5S better screen than older 5S?

Here's what I'm talking about.

 
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ipodlover77

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Your first one might have fallen culprit to interlacing.

Which is when you see super fine vertical scan lines running down your screen.

It makes your screen somewhat "grainy"
 

Ann P

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Replacement iPhone 5S better screen than older 5S?

Ah, I see. Which display looks normal to you guys?
 

thadoggfather

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There's different manufacturer suppliers for the screen.

There are inherent differences between them if you're perceptive enough to things like contrast and clarity (I am) but pixel count is the same specs.
 

Appl3FTW

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i swear apple users are the most critical. your screen is FINE, i do the same thing, nitpick on the smallest thing when it comes to my iDevices. I just realized that life is short and I shouldn't be such a perfectionist. LOL

Just enjoy your iPhone :)
 

C DM

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i swear apple users are the most critical. your screen is FINE, i do the same thing, nitpick on the smallest thing when it comes to my iDevices. I just realized that life is short and I shouldn't be such a perfectionist. LOL

Just enjoy your iPhone :)
There are those that do have actual issues of one type or another. That's not to necessarily say there's something behind what's in this thread specifically, but certainly various issues have been documented by different people.
 

Ann P

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You want us to tell you which screen is better from a screenshots???? OMG, OMG, OMG.....
Careful, don't have a heart attack.

You have no authority in judging how good or bad a screen is if you're asking us to compare screenshots of your phone, as if that would capture any imperfection in the LCD itself.

Not to mention one of the screenshots is far larger than the other.
Lmao the hostility on this forum!
 

cynics

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Careful, don't have a heart attack.



Lmao the hostility on this forum!

Ya there is a pretty low threshold here.

However there point is a screenshot is a software thing. A screen defect is a hardware thing. A completely broken screen will take the same screenshot as a fully functional one.
 

coleblk

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Your first iPhone probably had screen interlacing. My original 5s didn't and my replacement does...along with my old iPhone 5. Many people will say it's not noticeable but it drives me crazy as the display is what you're staring at all day. I decided to give up on the display gamble all together and get an HTC One M8 with a pristine screen until the iPhone 6 comes out (hopefully with way better panel quality control).
 

unagimiyagi

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Your first iPhone probably had screen interlacing. My original 5s didn't and my replacement does...along with my old iPhone 5. Many people will say it's not noticeable but it drives me crazy as the display is what you're staring at all day. I decided to give up on the display gamble all together and get an HTC One M8 with a pristine screen until the iPhone 6 comes out (hopefully with way better panel quality control).
Two problems with iphone 5 and 5s screens:

1. Yellow urine tint
2. Screen interlacing/vertical lines/esp when moving your eyes across screen or on certain background colors, sky blue or gray.

Characteristic of cheap screens on a device that costs more than every other phone out there.

It's luck of the draw. The fact that some people don't notice doesn't mean it's not there. For the urine yellow tint, I've showed it twice to apple store employees and they've agreed right away. Too bad the replacements were even worse. You will have to go through 10 phones before you find one that has neither of these characteristics.