iPhone X When will iPhone finally get a screen as good as the Pixel 2?

Anthony T

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I see people constantly raving about the OLED screen on the iPhone X - am I the only one who doesn't get all the hype? It's a nice display, don't get me wrong. I just don't feel like it's much of an improvement over the 6/6S/7.

Looking at the Google Pixel 2 screen, all of the iPhones pale in comparison. What is so different about the screens on some of these Android phones that make the colors so vibrant and displays so crystal clear?

I will probably never switch to Android, but I am just really hoping Apple steps up their game soon with their phone displays.
 
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m0sher

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You have your facts wrong, the X display is better than the pixel 2 display.

Remember software calibration also takes play into this and Apple does it better than most. In fact they improved on Samsung own display when it was given to them, even better than on the S8. Samsung responded with a slightly better display on S9 not to be out done.

Read this and I let the facts speak for itself

http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm
 

Anthony T

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You have your facts wrong, the X display is better than the pixel 2 display.

Remember software calibration also takes play into this and Apple does it better than most. In fact they improved on Samsung own display when it was given to them, even better than on the S8. Samsung responded with a slightly better display on S9 not to be out done.

Read this and I let the facts speak for itself

http://www.displaymate.com/iPhoneX_ShootOut_1a.htm
I honestly don't care about technicalities/specs, I'm just stating that I personally see a nicer display on the Pixel 2...maybe there is something wrong with my eyes, but it just seems a lot nicer.
 
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Relentless Power

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I honestly don't care about technicalities/specs, I'm just stating that I personally see a nicer display on the Pixel 2...maybe there is something wrong with my eyes, but it just seems a lot nicer.
You will find out that there is a difference of opinions of what someone considers a “nicer” display. If you look at Apple and the OLED display, it’s not just a Samsung OLED panel, but is there way to calibrate their panels pacifically tune to their preferences. It’s one of the reasons Apple has some of the best LCD panels in the industry, it’s because of how they had them calibrated accordingly.
 
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saltd

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I can’t stand oversaturated displays, but they tend to appeal to the masses. The X display is less punchy than the Pixel- but more accurate. I would say it’s a much nicer panel than the Pixel, not the ther way around...but ultimately, it’s what looks best to you.
 

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I honestly don't care about technicalities/specs, I'm just stating that I personally see a nicer display on the Pixel 2...maybe there is something wrong with my eyes, but it just seems a lot nicer.
In that sense, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, which would be different for different people for different reasons.
 

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I can’t stand oversaturated displays, but they tend to appeal to the masses.
THIS.

Go to a store that's selling TV's and then compare to what you have at home - they hype the colours and the contrast and the brightness using showroom palettes to give pop and over-saturation...it's what sells the screens...

For some reason a lot of consumers are driven to love oversaturaed super-bright cranked/amped screens.
I'm not one of them...love my X display.
 
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I always see people complaining about iPhone screens and raving about android screens. I don’t see the hype in those android screens and not a fan of those over saturated colors.
I don't get the hype about ANY screen.

But I'm not watching movies or videos on my little dinky cellphone screen either. Lots of people seem to be okay with watching that kind of stuff on a cellphone screen.

I'd rather get a TV or monitor that's as large as possible.
 

C DM

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I don't get the hype about ANY screen.

But I'm not watching movies or videos on my little dinky cellphone screen either. Lots of people seem to be okay with watching that kind of stuff on a cellphone screen.

I'd rather get a TV or monitor that's as large as possible.
Yeah, but you can't make use of a TV or monitor like that when you are commuting or flying or aren't at your house and have some time and wouldn't mind catching up on some TV show or movie that you been wanting to see but are behind on or don't have much other time to spend on it.
 
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I don't get the hype about ANY screen.

But I'm not watching movies or videos on my little dinky cellphone screen either. Lots of people seem to be okay with watching that kind of stuff on a cellphone screen.

I'd rather get a TV or monitor that's as large as possible.
True. I only watch videos on the go. The 8, 8 plus, and x all have different screens and I personally can’t tell the difference.

On tvs though it’s a different story.
 
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eoblaed

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My iPhone X already has a better display than the Pixel 2.

I'll give just one example.

Here’s a screenshot from a video showing from left to right, the Pixel 2XL, iPhone X, and Note 8. I think you’ll agree that, at most, the iPhone X is just slightly cooler than normal, but the other two are downright blue.

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m0sher

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I honestly don't care about technicalities/specs, I'm just stating that I personally see a nicer display on the Pixel 2...maybe there is something wrong with my eyes, but it just seems a lot nicer.
I see, factually your statement is wrong, but if your eyes see the obviously worser display as better, than enjoy it even though we just proved you wrong.

Your opinion is not something many others will concur with either.
 

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Yeah, but you can't make use of a TV or monitor like that when you are commuting or flying or aren't at your house and have some time and wouldn't mind catching up on some TV show or movie that you been wanting to see but are behind on or don't have much other time to spend on it.
That's very true. And I have used my phone from time to time in places where I did not have access to a TV or monitor for some time.

But I don't expect anything more than a small screen cellphone display sort of picture quality when that does occur. Worse, I'm not what anyone would classify as a videophile so even if that type of quality was available to me on a cellphone I probably wouldn't even notice. So then what exactly am I paying for when I buy that sort of device?

Don't get me wrong. If they can make that happen and people are happy with it then great. It's worth it to someone. But it's just not anything I expect from something as small as a large-size index card.
 

saltd

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THIS.

Go to a store that's selling TV's and then compare to what you have at home - they hype the colours and the contrast and the brightness using showroom palettes to give pop and over-saturation...it's what sells the screens...

For some reason a lot of consumers are driven to love oversaturaed super-bright cranked/amped screens.
I'm not one of them...love my X display.
Haha-yep, that’s usually called the “vivid” picture setting on TVs, and it’s hideous when it’s in your home(as opposed to on display under the harsh fluorescents of Best Buy or Walmart).

Totally out of calibration for the sole purpose of “popping” from a wall of nearly identical sets.

Good on Apple for not following that awful trend.
 

Anthony T

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My iPhone X already has a better display than the Pixel 2.

I'll give just one example.

Here’s a screenshot from a video showing from left to right, the Pixel 2XL, iPhone X, and Note 8. I think you’ll agree that, at most, the iPhone X is just slightly cooler than normal, but the other two are downright blue.

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Did you adjust the diplay settings on your iPhone at all?
 

Blaze4G

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The OP is baiting people here. He’s claiming a 1080p screen is better than a 2k display. Doh kay, we’re the dummies!
Well iPhone supporters did that all the time when they didn't have 2k screens. That their 1080p looked much better than Android 2k screens. Now that iPhone screens has 2k screen a 1080p can't look better...shocking.
 

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I see, factually your statement is wrong, but if your eyes see the obviously worser display as better, than enjoy it even though we just proved you wrong.

Your opinion is not something many others will concur with either.
You have no idea if the OP's opinion is one that not many others will concur with. Take his post and drop it in a Samsung or other top-tier Android phone forum and see what the responses are. If his eyes view the displays on alternative devices to be superior, all the specs in the world in addition to conflicting opinions such as yours won't make a bit of difference. This world is full of examples where something is superior on paper, or in review, but doesn't translate to such in the real world. Happens to be the case here in regard to the OP's opinion on screens. Slow it down a bit.
 

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Wow, I can't stand the iPhone X myself and sold it recently and bought an 8. But this claim is nonsense. I've actually owned the X, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL and used them all for extended periods of time. Both Pixel screens do not come close to the iPhone X. Not even remotely close. Totally different leagues.

Pixel 2: Suffers from terrible and deal-breaking black crush. I could not watch Netflix or other video because it caused the content to be blotchy, pixelated, and crushed. Even using a 3rd party app called Screen Balance did not fix it. I have used several different Pixel 2 phones to compare, they all were the same. These phones use much older generation Samsung OLEDs.

Pixel 2 XL: Also suffers from black crush but not as bad as the Pixel 2. The LG OLED is years behind Apple / Samsung. There was some grain effect on white and light backgrounds. The display shifted color when at a minimal angle, although phones manufactured December 2017 onward are much better in this regard. There's also the black smear when you scroll a web page with some black content on it. Like a person with black hair. Watch the hair jump off the head when you scroll.

The Pixel phones are not over saturated if you use the natural color setting. I found color to be quite pleasing on them.

But color really pops and looks completely natural on the X. Display has no grain effect. There is minimal, if any, black crush on the iPhone X. You can only find it if you use detailed test apps. It in no way interferes with any content you'd consume. Apple has worked its magic in dealing with OLED black crush issues.

Even my S9 which uses Samsung's top panel has black crush.

Not sure if we're all being trolled...
 
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Anthony T

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Wow, I can't stand the iPhone X myself and sold it recently and bought an 8. But this claim is nonsense. I've actually owned the X, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL and used them all for extended periods of time. Both Pixel screens do not come close to the iPhone X. Not even remotely close. Totally different leagues.

Pixel 2: Suffers from terrible and deal-breaking black crush. I could not watch Netflix or other video because it caused the content to be blotchy, pixelated, and crushed. Even using a 3rd party app called Screen Balance did not fix it. I have used several different Pixel 2 phones to compare, they all were the same. These phones use much older generation Samsung OLEDs.

Pixel 2 XL: Also suffers from black crush but not as bad as the Pixel 2. The LG OLED is years behind Apple / Samsung. There was some grain effect on white and light backgrounds. The display shifted color when at a minimal angle, although phones manufactured December 2017 onward are much better in this regard. There's also the black smear when you scroll a web page with some black content on it. Like a person with black hair. Watch the hair jump off the head when you scroll.

The Pixel phones are not over saturated if you use the natural color setting. I found color to be quite pleasing on them.

But color really pops and looks completely natural on the X. Display has no grain effect. There is minimal, if any, black crush on the iPhone X. You can only find it if you use detailed test apps. It in no way interferes with any content you'd consume. Apple has worked its magic in dealing with OLED black crush issues.

Even my S9 which uses Samsung's top panel has black crush.

Not sure if we're all being trolled...
Yes, because I would take the time out of my day to come onto a forum that I've been a member of for 10 years, just to piss people off with my OPINION. I already stated that I will probably never switch to Android, I just simply feel like my eyes see a nicer display on other phones like the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL, and was wondering if anyone else felt the same way. I was also curious as to what the differences were between those displays and the iPhone's that make them appear so different.

I actually think it's really weird (and somewhat sad) that people think they are being "trolled" because someone said that another phone screen looks nicer TO THEM.
 
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mjschabow

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Now I can see wishing that the iPhone displays would look as good as the Samsung phones. That would make sense. They are by far the best displays in the business. But the iPhone screen is good enough for me. Heck, I'm on the 6s+ and I'm still happy with it.
 
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