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Do you care about the viewing angles of your phone's display?

0. phoneArena 11 Mar 2013, 06:47 posted on

How important are screen viewing angles on your phone - do you care a lot about those levels, or do you think it does not matter, as you usually look at your handset straight-on, and, besides, it makes it more difficult for prying eyes to tell what's happening on your phone's screen? Check your answer inside. and sound off in the comments....

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posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:49 61

1. MrJerry (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


TV: Yes
Smartphone: No

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:54 22

3. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Depends, sometimes you want to show your friend or someone next to you a video or maybe a picture that you're watching.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:03 15

12. MrJerry (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I do it a lot and never felt that viewing angle has become a problem.

From size of tablets may need a good viewing angles i think

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:16 8

48. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i think not for phones... coz privacy is broken with that viewing angles... some people might see your text messages or whatever private you're doing

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 15:10

71. rizevnarastek (Posts: 332; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


It just makes me want to puke whenever I see a tilt shift :S

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:44

77. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


lol, why not turn your brightness down?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 13:57 1

69. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


if you want to show your friend something.....why dont you just hand them the phone and let them watch it, and get it back after they are done?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:44 5

36. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


True... I view my phone straight-on most of the time, but poor viewing angles do piss me off sometimes, like one of the 7 inch china tabs i have, given by someone. Solid performer and good resolution but the poor screen viewing angle when held in portrait mode (doesnt happen when held in landscape) being the biggest drawback. As expected from TFT screens.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:52 2

38. dil2abu (Posts: 201; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Well Said..

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 23:26

85. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


then u would be the moron nerd looking at ur phone all the times holding it straight in ur nose!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:50 7

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Of course, yes. Considering everything you do on the smartphone you do it on the screen and you want it to be the best for eye comfort, the answer is yes, viewing angles on a $700 device count.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:04 4

42. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Not according to some sony fanboys..

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 15:25 5

72. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


wow, so 50% of people here are fanboys of Sony
Sony must be proud to have this amount of lovers
i think its not as important as you pretend.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 18:23 1

81. TMach (Posts: 385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Funny that! I have shown people a few things on my shiny brand new Xperia Z in White and they have all oooh'd and aaaaaah'd in admiring the screen. Guess the issue of viewing angles is overblown afterall.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:54 2

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I think the question should be do you care about people seeing your phone from a certain angle/distance. For me, it's ok for people to see what I'm doing with my phone except when it comes to an extent that they'll be seeing my password or bank account.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:54 6

5. aaaaa123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


people around us, sometime really annoying by spying what we do with our phone. so, having a bad view angle phone isn't a bad choice.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:30

29. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


They are just curious to know which smartphone are we using, but bad viewing angles are too annoying when the sun or light is shining at the screen. So, I choose Yes.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:11

46. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


try adjusting brightness?...

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:55 7

6. redmd (Posts: 904; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Yes i care. put your smartphone on a table and watch a 2 hour movie alone or with friends. i bet you will find it difficult to answer no to the poll.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:57 2

7. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Why would you watch a 2 hour movie on such a small screen when 30+inch HD tv can give you a much better experience from the comfort of your sofa, dumbest reason EVER

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:10 9

16. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Because you can't take a 30+HD TV to where ever you want.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:50 6

37. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Laptops and tablets were invented for a reason, smart ass

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:00 6

9. aaaaa123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


nowadays, people prefer to watch movie from phone than TV... hmmm

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:07 5

14. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


True. That's why we need best viewing angles.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:08 3

15. aaaaa123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


i mean it's really weird by prefering to watch in a small screen than watch in a 32-90" TV

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:16 5

20. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Its not weird,its actually cool that technology offers such possibilities. Except for the smaller screen it offers the same quality.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:17 2

21. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


When technology offers such possibilities screen size isn't a concern for most of the people. But with a smartphone in hand you can watch at anytime.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:59 1

39. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Yes right..
I completely support galaxy-storm.
I also watch most of my movies on my smartphone.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:45

56. buccob (Posts: 1546; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


And as you watch it do you do it with your phone tilted in angle?

I too watch some TV shows on my Smartphone, and when I want to share I just plug the HDMI cable... But when I do it I watch it straight. No need to watch from an extreme angle

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:32 1

31. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I cant take my 55inch TV with me to work. The bus ride to and from work....Netflix gets a work out at times. For that, viewing angles play a role.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:29 4

28. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


And why would u watch a movie on side angle?? Isnt that stupid

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:59 1

40. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Just try to watch a movie on your smartphone.
You'll get to know all by yourself..!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:38 1

52. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Yah!! So many times from Sammy Star to N97 to 3GS to Xperia P and now iPhone 5, i never watch a movie looking on its sides, thats bad viewing angle is not a problemo.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 18:25

82. TMach (Posts: 385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Why would I want to watch a movie in that manner when I have a TV? Nor would my friends be interested in watching a movie on a phone placed on a table!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 06:59 9

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I think good viewing angle does mean a superior screen but since i'm looking at a device head-on, i don't really care.
Like Mr. Jerry mentioned, if it's a tablet or something bigger, i would really mind since it's meant for multiple audience.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:00 3

10. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I say no, I've used phones with and without good viewing angles, never noticed as long as it looks excellent viewing directly, how I usually use it, angles are only an issue in tech blogs where you make a big deal out of everything

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:13 3

18. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


But again this a pointless question. Do you REALLY need Tegra 4 so it could crush benchmarks? "Most of the time I don't" would be your answer cause current hi-tech is more than capable to run everything.

But does Tegra 4 come handy for the times that doesn't belong in "most of the time?" - hell yeah! And same goes with viewing angles, you don't want contrast and saturation deteriorate when it's docked, when you're showing content to other ppl., when for comfort reasons you place it not 100% head on, when you have it on the desk and need to quickly run through things without changing your position or picking it up. Of course you want your $700 to cover these situations despite you use it "head on" most of the time.

So yeah, like fullHD, like LTE, like big battery you could live "most of the time" without them, but they do come handy, don't they?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:28 1

27. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


They don't, not to 99% of people and certainly not me who frequents these sites, HD is enough for me, I'll end up getting fullHD if the next Nexus sports it though, most of the thing you mentioned are downright useless, most people can't afford that and they are perfectly happy, I won't be cause I'm exposed and even then I know these are extravagances that are pushed to new heights by companies that just want people to spend more money on their products

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:03 6

11. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Good viewing angles means it's a good display, bad viewing angles means it's a bad display, maybe someone's usually watching his phone 90% of the time on the front, but what happens for the remaining 10%? For example, on my nexus 4, i use Daydream to display the time when my phone is plugged in the wireless charging orb, and when i just want to check the time i don't want to grab my phone, unlock it and look at it straight on with my tired eyes, When i use my phone as a GPS i'm not looking at it head-on, oltherwise i'd end up in a hospital. Or when i want to share what's on my screen with someone else, Or when i'm showing something on my screen to someone else, no one would enjoy what's on the screen if all they see is a washed-out display.
I Had the HTC One X, and it was by far the best display i have seen on a smartphone, i'd say on par with my iPhone 5 but with a bigger format, and better than my Nexus 4. When you see a picture and you tilt your phone, a great display shows the picture as it was printed, true, while a washed out display with terrible viewing angles makes everything you look at just... flat.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:05 5

13. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Yes. And amoled offers the best.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:21

22. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Did you see the picture, watching an amoled display with a certain viewing angle makes everything darker.
SLCD3 rules

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:41 1

33. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Are you talking about the picture in the article? Cant be, because the Amoled screen still looks like an orig picture, the LCD looks amazingly washed out.

It almost looks like a picture from a printer with low ink.

I know LCD tech as gotten better over the years...but one of Amoled pros was contrast. If SLCD3 has gotten better, thats fine. But viewing anlges was always been an Amoled strength.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:21 1

49. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I was talking about the Super LCD of the One X or the One, this is sony's TFT displays.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:48

79. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My mistake then. The pic in this article doesnt help LCD screens...it makes them look very bad for viewing angles.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:07

44. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You sure don't know what you're talking about!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:13 5

17. Ray.S (Posts: 263; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


I certainly care about viewing angles. Here's one reason why: I tend to keep my phone on my desk, and when I get a notification alert, I can simply glance at my phone and read the notification. That's almost impossible with a screen that has poor viewing angles.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:21 8

24. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


I see that you are a false Ray S.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:31 2

30. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Even a galaxy pocket can do that and I've checked, impossible is a strong word, difficult yes, not impossible

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:02 1

41. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


No you are wrong..
MY friend's Galaxy chat cannot do that..

It's almost impossible to see the screen when it is lying on a flat surface..

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 02:09

86. Ray.S (Posts: 263; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Some models may be better at this than others. I was very disappointed recently to find out that a high-end phone like the Xperia T makes this extremely difficult. Terrible viewing angles on those Sony phones, I tell you...

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:42 2

53. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Or just say being a lazy in just pickin up a phone hahaha

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 16:50 1

75. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


i think what you certainly care about, is to advertise Sammy as well as you can. LOL

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:15

19. yero789 (unregistered)


I don't really care about the viewing angles,for me brightness is more important.For me a mobile phone must have good brightness levels for outdoor visibility,,,,and good battery life too,I don't care about ppi too :D

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:21 1

23. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I care but not at those crazy 179 degree angles that are done on the reviews

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:22 1

25. fouadqr (Posts: 310; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


No, I'm looking at my phone head-on most of the time

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:24

26. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


like daaa....on your bed..with friends everywhere!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:35

32. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea it does. Viewing angles play a role with outdoor viewing, when trying to avoid sunlight. On a bus trip last year, I was sitting near a window. I wanted to show a co worker a Netflix movie. It was hard to watch on the phone I had. The viewing angles were terrible, and it was sunny.

I had a Rezound. If I had my RAZR....it woulda been alot better.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:43

34. Leo_MC (Posts: 584; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


A mobile phone is a mobile device; that means I use it near other people which I don't want to see the content of my emails, my documents etc.
So I would like... lower viewing angles.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 07:43 5

35. imkyle (Posts: 1021; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


If I can see my phone outside in the sunlight, I am happy.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:06 1

43. sks1969 (Posts: 86; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


It is not viewing angles that matter, it is contrast and sunlight readability that matters. The auto brightness does not work properly on most phones :( jelly bean was supposed to have fixed it but not yet there. Everytime I move outdoors I should NOT need to increase brightness, that is a PIA.

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