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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, 08:10 1

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

who would look at their phone from the side?...

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 10:12 1

60. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Watching a movie in bed with the phone on the nightstand.
Watching a how-to video while working on something.
Watching a cooking instructional or recipe while cooking.
Using your phone as a GPS when driving.
Showing someone images on your phone without passing your $700 baby to someone who may drop it.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 11:18 1

63. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

All those situations require minimum viewing angles and nothing is really affected.

"poor" viewing angles as the one on my Sony Acro S are at about 45° from perpendicular, and all those situations mentioned are for viewings of less than 30° in angle... So those so called "poor" viewing angles is nothing but BS

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:14

47. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

"Yes, good viewing angles usually indicate superior screen technology"

then you say, LUMIA 720 WINS?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:23

50. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

since it has 180 degrees viewing angle

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 08:29 1

51. airisoverrated (Posts: 31; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I think there are a lot of good comments on this. It depends on what you use your phone for. Personally, I'm usually looking at my phone head on. The only time I am looking sidelong at it is when its on a table and I need to see that there is an incoming call and who it is, so most screens look good enough at an angle to see that info. If you use your phone to display video to others, this is more important. I do agree that on higher end devices the viewing angles can help intricate overall screen quality.

However the one device that I care about viewing angles above all others is my TV.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:18

54. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

On a TV it is very important as its a much bigger viewing area and more people watch it at once. However, its not a killer killer feature on a smartphone as most people do not watch on a smaller screen together in great array. Granted that may matter a little more now with the increased sizes but even so not that big of a deal at all.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:42

55. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

On a Smartphone, nope. So all the bashing to Sony's display is exaggeration.

As long as the display has good brightness and contrast. Nice colors, and maybe able to manually adjust it. Good ppi. Its all good.

Screens from Sony's top phones since the Xperia S are awesome... And it is one of the thing I disagree when taken as a CON from websites such as this and GSMarena

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:59

57. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

So basically this poll mean, Half of the people uses Amoled... and the other half dont give a s**t

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 11:05

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

The HTC One X and the iPhone 5 both have excellent viewing angles, and they aren't AMOLED displays.

posted on 12 Mar 2013, 09:59

87. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

And yet, those users don't give a s**t do they?

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 10:04

58. rashsys (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

When I show photos to my friends, I'd like to be sure that everyone get "right" (at least similar) picture regardless of viewing angle. And when watching movies in a subway I don't like to "adjust" picture brightness by changing screen angle, like I did before with LCD screen. So OLED is my choice and answer is YES.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 10:07 1

59. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

I'll sum this up for you.
Everyone that hates Samsung will vote no.

The only thing that truly matters is direct sunlight viewing. It's fun watching people trying to use their phones with 1 hand blocking the sunshine

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 10:45

61. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

well... i can clearly see the text in my gs3 screen even if i tilt it to the extreme which is good and bad.. good because i can movie together with a friend without fighting over where the device must be placed.. bad because i dont my want a random stranger reading my texts especially when i'm talking really dirty with a girl..

moving on.. dont you notice that your phone is more or less like a 32 inch tv considering its distance from your eyes?? to test, sit in the couch/chair where you normally watch tv. now hold your phone next to where you can still see your tv. notice which of the two looks bigger??

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 12:06 1

64. jove39 (Posts: 1858; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Screens with bad viewing angles are terrible to look at.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 12:07

65. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

we need a 3rd option for that poll, i dont really care about viewing angles on my phone but in most cases it probes how good the display is

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 12:23 1

66. samystic (Posts: 230; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

let's dig some past reviews done by PA and GSMA... viewing angles were included prominently in those well written reviews... in fact let's dig deeper into these reviews specifically for basic phones... "viewing angles are poor" was a prominent gripe there... i believe viewing angles for a phone is indeed a measure of display quality of a phone's screen... why? let's take most prominent examples - an SMS i want to show to my friends, a movie that i want to watch with my friends, feel free to add more... that is why i have selected Nokia 808 as my new most used device - amazing viewing angles and unbeatable sunlight legibility... in fact my friend (a typical fandroid) finally agreed that colors displayed in bright afternoon sun kicked his android phone's display and he was viewing it from an angle as we were strolling down the street... may i add another point - smartphones are meant to auto display information without us asking it to do so... which means even if the phone is not in my hand and my phone displays a message i need a good viewing angle... so bottomline is 'viewing angles for a phone is indeed a measure of display quality of a phone's screen'


posted on 11 Mar 2013, 12:48

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

Agree with your points. 808 uses amoled screen which is the reason for its wide and clear view angles.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 13:32 1

68. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Viewing angles, good or bad, do not concern me. If you are worried about people seeing what you are doing because the viewing angles are too good, then get a privacy screen protector. Or try to be around less invasive people.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 14:25

70. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)

I didn't think I would be someone who would care about viewing angles much. IMO, Super Amoled screens have the best viewing angles. The last one was SGSII I used. Now, on the Nexus 4, it really bothers me. Actually A LOT. I guess if you never used something, it wouldn't bother you but once you know how good it feels with perfect viewing angles, then it bothers to not have it. And about the privacy issues, I use a screen filter app if I have to see or text something that I don't want others to see. Works perfect.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 15:37

73. howardbarrett (Posts: 45; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

People want better image quality from phone cameras, but they're willing to sacrifice screen quality for the sake of privacy? And these are the same people that want bigger screens btw. Good luck working on that perfect angle every time you whip out your phone.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 16:16

74. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

yes it matters but can live without it too

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:28 1

76. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

I used to think that viewing angles were just full of crab, and didnt affect my smartphones performance to me. However, after getting the butterfly i can tell you that viewing angles are an absolute yes. Its not really about how far you can view (i dont care about 180) but more about the colour reproduction at the same level. Although some phones have poor viewing angles, it is perfectly fine to use when your face is directly aimed at it. However, with many of my friends smartphones even with the slightest turn it starts distorting the colours, giving an awful experience. So yes, it does matter.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:55

80. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And this is where Amoled screens shine. If tilted waaay off center it still looks like the screen, or almost like it.

I heard the One X screen is nice, seems like LCD's have gotten better. I hear the One's even better. The only way I will go back to an LCD screen is if it has the pros of Amoled or some of the pros. Viewing angles, blacks and contrast keeps me an Amoled fan for now.

Trying to watch Netflix on a bus ride on a sunny day....I came to appreciate my RAZR screen more than my Rezound's. Overall....the Rezound screen isnt all that great, and I feel the RAZR has a better screen.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 20:48

84. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Actually, my friends Note 2 is horrible for viewing angles...he agrees too, at around 45 degrees the colours are so distorted its crazy. Unless you have it on full brightness...but unlike my SLCD-2 which is very good in most viewing angles...id say LCD > AMOLED right now.

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 17:48

78. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Personally for me, I never put down my cellphone. I'm always looking at it upside down, while working out, while eating, while watching TV and tons more scenarios.....Well I'm a busy teen...who barely has a life....so Eff poor viewing angles.... I seldom and standing in an upright position anyway so I need good viewing angles...lol

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 20:36

83. Joshie7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

I care more about being able to see the screen outside in bright light

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