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NOVA Display vs Super AMOLED Plus vs Retina Display vs IPS LCD

0. phoneArena 05 May 2011, 17:43 posted on

The LG Optimus Black has finally arrived in its final version and it brings an all-new display technology dubbed NOVA display for its brightness and deep blacks. First thing we did? We put it alongside three smartphone heavyweights for an ultimate screen showdown…

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posted on 05 May 2011, 11:02

3. Foreign Guy Who Can't Get Amer (unregistered)


*Foreign Guy Who Can't Get American Slang Right*

posted on 06 May 2011, 08:19 4

28. iPhone 4 (unregistered)


I have an iPhone 4 & I can say that the testing done on this site favors my phone. From what I saw from the tests conducted the Super AMOLED + won in color gamut. I wish my iPhone 4 had the infinite grays of the Super AMOLED +. Yes my iPhone 4 has the best resolution, but I want to see better colors for my backgrounds & for my games with the sweet blacks the Super AMOLED + has. Plus I really want a bigger screen also. 4.3 inches is so much nicer to see a movie & to play games on. I think the Galaxy S II is going to be my phone when it comes out!

posted on 06 May 2011, 08:31 3

29. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Well it looks like iPhone 4 sees the light. No but all kidding aside, the Super AMOLED + looks like a slick screen. I agree with you iPhone 4 that the color gamut should have gone to the Super AMOLED +, with it's insane contrast ratio & infinite grays it makes the color gamut only better. You are also right in screen size, playing games on a 4.3 inch screen makes a huge difference compared to the iPhone 4. The real-estate makes big difference in the movie watching & the game playing. I wonder how the qHD screen on the HTC Evo 3D with its higher resolution will fare against these big boys?

posted on 05 May 2011, 11:05 8

4. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


I am sure the Samsung Galaxy S II should have won for Color gamut....

posted on 05 May 2011, 18:11 3

5. Johnabis (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


wait which phone has the super LCD in the comparison above? thats the technology the evo3d uses I think right? i guess super LCD comes in last place to the 3 other displays?

posted on 05 May 2011, 18:41 7

6. herbie19999 (unregistered)


Samsung totally winss

posted on 05 May 2011, 19:02 13

7. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Wow, this site is run by total Apple fan boys!

It is scientifically impossible for the IPS display to have a wider color gamut than the SAMOLED+ display. You said it yourselves, the SAMOLED+ has infinite shades of gray, which directly correlates to a display's color gamut.

IPS was "slightly" brighter than the SAMOLED+? Looks like you guys are more than slightly biased towards the iPhone 4.

The only valid category the iPhone 4 should win is the PPI category.

Will you guys please put your iPhones down and try to write an unbiased, Apple Fan Boy laced article??? This is the reason why I stopped reading Engadget.

posted on 05 May 2011, 19:45 5

8. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I agree, I mean look at the wins, each technology has 2 wins (except for the LG optimus 2x hehe) but the end it by saying "it's the IPS-LCD that truly wins here". Just doesn't make that much sense.

posted on 05 May 2011, 21:11 5

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


welll maybe some things have more weight then others... the ppi of the iphone is extremely important... without a high res the screen doesnt look nice no matter what... honestly if apple can make such a high ppi screen, why cant lg or samsung? samsung even makes the darn screens!

posted on 06 May 2011, 03:09 2

19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


My Droid X, which arguably doesn't have as high resolution, still looks very nice. I'll take it over the iPhone 4 any day.

posted on 06 May 2011, 04:34 2

21. Sic_lusifer (unregistered)


sorry man but fyi Apple didnt "make such a high ppi screen" they just bought them !!

posted on 06 May 2011, 06:01 4

24. Iphonearena (unregistered)


In case you haven't noticed yet the "retina" display was developed by LG and not by Apple...

posted on 06 May 2011, 13:08 1

33. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


PPI is also, variable based on screen size. so the phone with the smallest screen would have the highest PPI.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 00:00

64. dharkness (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


You are wrong PPI = pixels per inch. that is the density of the pixels on the screen. The density of pixels does not go down if you make the screen larger.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 00:45 1

65. Yerdeniz (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


No, PPI totally depends on the size of a screen. (E.g Galaxy S II 4.27'' 480x800 resolution, ≈220 ppi. Samsung Wave 3.3'' 480x800 resolution, ≈283 ppi.)

posted on 06 May 2011, 14:48 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


resolution is important lucas, but your eye cant really tell the difference between super amoled+'s resolution and the iphone's resolution at normal viewing distances. If the iphone's screen were enlarged, its ppi count goes down and it becomes even more of a tie.

so if your eye cant really tell the difference besides maybe some of the most minor artifacts ever... how is the "retina" display even relevant other than fanboys screaming about the highest PPI??

Ill take better color, higher brightness, thinner and lighter screens, gorilla glass, better battery use, better viewing angles, and everything else the SA+ offers over the IPS, and lose that marginally better resolution that i cant really notice anyways.

posted on 06 May 2011, 17:33

42. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


retina is just a word for hight res screen on a certain size and no one is doing it maybe because apple may sue them, just saying...

posted on 07 May 2011, 10:11

47. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple doesnt own the "retina" tech.. LG does. Apple cant sue anyone over it.

If it was THAT important to be over 300ppi, other companies would be doing it already. as an article i read last week said, the difference between the SA+ resolution and the iphone4's resolution is about 5% extra clarity to the eye. Its not that big of a difference unless you stick your face on the screen.

posted on 07 May 2011, 13:04

49. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


they are suing over the use of a green call icon and other stuff..... at this point nothings surprises me.
people talk about retina as if it where some great discovery, but it is what it is, a hight res, there is nothing more than that unlike SAMOLED, and other tech that works hard on improving certain aspect (power saving and others)

posted on 06 May 2011, 05:43 4

23. Iphonearena (unregistered)


I totally agree with you Nexos and sadly it’s no secret that this site is run by biased Iphone fanatics.

It has been proven several times by independent sources that the Super Amoled displays have a much wider range of color gamut than the Iphone’s IPS-LCD display.

Here are the figures (google them if you don’t believe me, you’ll find them on several websites):

Color gamut Iphone 4: 64 %
Color gamut Super Amoled Displays: ~140 %

As you can see for yourself, the Super Amoled displays boast a much wider range of color gamut than the Iphone 4. Sure, some people might perceive the colors of the Super Amoled displayed as being over-saturated but you can easily adjust that by downloading software from the android market that allows you to fine-tune your display settings accordingly (if you wish to do so).

It’s easy to draw a conclusion from this “comparison”: If Iphonearena had done a fair review it would have awarded the color gamut category to the Galaxy S II and the SII would have been the overall winner but considering how biased Iphonarena is there’s more chance of hell freezing over than Iphonearena admitting that the SII is actually a better device than the Iphone 4…

Heck, this site doesn't even list its real street/office address on their website (just check their "about us", "contact us", terms or privacy site, you won't find their address anywhere!) because phonearena's office is probably located in Cupertino...

posted on 06 May 2011, 14:25

34. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Hahaha, good one! I wouldn't doubt that. Apple does a lot of shady things. Well, I hope someone comes up with a tech blog site that isn't secretly sponsored by Apple.

posted on 06 May 2011, 15:31

40. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah good luck! lol Apple has moles in all the tech blog websites. iGN.com, iPhonearena.com, iEngadget.com, and so on. Apple is like the KGB, an operative is always on the mission! The iSheep mission, to brainwash as many as they can & report to Jobs himself! lol

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 15:10

62. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


very ture

posted on 06 May 2011, 07:55

26. Dark4o90 (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Feb 2011)


will see next gen amoled displays from samsung

posted on 05 May 2011, 21:26 3

12. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Oh, PhoneArena, I remember why I liked you...

On a side note, I think the color gamut shoulda gone to the GalaxySII and the wide angle shoulda gone to the Black.

posted on 05 May 2011, 22:27 3

13. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


PhoneArena has the Apple fan admin....

posted on 06 May 2011, 09:28 3

30. phbelov (Posts: 124; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


All displays have won 2 times (except for the IPS LCD on the LG Optimus 2X). Or guys, you all write that iPhone is so bad device because you just can't buy it because it's very expensive for you? I think that the iPhone 4 is a great device.
Android phones are great as well.

posted on 06 May 2011, 14:32 3

36. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It's very expensive? The Samsung Galaxy S II will probably cost the same if not MORE than the iPhone 4 when it's released.

Are there still retards that think owning an iPhone 4 is a "financial status symbol"?

All it really is, is a symbol of technological stupidity. People who are dumb at technology buy the iPhone and it's great for those people. But that group is shrinking. More people around the world are becoming more tech savvy and want more than just a "dumb" smart phone that tells you what you can or cannot do. They want a smart smart phone that will do whatever you want it to!

posted on 06 May 2011, 19:19 2

43. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


believe me there are guys here that believe that, android is cheap iPhone... you really want to find a wall to smack them

posted on 07 May 2011, 00:50

46. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Agreed. iPhone is a great device and Android has some great devices. Can't we all just get along?

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