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Screen comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III vs the fierce competition

0. phoneArena 22 May 2012, 09:33 posted on

The screen is one of the most important assets of any smartphone. It's a window to so much stuff – entertainment, information, communication... It's pretty much the main feature of a mobile device. That's why when we're buying a high-end phone, we expect it to have ...

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posted on 22 May 2012, 22:08

55. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

S3 may not be the fanciest processor, but HTC sense bogged it down real hard. It performs way better on Xperia S and outperforms (with heavier specs) any fancy 2011 chipset powered phone thanks to Sony's nice implementation. I have used XS, GS2, and checked out few 2011 HTCs - so I can't be biased either.

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:36 1

17. Myrith (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

For content consumption like watching movies, I don't mind the colors being a bit on the saturated side (but not too much). However, for productivity like drawing and photo editing, I need the colors to be as natural as possible.

It's a shame that the Galaxy Note is made for sketching but doesn't have a neutral screen, and the phones that have great color calibration aren't good for sketching.

I'm disappointed at how blue the first four devices in the lineups are.

But even then, I might still go with the Note as my next phone.

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:36 2

18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Told you so - a few months ago i wrote thet SGS3's screen probably won't be better than that of One X.

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:41 1

21. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

everyone is raving about the LCD2. Had the SGS3 been RGB, they probably would have been a pretty even tie. Either which way, there is nothing to ACTUALLY complain about with either screen because you are not going to notice the pentile after about 5 seconds.

posted on 22 May 2012, 14:20

38. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

agreed, actually i think most people will be more impressed with samsung's screen.
if you look closely at the resolution photo - gaalxy s3 in fact does appear a bit sharper on the round edges of letters, than the One x - now factor in only 0.1 inch of the screen size difference(the frames are scaled to the same size) and it really seems like overall difference in sharpness should be negligible.

one thing left that i'd like to know about the sgs3' screen is whether or not it has the "black clipping" issue when watching videos.
at least that's what this great girl noticed with the galaxy note:(13:38 onwards)

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:36 1

19. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Where is the Xperia S and XPERIA P????

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:40

20. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

brightness shmightness.

I use my SGS1 in direct sunlight with sunglasses on and I can see it perfectly fine, and better than any LCD I've used.

of course, i havent tried LCD2 yet. :)

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:30

63. wendygarett (unregistered)

Advise to you dont try... you will be addicted :)

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:47

22. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

The huawei ascend d quad has a super IPS LCD display. That would've been a good one to test too.

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:03

24. ph00ny (Posts: 1443; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Display mode existed in SGS2 and Galaxy Note. Did you just find it with SGS3?

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:21 1

25. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

But at the end,samsung have awesome screen technolgy

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:32

26. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

In my opinion, for daily use, I would be looking forward to a more impressive screen rather than a more detailed one...And im not going 2 look at my phone so closely as if I wanna kiss it, so the Pentile doesn't really matter for me.

posted on 22 May 2012, 11:36

27. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

Anyway, its not about which one is better, it comes down to your preference.

posted on 22 May 2012, 12:25

30. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

why is all the AMOLED screen has a blueish or yellowish haze on the screen.

posted on 22 May 2012, 21:53

54. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Cause they are all garbage. Black level is the only thing going for them. Heck they are nasty pentile too! I love how those amoleds crap out on battery life when it comes to browsing - a major use of smartphones.

posted on 22 May 2012, 12:29

31. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

outdoor visability on LED is extremely better than LCD and viewing angels are best on IPS you got it all wrong id take my nexus screen over lcd any day black on lcd looks horrible but on led just pops out any color around it and screams premium.

posted on 22 May 2012, 19:03

49. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

okay fanyboy

posted on 22 May 2012, 13:02 2

32. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)

Love my HTC One X, for once Phonearena actually makes me feel proud for buying it! :P

posted on 22 May 2012, 13:06 2

33. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

WHY NO LUMIA 900??!!

posted on 22 May 2012, 23:55 1

58. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

because all handsets featured will get blown away by lumia... xD

posted on 22 May 2012, 15:21

39. medicci37 (Posts: 1330; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Still, Samsung should gave used a rgb amoled or a lcd screen like the one x. My nexus has the same screen with higher ppi. & the black (which is supposed to look better on amoled) truly sucks. I have always used solid black as my wallpaper. But you can see alot of white goin thru the black when the lighting is dim (looks f*cKin awful).When watching a movie it is even worse. With the sglll having a bigger screen, & pentile display, the sglll should have the same res as the Note. If you have decent vision, you will definitely notice pixelation. Between the screen & ram, it's not much of a upgrade from my 2011 Nexus. On a Un related topic, turns out that article about Pakistani women using cellphones was BS. That's why PA pulled the article. So I guess all the Pakistanis who were said so were right.PA should have printed a retraction, or start checking facts before printing something.

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:07 1

40. anshul0000 (unregistered)

they are missng xperia s........it has 342ppi....

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:28

41. TMach (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

I am not sure you should be doing this kind of test without the Xperia S with its gorgeous display.

No credibility to this article the Xperia S screen, has the highest pixel density and the best screen until the One x came along. As much as I love my One x, the screen on thge Xperia X would get my vote.......342ppi

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:31

42. remixfa (Posts: 14600; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

to all the experia fans. you notice something that all these phones have in common that the xperia does not ? sales. no one is buying the Xperia. nice screen or not, its badly making a dent in sales.

posted on 22 May 2012, 18:53

47. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)

ouch. a bitter truth. can't agree more

posted on 22 May 2012, 21:27

53. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Says the most ignorant fanboy. This fools thinks Samsung 'makes' Ax for Apple - LMFAO. Never thought ignorance could be this pathetic. He also made up stuff saying One X display was made by s**tsung - an utter BS. Who gives a crap about sales - we're having a display comparison here. Xperia S display craps over any pentile garbage shown here in terms of clarity and color reproduction.Oh wait those are pentile but you can't see it and it lasts longer. How lame! Now I don't blame apple for saying ' you're holding it wrong'. Jeez, some people just make up stuff to fill their insecure fanboy worlds.

Selling phones for a 2nd-tier carrier like T-mobile won't give you much idea about sales anyway.

posted on 23 May 2012, 04:39

65. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)

told ya it's a bitter truth. xperia s is underrated in some part of the world. sony need to work harder in marketing, we both know xperia s is one of the best

posted on 23 May 2012, 03:30

62. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

they don't make sales in the U.S.
and since this is an U.S. site, xperia fans should connect the dots.

in the rest of the world, they make about 6 million per quarter - better than moto droids or nokia lumias.
anyway i agree that xperia s is not a big hit but in europe it is a significant name on the market

posted on 23 May 2012, 12:06

70. dmn666 (Posts: 244; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

I don't think it's a US site. They cover all European/Asian phones and reviewers are from all over the world. That's why Xperia S should have been included.

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:33

43. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)

Why did they zoom in on the One X's display...?

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