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Screen test iPhone, Android and Windows Phone flagships side-to-side: Lumia 900 wins

Screen test iPhone, Android and Windows Phone flagships side-to-side: Lumia 900 wins
Nowadays, a screen is most of what you see of a smartphone - screen sizes have grown to 4.7 inches as almost the norm for flagship Android handsets, and Windows Phone also has some 4.3-inch and larger devices. The only platform that sticks to 3.5 inches so far is iOS and Apple, but while that might change, it’s interesting to see how the best of the current three big mobile operating systems stack up in terms of display quality.

For Apple, the iPhone 4S is the most recent representative, Android is in turn represented by the HTC One X and Windows Phone finds its face with the Lumia 900. The screen sizes and technologies are different, but what about the actual image they show?

In order to get rid of bias, YouTube user foxfire235 took a picture with a high-end DSLR camera, the Canon 5D Mark II, and beamed it to the three handsets. Which one got the most pleasant colors? Turns out, the Lumia 900 is a clear winner.

It shows a well saturated image with lively colors, almost as if the picture was printed onto the display. The Lumia 900 uses a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen. Interestingly, the picture looks stunningly good even with the WVGA resolution of the display. The saturation is turned up a lot, and this might also contribute to the effect, but while purists might argue against this, it makes the image punchier, more impressive to the eye.

The HTC One X also showed how beautiful the picture is on its Super LCD 2 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 4S was also extremely detailed but saturation could have been a notch higher. Check out the video comparison below and let us know - which one you think did best?


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posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:25 21

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


As expected

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:39 17

8. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


CBD is so pleasant to eyes ^_^

long live Nokia

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:33 8

2. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


Well interesting.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:33 6

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


so ithing came 3rd lol. but wait for SGS III and then we `ll see who is the boss here

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:30 13

21. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


"but wait for.. xx", when are sheeps like you going to learn?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:34 8

4. clevername (Posts: 1429; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Title shoulda read "photo test: lumia 900 has best Colorado saturation".
The screen isn't up to snuff to win a real screen test. Once you pull up text that's painfully obvious.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:40 7

9. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


So true. Crank of the Nokia's saturation to make it look like a cartoon. What a joke.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:21 3

18. Obviously (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Completely agree... "most pleasant colors"? I like real tests better then make believe...

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:24 3

19. clevername (Posts: 1429; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Thumbed down because I thought of a more relevant title? I'm not bashing or trolling. Its like a question on a college assessment test "read the paragraph then choose the title that better fits theme of it." Some people take this way too seriously.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:34 1

26. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


thumbed down because of fanboyism.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:40 3

36. GellerDoesDallas (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


Lol!!! You calling somebody else a fanboy. That's a joke.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:26

42. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


typical braging of expesive Iphones continues tahhhaa and yet no review of Iphones comes out lame fans

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:34 8

5. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


nokia ftw~!!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:36 1

6. annonymous1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


seriously, you couldnt wait for the galaxy s3 or razr hd to come out before you did this?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:34 6

25. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


now couldn't I say, why not wait for 2020 before doing the test again? "i admit the fact that I'm sad and jealous because samsuck isn't there"

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 17:49 2

51. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Like always iPhone last place jaja

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:33 1

34. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)


Well if your always waiting around to compare the greats in the phone industry, your always going to be waiting. Their is always something bigger, better, faster that's going to come out. Why not compare the current top of there domains.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:38 8

7. c.hack (Posts: 514; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


How is this a real test if they crank up the saturation on the Lumia and then say the Lumia wins because it has the best saturation?

This "test" is a joke and so are the editors obviously.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:50 6

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Woa woa woa so for a change the joke ifanboy Victor H is reporting something not favoring the iPhone? SHOKER /S

Its quite simple pal. As said before retina means nothing but high resolution on a small display. While other's have included new technology in the screens you are playing with a tech that's over a year old .of course it got beaten.

Even when I agree looks on a display changes with perspective I must also say screen technology on those devices is much more improved .

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:38

35. ducati0927 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


source: foxfire235 via WMPowerUser // Not him reporting it, just relaying information. Jez

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 17:24

49. Penny (Posts: 1194; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I didn't realize I could adjust the saturation level on my Windows Phone. Thank you for that tip c.hack.

Oh wait. I can't. So they just compared stock phones. Oh well.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:42 2

10. robinrisk (unregistered)


Ohh come on! Put it against the galaxy nexus and then we'll talk. Saturation, contrast and high pixel density. its the best ccreen in the world so far. not some LCD screen.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:53 2

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The screen of the one X is not pen tile

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:33 3

24. robinrisk (unregistered)


at a PPI of 300+ you can NOT see individual pixels. Hell, unless i relly try hard i cant evens ee the pixels on my SGS1.

Pentile or RGB, you can not see the difference, 720P vs WVGA, you CAN see the difference.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:00

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


What I mean is that this is a non pen tile device test

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:07 1

30. robinrisk (unregistered)


Oh, in that case you're right.

Though the Galaxy S II's screen should be better. Amoled VS LCD amoled wins.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:08

31. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I had a sgs1 a couple yrs back. The pixels were actually quite easy to see. I sampled sprints galaxy nexus an hour ago and yes the pixels are visible if you try. I actually prefer my sgs2's WVGA screen over the 720p display on the nexus because of that.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:47 5

11. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 348; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


All isheeps and Android bulls are crying on road....ha ha
CBD is Great than Retina and SL2.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:57 6

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Well amoled is one of the best tech out there

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:19 2

17. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


And Nokia pays which company for this product? Yea, everyone knows it's a CBD. Essentially it's just a Super AMOLED with another polarizing layer. Are you telling me that Nokia will teach Samsung how to make screens? That Nokia screen pukes infront of a Galaxy Nexus screen. Things will only get better with SGS3.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:32 1

23. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


lol sfan.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 09:57 5

14. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


the nokias screen is simply the most well rounded and brilliant screen out right now. my eyes dont' looks at statistics. they look at screens. i went to atts store, tried EVERY single phone on different websites, and tried different wall papers...the nokia lumia 900 blew them all away...only real competition was from the Galaxy note. That was a close second in my opinion..but also is 5 inches..so maybe a tie? to bad the the battery life and app selection sucks on the lumia 900 or i would have kept it..i really liked that screen and nokia maps was very nice as well as the phone radio. build quality was also questionable, the mini sim holder is very flimsy and pokes out and also the camera on the back get scratched very easily.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:01 3

16. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Both lumia and one x looks gorgeous.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:28 4

20. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


iPhone 4 is going on 2 years now. It is about time that something caught up to it.

Like it or not, Apple did a good job on the "Retina" display for the iPhone.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:32 1

22. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


You guys are a bunch of idiots, AMOLED isn't necessarily samsung.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:36 1

27. adamross55 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


This is complete BS. The Lumia's screen isnt even qHD and the colors are extremely over saturated. Your comparing a phone that has 217 PPI against a phone with 326 PPI (iPhone) and a phone with 312 PPI (One X) Why is this website so skewed with its reviews and articles?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 10:57 3

28. asingha94 (Posts: 288; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


android fanboys are so sick!!!why r u guys so blind!!!lumia screen looks so gr8!!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:23 3

32. r41nier (Posts: 63; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


iPhone - undersaturated colors
HTC One X -almost correct colors
Nokia Lumia 900 - oversaturated colors

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:31 3

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


THIS IS THE STUPIDEST, MOST IGNORANT ARTICLE I'VE SEEN ON THIS SITE THIS YEAR.

He could've used any AMOLED (Galaxy S 1, for example) screen and get to the same conclusion - they have the most saturated colors.

The AH-IPS used in One X has scientifically measured data to back it up - several times more accurate colors than SAMOLED:

http://blog.gsmarena.com/lgs-yet-to-be-launched-4-5-ah-ips-mobile-display-scores-an-award-by-outclassing-samsung-galaxy-siis-super-amoled-unit/

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:56

37. peacekeeper05 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


You've got to be kidding me. when did color saturation became the only measure of who will win a screen test? It is only natural that amoled screen will have the most saturated colors. If you are going to compare Color Saturation only then use an android phone that has an Amoled screen like the Galaxy Nexus or the GS2.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:24 1

40. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


because you are a s-sheep.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 17:35 1

50. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And u are a prisonsheeeep.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:57

38. xfire99 (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Bad headline. HTC One X is not whole Android. Should be iphone 4S vs HTC One X vs Lumia 900. One phone dont stand for whole OS ecosystem.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:02 1

39. peacekeeper05 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Oversaturated colors= fake, unreal colors=Amoled.

The most stupid article on phonearena yet :)

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:24 2

41. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


the most stupid commenter here

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:30 1

43. haseebzahid (Posts: 1833; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


I heard that if some IFANS are taunted of their I-thingies there bloodpresure rizes and they get really really really angry for that no matter what

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 12:32 3

44. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


The picture that looks good to the eye is the nokia lumia 900. What is the point in having an hd screen, retina display, dual core, quad core, all these mean nothing. The test has proven that it's not about numbers or cores, it's about the final product and the user experience. I don't mind if a phone has a 200mhz processor, as long as it doesn't lag. I wouldn't buy a phone if it has 20 cores and yet it lags!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:07 2

45. Penny (Posts: 1194; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Let me preface this by saying I'm a WP7 fan.

This test was not designed to measure any objective category, such as highest resolution or most accurate colors (in which case, the Lumia 900 would certainly lose out). As they stated in the article, they were simply looking for the phone that gave them the most PLEASANT viewing experience. This is clearly a subjective matter, but one that is realistic because the viewing experience is what all that screen technology boils down to in the end.

Anyway, try not to discount the screen on the Lumia 900 just because of its standard resolution, or because you are a fan of another platform. This is especially true if you are saying that other screens are superior because they are AMOLED; the Lumia 900 uses an AMOLED screen with Nokia's Clear Black Display (CBD) technology on top of it, which reduces the reflectance. In essence, it is a saturated AMOLED screen that has less reflection issues and therefore looks better in most viewing situations.

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 13:10 1

46. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


The Lumia !!!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 14:17 1

47. 10aera (Posts: 31; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


In videos and images like the ones in this article is when I really notice that the iphone's design looks so outdated... look at the huge space in the casing up and below the screen... it is just huge... and the screen looks so tiny in relation to the htc flagship... it is like some years ago when everybody was holding a nokia n95 and the first iphone was announced... it looks simply wrong and out of fashion... or is it just me??

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 17:56 1

52. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I agree lumia worst design ever

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:25

53. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


wtf??!!

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 15:38 1

48. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Nice.
I want to see a Xperia S vs Lumia 900

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