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Summer's calling: Top 10 flagships with brightest displays

0. phoneArena 08 Jul 2014, 05:22 posted on

With July now well underway, it's safe to say that most of us will soon be on our way to sunny beaches. Summer can be particularly tough on smartphone users, especially when talking about using your handset under direct sunlight. Depending on a mix of factors, including screen brightness and cover glass reflectivity, the result can be a screen that is easy to make out, or one that is impossible to...

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posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:27

1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1016; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


and G3 has the highest resolution display among the 9th.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 07:17 2

18. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Heres a G3 failing the sunlight test.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k8ATR2P7G-Q

Other phones (S5 wins):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mn1Vk73LF0

All the dislikes/hate from fanboys is hilarious.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:28 2

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2744; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I thought the S5 reaches over 500 nits?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:36 15

6. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Well over 500 actually. The problem with PA's testing is that they only consider maximum brightness MANUALLY achievable. i.e. GS5's display goes even more brighter under sunlight which can't be tweaked manually.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-details-its-new-Galaxy-S5-display-the-brightest-most-efficient-OLED-screen-to-date-can-hit-698-nits_id54767

Displaymate got 698 nits approx:
http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S5_ShootOut_1.htm

Even gsmarena got 529 nits:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s5-review-1064p3.php

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:41 1

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2744; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ok. So it's like in Lumia 920 which I guess goes into maximum brightness only in automatic mode.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:49 4

11. Chris.P (Posts: 273; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Actually, that's wrong. The phones are set to automatic.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:58 3

12. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


But are they tested in sunlight which will truly depict its 'maximum' brightness ?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:14 3

24. Chris.P (Posts: 273; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Trust me, a lot of light is going in the sensor's direction. It gets cranked up as much as its hardware/software allows.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 17:47

32. TheGenius (Posts: 326; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Check comment #22

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:59

13. Iodine (Posts: 380; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yep. But that would look like displaymate results are somewhat twisted... Even samsung officially says 500 nits plus some manufacturing variations (+- 10%)

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:01 3

14. tech2 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Samsung said 698 nits:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-details-its-new-Galaxy-S5-display-the-brightest-most-efficient-OLED-screen-to-date-can-hit-698-nits_id54767

Displaymate is the most reliable and trustworthy name in the game.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 07:16 1

17. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Ya where is the S5? The display is awesome in direct sunlight, way better than most of the phones above.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:48 6

10. maherk (Posts: 909; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


That's why phonearena should stick to average articles, like best games/apps, leaks, hands on videos sort of articles, and leave this to the experts of the field. Once again they show their arrogance that their way of doing things is a concept that shouldn't be touched, and that automatic brightness is a big No No in our books of defining the maximum brightness of a phone, which is the best if used on the Lumia 925, 1020, S5 and Note 3.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:14 2

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1283; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Once again, PA puts out another article that has all the facts messed up.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 07:50 2

20. buccob (Posts: 1428; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Exactly... the problem here is that brightness is only part of the story.. the other parts are contrast and reflectivity of the displays

As much as I like Xperia phones, the Z2 is actually poor for today's standards...

The Galaxy S5 is actually one of the best.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:46 1

26. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1283; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They only know how to read spec sheets and run custom script. Nothing more. They even did a poll on the outdoor display comparison.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Best-display-for-outdoor-use-heres-the-intergalactic-winner_id55826

I think their writers don't even know what articles other have written. Go home, you're drunk!! PA!!

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:29

3. Duketytz (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Why is there a bonus? Too compelled to add in the S5?

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:47 1

9. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Well the GS5 actually goes beyond 650 nits, though it's not manually possible.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:31

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1016; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


and ppi......

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 08:07 1

21. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


PPI has nothing to do with sunlight visibility. 1440p phone displays are pointless, they are a waste of GPU power and battery life.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:34

5. bayhuy (Posts: 290; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


And Gnusmas failed again...

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 05:43

8. RobVLC (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


And Lumia 925, 1020? how many nits? they are really good for outdoors!

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 07:24

19. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The 920 is 325 Nits. The 1020 is 317.

They look really good outdoors because they use AMOLED displays instead of LCD.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 11:18

29. elitewolverine (Posts: 1593; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


also clearblack as well right? Where they polarize the light source.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 06:27

16. NIK01 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


The only phone I have to dim indoor is the droid mini.
The iPhone 5s and all the others here run on maximum brightness allways.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:03 3

22. o7o (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


PA, just at least look at your OWN articles for once before posting another!
In this comparison:http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Screen-comparison-G3-vs-Xperia-Z2-vs-Galaxy-S5-vs-One-M8-vs-iPhone-5s_id3747 you say GS5 gets up to 580 nits and you gave it a higher score than M8, and now it's reversed!

In this comparison between GS5 and Lumia 1520:http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-vs-Nokia-Lumia-1520_id3666 you said the GS5 had 442 edging 1520's 420 nits!! And here the 1520 has 707!

I'm beginning to question your credibility..

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:11

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3239; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


My nexus 7 2 has a very bright display. Just that it isn't a flagship phone. :)

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:35

25. AfterShock (Posts: 2802; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


My Nexus 5 is a good step up from my Nexus 4 in direct sunlight.
I am OK with 450 plus nits, where I live is called the sunshine province with a usual 200 days a year of sunshine and I work outside.
Anything better or higher then 450+ works for me.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 09:58

27. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3541; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The Lumia 1520 is a great phone... 9 months old, and still keeping up with newer devices... I just wish the "1525" comes with a SD805 instead of the 801, and an even better display.. I will be getting this device.

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 13:55

30. fzacek (Posts: 1661; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


QHD would be nice. It also wouldn't be much of a gimmick on that huge 6" screen...

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 10:09

28. PhoneCritic (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Seems PA did not look at it's own previous article before posting this one. This is a bit concerning as it would undermined the credibility of their test. Is this article the opinion of the author or actual fact? How can the S5 win in all prior similar test and lose in this similar test? the S5 gets a honorable bonus mention? These so call tests are very questionable.

posted on 09 Jul 2014, 03:52

33. Chris.P (Posts: 273; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


It's similar, not the same.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 20:27

34. o7o (Posts: 58; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


It's same if it's measuring the same parameter. Maximum brightness of a screen can't change from test to another!

posted on 08 Jul 2014, 15:10

31. pureviewuser (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Ha ha my. 808 pureview still tops them all in sunlight legibility

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:13

35. ROLZARN (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


why not out Blackberry q5 there.. it can power upto 900 nits

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