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Super AMOLED Plus vs Super AMOLED vs Retina Display

0. phoneArena 13 Apr 2011, 07:03 posted on

PhoneArena pits three of the most advanced screen technologies on existing smartphones, to find out that IPS-LCD on the iPhone 4 is still the brightest, but Super AMOLED Plus beats in almost every other aspect...

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posted on 13 Apr 2011, 07:25 5

1. rtimi (unregistered)


Wow, and people thought the retina display was so good. the truth is that the smaller screen gave apple the advantage, but we are proud of our SAMOLED+ for coming out to show the world that AMOLED is better when tweaked correctly.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 08:03 2

3. Kjayhawk (Posts: 282; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I don't mean to be that guy, but the iphone 4 is a year old... So no doubt we would see an improvment

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:32 2

7. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yeah, let's try this comparison when the SII is actually on the market in multiple countries. By then Apple will have a 3.9" Retina display.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:42 6

8. 3MTA3 (unregistered)


wait wait wait wait....not 3.9! That's not how crapple works my friend. If anything they will go with a 3.6" on the ifone 5, then next year a 3.7 then the year after 3.8 THEN, three +years from now a 3.9. Just hold your horses son, don't push the fruit company too hard now. You ask for too much and predict technology that is unheard of yet. DOH!

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:48 10

9. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They'll still find a way to spin a larger display like it's a huge innovation. "We've done extensive medical research indicating that the average human thumb is unable to navigate screens larger than 3.9". This is the world's first ergonomically sized screen in a smartphone. We call it the Retina-Thumb display."

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 16:03 2

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


Despite this i prefer 4.3

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 17:09

29. isaiah (unregistered)


lol your SOOO right that made my day xD screw those apple fanboys rating your comment down :p

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 19:28 1

22. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


This is a FAIL test

Can anyone see any of the SAMOLED screens out doors??

No, I didn't think so

I'm not an iPhone fanboy, but the iPhone SLCD is the only one that works with the sun blazing down

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 10:57 1

24. biggles (Posts: 212; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)


Thank god we don't live on a desert planet with no atmosphere and multiple suns, right? Between clouds, shade, roofed structures, and general planetary rotation, direct sunlight visibility isn't the end-all be-all of display testing.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 06:26

30. Toshu (unregistered)


Am I the only one who don;t have problems with viewing my Omnia 7 out of the sun?!

posted on 04 May 2011, 23:18

32. Sharkaat (unregistered)


Nope, you're not the only one.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 09:19 1

36. bloodymurderlive (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Actually, the SAMOLED+ screens are clearly visible in direct sunlight. The Retina Display has a far lower contrast ratio (800:1), so it *has* to be bright to be usable in sunlight, or else the contrast quickly washes out. The SAMOLED+ screens, which have roughly a 40,000:1 contrast ratio, are at least as usable in direct sunlight as the Retina Display, because their brightness is comparable, yet they don't need as much brightness to prevent becoming washed-out thanks to their contrast ratio.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:09

38. jeepster40 (unregistered)


Seems to me the author is saying he like the iPhone screen better??? Maybe you missed when he said the colors are more natural. That means they look the way they are supposed to not artificially enhanced. The only place he even gives samsung a little nod is saturation... So yeah WOW the Retina display is that great and is still better even being a year old... less the a month until the gap gets wider samsung...

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 06:04

44. omniknight (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


natural ??? i think it applies for camera clicks not for display... wat does a natural color means when u r looking into the phone for reading text or browsing.. wat the .....??

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 07:27 6

2. simpleleong (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)


Samsung Galaxy S II FTW!!!

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 12:30 5

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


look how cute that little iphone4 is next to the bigger badder phones. It looks so small.. like a chiuaua next to a doberman and a dane. lol.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:12

39. jeepster40 (unregistered)


Yeah who wants a tablet in their pocket??? Not only does the iPhone look cute next to those other terms its still looks better. A whole year of trying and the others still lag...

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 18:16

43. mooseolly (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


This is the problem with ixxxxx, 3.5 inch to them will always be the perfect size, anything beyond 4" is a tablet size to them. And when the year 2012 came out with a 4 inch iphone, they will be bragging how perfect their screen size is. It happens all the time for ixxxxx, that's y people like you disgust us.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:07 5

4. Xpple (unregistered)


It's that nice 4.3" screen that's the win. . .less than 4" on a phone is useless.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:10 4

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


To each his own. I think more than 4" on a phone is a gargantuan.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 11:08 2

10. VZW Rep (unregistered)


I tend to agree. I love my Droid X, don't get me wrong, but has it really gotten that crazy that a 3.7in screen is considered "small?" That was what I thought was about the perfect size for a smartphone a year ago when the Incredible launched.

The line between tablet and smartphone is getting really blurry (aside from ability to make calls, of course). I've heard of the Dell Streak being referred to as both by employees. I'm just wondering, size-wise, what the dividing line is according to manufacturers at this point.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 11:37

11. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Probably about that size...5". Personally I can't see someone holding a Streak up to their ear, but I thought the Droid X looked silly too. I'll consider one of these 4.3" phones if I have no other option in an LTE phone, but I prefer how the SII is compensating by making it thinner as well.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 08:02

42. Sleepaway (unregistered)


In terms of specs and the screen, the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II seem to be pretty close with Samsung Galaxy S II taking the lead. The Retina display truly is still remarkable despite the lower contrast ratio when you do actually use the phones. The Super AMOLED Plus is a great screen that while it has great contrast and saturation, it's hard to go from being used to seeing a 326dpi screen to a mere 200dpi being that the screen is blown up. In terms of design, Apple's industrial design is the reason why it has stayed on top. From the basics of material choice to the assembly. Size and scale becomes increasingly important as the space around a product has to be also factored into a composition. The stainless steel band juxtaposed with the chemically strengthened glass is a marvelous design feat while maintaining a great sense of balance and sturdiness. The Galaxy S II's design is similar but choice of material and scale being said, contrary to the ridiculous notion of "bigger being better" the fact is they can make a phone bigger but then our hands and pockets would have to be bigger too. Also, decreasing thickness and increasing area is a surefire way to step towards more flimsiness and the likelihood of the material giving way under pressure especially if you choose plastic. In the end, it's just preference.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 11:59

12. VZW Rep (unregistered)


There's a few 4" screens coming out- if I'm not mistaken the Bionic will be that size, and so will the Samsung Stealth. Not official specs of course, but they're coming out relatively soon and the rumors are that's the size they'll be. But yeah it seems that by and large none of the manufacturers have anything smaller than that in the pipeline for LTE.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 12:29 2

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its not so much the display, but the size of the phone itself. What i like about the galaxy2 is, its only a hair larger than the galaxyS but it adds .3 to the screen size. Unlike phones like the droidX and Evo which are way bigger over all to achieve the same screen size.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 13:00 1

15. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I think all the phone makers are making strides in packaging. The 4" Atrix isn't much bigger than the iPhone, and much smaller than last year's 4" Captivate. I'd like to see Samsung (with the SII) and Apple (with the iPhone 5) both push the envelope with how much phone they can fit in a moderate size.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 16:08 1

17. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I know right? I mean since when did they start making 3.5 screens for phones? Everyone has 4.3 displays for their phones even before the iphone. Right? Lol.

posted on 23 Apr 2011, 06:30

31. Toshu (unregistered)


I'm more than happy with my 4" Omnia 7 :P I think it's the best display I've seen so far, iPhone's 4 has more resolution but when I put the same colorful picture on iPhone and my Omnia ... guess who is the winner :D

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 09:13 3

6. IOS5 (unregistered)


Super Amoled and Super Amoled plus I think the same but the deference only in super Amoled plus more contrast better pixel but still retina better cus of the pixels.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 16:09 1

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


you won't look at the screen from 10cm sooo amoled + is perfect

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 17:18 1

19. IOS5 (unregistered)


If you think that Super Amoled it's the best hands down! It's BURN EFFECT display don't believe me google it.

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 11:01 2

25. biggles (Posts: 212; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)


Except that you don't know any details about the blue oled pixel efficiency/lifetime in the newer display. If the display uses less power as advertised, the oleds are likely more efficient, don't need to be overdriven, and will therefore be less prone to image retention. Do a little homework next time.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 18:06

20. me (unregistered)


Are you all working for Samsung? I mean seriously which one of the pictures above proves that the 1 year old retina display, which BTW is also made by SAMSUNG, is worse that the other two?

I mean seriously, What Are You Smoking?

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 08:14

23. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I didn't know what a difference AMOLED would make until I bought one. The contrast is better, the colors are richer (not more natural, just more vibrant), and the viewing angles are wider. Now that they've worked Pentile out of the system, the only downside is they haven't started making high pixel density (ie smaller) screens yet.

That said, the retina display is amazing as well.

posted on 14 Apr 2011, 11:04 1

26. biggles (Posts: 212; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)


Clearly nothing as bad as you're smoking if your eyes are so shot that you can't differentiate between the contrast and color levels. Maybe you need a new monitor on your PC...or maybe you're looking at the pictures on your retina display so the contrast and color is washed out on the entire picture - LOL.

As noted below, LG makes the retina display, not Samsung. Thanks for playing, though.

posted on 13 Apr 2011, 18:12 1

21. IOS5 (unregistered)


Retina made by LG not by Samsung.

posted on 17 Apr 2011, 08:59

27. Monarky (unregistered)


Bullshizt!!! .....Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus has 30% more sub-pixels arranged much like IPS, but more importantly it makes it's own light. Therefore response times are near instantaneous. Unlike all IPS screens even back to their roots, have always had response times better suited to static images than Action Videos or Games!!!

The response time of Retina is an abysmal **** 25 MS **** yes a snake could strike you DEAD in that time. While Super AMOLED is 0.01ms and there simply isn't anything faster! So.... if all you do is read iBooks and look at porn pics and vids in slow motion on your phone then CrApple's iPwned 4 is the device for you!!! lol... I may like a little porn, but I'd rather be speed bumping and pumping bitoches in real life than checking shizt out on my iPorned 4 I can't hold while making a call!!! :P

posted on 21 Apr 2011, 05:15

28. Ricky (unregistered)


Sorry i have Samsung Galaxy, and on a sunny day a can see very good the display.

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 18:42

33. mee (unregistered)


i happen to own a galaxy s2, and there is absolutly NO problem looking at it in the sun...

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 17:59

34. MNMinn (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2010)


Does polarized glasses effect display quality?

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 03:48

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posted on 14 Aug 2011, 00:14

37. Sam Abble (unregistered)


*facepalm* Fanboy fite again. U totally ruin every single discussions with ur utter bs. Try to learn to discuss like sivilized persons and give proper opinions oh and stop lying to urself gddmnd. Anyways, I own atm SGS2 and iPhone 3G. Mostlikely my Sammys screen doesnt work well or then it is just crap quality bcs the color gradients are not smooth, the camera has pink area in the middle of the screen and that pink area is on the pictures as well, on and the phone freezes 1-3 times per day... and when the phone automatically adjust the brightness of the screen it totally ruins the outlook by making colors and gradients look even more ugly. Funny that I recently have read that many SGS2 owners have the same issues I have. This doesnt build any good name for Sammy. My old iPhone 3G has better looking screen quality no doubt atout it. And In fact Android phone has ONLY ONE benefit over the iPhone. The possibility to build the UI look more unique with thousands of widgets. Sad that the more u build the more unstable phone u get. Anyways, when u get ur attitudes fixed, which I hardly believe, u will realize that both phones are capable to give u what u expect from the phone so u can be satisfied. Ofc u can continue to be fanboy dolts and close ur eyes from the strong points of the phone which ever is ur "enemy brand". Have a nice day.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 17:14

40. jeepster40 (unregistered)


Yeah who wants a tablet in their pocket??? Not only does the iPhone look cute next to those other terms its still looks better. A whole year of trying and the others still lag...

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 14:01

41. Shekhar (unregistered)


Hey wait a minute apple rocksss man n droid is just a copy of apple
So why does samsung launches every single droid after apple,
Cuz they can copy the functions n other thing of apple
So guyss with droid be on ur limit cuz no one dates to cross
I phone......

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:26

45. gowtham.n.mail (Posts: 11; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


All 3 types of screens are manufactured by samsung :)

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