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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: 293; 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: 4332; 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: 4332; 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: 1598; 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: 222; 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: 14255; 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: 5; 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: 4332; 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: 4332; 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: 14255; 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: 4332; 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

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