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What's the benefit of having an HD screen

0. phoneArena 26 Oct 2011, 11:04 posted on

Okay, so it looks like we're making quite a big deal out of the fact that we're beginning to see phone screens sporting HD resolutions. With all this hype around such displays, like the ones present on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note, it seems logical that we should also be well aware of the extent to which we're actually benefiting from this...

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posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:01

32. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Absolutely not offensive. But when you throw around false facts with picture proof right next to it, then it deserves to be called out.

"with the 4.65” HD Super AMOLED screen being just a tad behind the 3.5” Retina Display"

This being what I'm talking about. This article is not pro Nexus. All I am saying is the words are not supporting the facts. There is no opinion meant to be put across here. I agree both have great screens but simply looking at the pictures with a good eye will tell you the clearness of the text is a tiny bit better on the Nexus than the iPhone.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:08

34. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


In those pictures, I think black text looks better on the Nexus due to the higher contrast of AMOLED, but gray text looks better on the iPhone. PA had their own judgment call based on the picture, but it's very close and very subjective in this case.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 21:12

51. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


blacks will always look best on an Amoled... its impossible to look better. Amoleds turn the pixel off completely when its black. Which gives it infinite contrast.

Thats also a big part of the reason gingerbread was progressively darker than 2.2 and ICS is based on black areas. ICS was designed to be used on Super Amoled displays. The darker it is, the more battery you can save.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:22

35. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


not real sure about that.

the pentile coloring really comes through on the nexus (greenish tone). this hides the faint grey around some of the letters. i really dont see one being better than the other, i just see difference. its strange the 'e' in each pic looks a bit different too.

the first time i read the article, i just saw the ppi being a bit better, but it seems they are also seeing a slight edge in sharpness too. i am sure their pics are better evidence than what we are looking at (a posting of a pic subject to our own screens' resolution)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 21:09

50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, unfortunately we have a few "taco and gallito's" on the android side of the fence too.

i dunno. i never really thought resolution was a big problem on the bigger phones. i get them so i can read text larger and still see more at the same time. I dont normally put my nose on the phone to read.. lol.

either way, gotta love progress. :)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 15:26 2

38. SweetLou (Posts: 17; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


If an article so much as mentions the iphone, people rush to the comments to scream bias. If he actually read the article, he might understand that it was merely an informative comparison article.

Assuming people actually read the articles they comment on is obviously ridiculous these days.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:49 2

11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


in real world, they just have the same resolution. resolutions that you can't determine which one is better.

so the main factor to consider then is the screen size.. bigger is better..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 11:52 2

13. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


In general I'd agree, but not for everyone. I wouldn't recommend a Nexus to a girl with tiny hands.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:23 4

24. burnetet (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I bet the girl with tiny hands would tell you that bigger is better. :)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:43

30. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


There's such thing as too big. >:)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 21:13 1

52. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats NOT what she said. :)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:40

29. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


right, and as far as screens smaller than 4", 800x480 looks great.. and of course android is about choices..

as for Apple, if you want a bigger screen, you get the iPad.. =)

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 13:02

33. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I know of a 4'11 girl that loves her 4.3 inch phone.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:06

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


they do not have the same resolution in the real world

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:08

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


maybe the same ppi bu not the res

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:37

28. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


alright smartass.. what i mean is you won't really notice the difference when you put them side by side.. yes the paper says this and that but your eyes wont notice anything different..

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:46

31. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


My eyes don't see resolution, they see ppi. It just happens that because the Nexus has a much bigger screen it needs 50% more pixels to match the iPhone.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:01

16. Lion86 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Andriod is way a head of the Iphone there screen is 3.5 that's y they can fit so much pixel density on there screen because is is very small I would like to see them do the same thing with a screen bigger then 4

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:02

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Maybe it just comes down to pricing as some Androids are going for 299.99 with 2 yr contract and the iphone 4S 32GB is the same deal. Each consumer has to weigh what they value in a phone and go with what they really want. Some want the iphone because it is an APPLE product with an 'i' at the beginning. My wife likes the 4, because she feels the 4S will have too many issues at first and the 4 is on clearance. Problem is that the 4 is almost out of inventory to where all that is left is an 8GB model and she wants 32GB. Her perception of Android is that it is too complicated. I feel that once I get the SGS2, and even if I do not root it and upgrade it to ICS 4.0, that she may come to realize that the phone is easy to use.
My gripe with iphones is the battery and memory being non-removable - memory more so than battery, and you can use iCLOUD to move stuff and store it, but will cost 25.00/yr at some point. SGS2 is 199.99 and memory to expand to 48GB would cost 100.00 or less and I have DROPbox and MINUS for all of my storage needs, as well as other programs like SPOTIFY for music and even other countless apps.

It just depends what suits you and what you feel is best for YOU.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:06

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


Next step i 1080p..it's insane and useless.
I wonder how battery works with that kind of screen.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 14:43

36. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


7" tablet for 1080p!
314.7PPI.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:12

22. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


What weirdness is this, that photo comparison of the fonts up close is a little weird. First why are they both not using the exact same font style? Up close the iPhone looks jagged and the nexus has color matrix easily viewable, who the hell has their face that close to the screen? The photo side by side in the dark is much better, and the Nexus is absolutely huge, but the screen colors are off and look a bit yellowish while the iPhone looks white(er?).

Nexus screen output might be lower and accuracy might be a bit lacking. First generation teething problems I take it. But looks good though, anyway back to my cubby hole.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:24

25. ygswagg11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


i am very happy to see this type of article seem so un-bias unlike engadget just out right bashing the nexus prime aka GALAXY neXus the HD 1280 by 720p screen is going to be crisp point blank period people dont have no knowledge how screen resolution,pixels rgb pentile etc work so they bash soon they see 316 ppi vs retina 326 ppi and think because the numbers arent the same its not as good as retina well u are all wrong whoever thinks that soons its released u will all see how gorgeous and crisp it is once u have this beast in your hands.. PA keep the un bias articles coming we all enjoy that keep it real site...with that being said retina display had its time to shine but now it must bow down 3.5 is too small for u to actually game,watch movies etc......so this hd screen will be a joy to have,,,

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 12:34 1

26. koutrelakos (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Coming from an OG Droid, Incredible, and the 4" Incredible 2, the added width on my 4S makes the difference in screen size negligible. I have medium sized hands, almost able to perfectly work a phone like the Incredible 2 with one hand. The Prime is just a tad bit big, though. Not everyone wants a screen this big, and that's the joy of personal preference.

One can't just make a statement like, "A 3.5 inch screen isn't suitable/big enough for mobile gaming," as a fact. That's an opinion. Would I like it to be 4 inches? In an ideal world, yes. But as it stands, it's easy to play Need for Speed, and the screen response is unbeatable.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 19:09

46. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea its opinion about gaming and watching videos on a 3.5 inch screen but..

After using my Droid X and Droid 1...I do most all that stuff on my Droid X if I can help it. I got netflix and I dont even bother using it on my Droid 1.

IMO....gaming, web browsing and watching videos is better on a screen bigger than 3.5". 4" screen is ideal to me and the lowest I will go now.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 17:28 1

42. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


I've notices there are a lot of retards that posted in this article...

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 19:04

45. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Whats the benefit? To say you have an HD screen...didnt you know?

Seriously...I agree with a bigger screen the higher screen res makes it better. On a phone as small as the iPhone 4 or Droid 1 it seems like a waste now after using the Droid X.

On a technical note only Android phones in the US are catching up. There were Android phone(s) out overseas with the same screen res as the iPhone 4.

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 22:40

53. schinnak (Posts: 99; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


They missed out the main benefit. In 720 P when you scroll, there will be less blur. Also, when there are flash based banners or movements in the website while browsing, HD screens will have less blur and the image will be more crisp even while moving.

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 04:56

54. saiki4116 (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


tablets dont need insane pixel densities because you would not hold a tablet as you would hold a mobile...ie you would hold somewhat far from your eye,that is why you are not bothered about pixel densities on a 21" or 27" full hd display.i think that we need high pixel densities for mobiles..

posted on 27 Oct 2011, 08:43

57. aravinddr (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


HD screen clarity mainly depends on type of backlighting used my LCD used in the specialized devices....AMOLED or any LED display with its own LED backlighting providing better ppi and low consumption of battery charge......

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