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Screen Comparison: Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 vs Xperia Z vs One vs Galaxy S III vs Lumia 920

0. phoneArena 28 Mar 2013, 09:42 posted on

The Galaxy S4 – the hottest Android smartphone right now... We're so happy that we had the chance to check this guy out early on! Not only did we enjoy it, but we also managed to get a lot of content done for you guys. One of the things we decided is worth checking out was how the brilliant 5" 1080p Super AMOLED screen compared against the other best screens currently available. You know, the usual suspects like the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, One and so on. Well, let us tell you this – the Samsung has done a wonderful job with the GS4's screen, although there's still room for improvement...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:52 3

74. soker38 (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)

Bravia displays always win

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:24 1

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

With SLCD3 + RGB

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:40

101. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Bravia has 3, Quatto has 4.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 13:34 5

78. supa_dupa (Posts: 78; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

ONE phone to rule them all!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:23 2

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


posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:15

141. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

Troll got trolled by the dislikes! LOL

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:04 3

79. zippolite28 (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

Iphone 5 the best ... and ppl are crazy about android ... 2nd is one ...lot of people don't like ios... but still u can like the screen... I m not a fan of ios or android nor wp... I m fan of me :p but still 920 best for sunlight

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:27 1

87. yero789 (unregistered)

I think that you guys have something against Nokia.I mean it's screen is one of the brightest screens,it's 600nits,and you say that it isn't bright enough.It has one of the best viewing angles,you say that viewing angles are just ok,not like iPhone,etc,etc. :/

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:47 3

89. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

I hate all PA review

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 18:39 2

110. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Then stop reading their reviews dumba$$...nobody forcing you too read them. Your just upset i know .

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:47 3

90. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

The ONE has the best screen!! ! Damn I just love LCD displays!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 15:47 2

92. GayAtheist (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)

Why are Phone Arena unable to admit a device other than the iPhone has won a comparison? The HTC One obviously has a better display than the other devices in this comparison, including the iPhone 5.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:37 1

97. arslanalikhan (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

1000000000000 percent phonearena is against nokia and iphnearena is there....
at the time of 920 every review every article shows that nokia 920 screen is better than iphne screen but ..... hw much apple is payin phne arena...through i m not sure abt htc one it a good 1 may b....
but but before reading dis article i know that iphne will b on top and itx proved shame on u phne arena

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:55 4

98. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Come on PA lol


posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:17 1

164. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Lol this just owned PA and their crappy bias reviews

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:57 1

99. james1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I am so confused on which phone to buy now...
Either the HTC One or Galaxy s4
HTC has the better screen build quality and speakers
Galaxy s4 has better a little bit better internal, software, features like smart stay and eye scrolling, and removable battery and micro SD card.

Which one should I buy....please tell me your opinion by replying to my comment....

Thank you in advance :)

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:47

103. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Just pick the phone that you will be proud of.

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 12:57

178. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

what the F*CKFHCV what is having a phone being proud of O_o

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 10:39

181. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Well, you can get a phone that makes you feel embarrasing..
it's totally up to you.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 20:39

113. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

If you are an Apple hater, then Apple gets an undisclosed amount off of each HTC One sold. That might be a factor. I know people who would never add to Apples 100 billion in pure profits.

Or it might not be a factor at all, just throwing it out there.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 22:06

122. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

remove better screenhttp://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-vs-htc-one-vs-apple-iphone-5-display-test-confirms-amoleds-can-finally-do-accurate-colors/

remove better build, watch the drop test, its horriblly horrible

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 22:14

123. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


the final hardware unit is louder than the htc One :)

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 12:28

171. porkolino46 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)

buy Samsung galaxy S4 it is the boss

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:41 1

102. BReND0 (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

@Phonedog.....Why was the LG optimus G not included????? Really an iphone 5 and galaxy s 3 and nokia 920. The optimus G and nexus 4 have gorgeous displays

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:51

105. pyradark (Posts: 852; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

That's ok, bravia kills everyone, you can check that on gsmarena display compare with S4. On youtube also versus htc one.

Mobile Bravia the best in viewing photos and video and thats all i need

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 17:52 2

106. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Looks to me like the Xperia Z won the Resolution side by side test.

Just IMO

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 19:33

112. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

lmfao... How can you possibly do a screen comparison without a direct sun readability test ??? We're not all hermits FFS

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 22:21 4

124. siberstorm (unregistered)

Wow you completely dismissed the screen modes of the GS4 like it didn't mean anything, when in fact it completely changes the nature of the image. The biggest detractors of AMOLED complain about its oversaturation and very poor color accuracy, but the GS4 has two screen modes, Adobe RGB mode and especially Movie mode, that make the color temperature even more accurate than the bluish iPhone/HTC One and significantly reduces saturation. Even without any special equipment to measure values it should have been blatantly obvious. It's also obvious what a rushed and amateur hack job a lot of these articles are. If you aren't going to do it properly, then don't do it at all, or at least link to an actual, credible test.

Just ignore this comparison and read this far superior one instead. It's at hi-tech(dot)mail(dot)ru. Replace the (dot) with a period. I can't post links yet. It's in Russian so use Google Translate. It is far more fair and scientific, with real measurements and data.

If it was a simple opinion piece, I would not mind this comparison. But it is not done in first person as an opinion piece, but instead as some collective and authoritative one, with PhoneArena's typical shoddy English.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 01:25 9

132. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

Best screen goes to
1- HTC one
2- IPhone 5
3- Xperia Z
4- Galaxy S4
5- Nokia Lumia 920
6- Galaxy S3.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 01:38

133. Trex95 (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)

I like Super Amoled on S4 but after i saw the comparison the new Super Amoled on S4 looks totally GREEN even more than S3. Xperia z looks even better than IPhone 5 Retina due to the better sharpness.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 02:02 2

134. Andrewtst (Posts: 631; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

GSMArena is not a trusted review site anymore, it review more biase towards Samsung.

From here close-up, it still obvious S 4 pentile AMOLED no way comparable with HTC One SuperLCD 3 or even the Sony Xperia Z TFT LCD on sharpness and details. This part never mention by GSMArena also, GSMArena only keep sourcing (try the best squeeze out) the best of whatever use by Samsung.

Beside this. GSMArena even can upscale resize the HTC One photo during compare with S 4. This is the most fail comparison.

Want more fair and better comparison and review, PhoneArena is a better and greater source.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 23:29

145. pyradark (Posts: 852; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

Phonearena is more biased, they dont even highlights the special features of xperia z, instead they all brag the negative while on s4, even its plastic and bigger ugly look they still praise,

Will you be able to praise the phone once u accidentally drop it and break.

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:57

147. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

huh, no display out there could destroy the amazing quality that amoled has. . its not abt realistic colors, its abt what u see :)

even u dont upscale it, and besides, s4 was downscaled to meet the 4mp of htc one..
and even the blind comparison here in PA says that GS4 is better than HTC One...
damn get ur facts dude

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 04:29 2

137. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)

"ONE" phone to ruine them all! :)

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:22

139. mkrmec (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)

Did the comparison forget to take in the fact that the AMOLED screens don't need as much brightness to equal LCD displays because AMOLED displays don't reflect as much sunlight as LCD displays so it's easier to see what's on it?

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 12:46

140. debugger919 (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Add LG Optimums G Pro's IPS display to the competition !!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 17:23 2

144. boricua786 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)

This was very Bias and a waste of a test.....that is all!!!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 00:47 1

146. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)

HTC ONE killed it!!

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 09:56

148. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

i think this is extremely against the galaxy

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 23:45

152. z00mflight (Posts: 3; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)

After about a year of reading PhoneArena, I can tell they have a bias towards Apple and against Samsung, and androids in general.

I don't know where they got their S4 from, but if I were Samsung, I would make sure they don't give them the phone at all, and give it to Phonedog (Aaron), MobiletechReview (Lisa), and GsmArena instead, because they're more credible.

For those of you complaining about the tint on the S4 screen, take a look below. I'm not sold, but I'll try the Adobe and Movie mode in store.


posted on 31 Mar 2013, 15:23

157. etotherescue (Posts: 39; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

IPS..........FTW but i'm surprised they didn't the Optimus G or G Pro in the comparison. The displays on those two phones look beautiful.

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 05:04

158. SanPS (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

I like Xperia Z most:)

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 14:03 1

159. Bumpingmobile (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

i'm in love with the Samsung Galaxy S4

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:43

160. kmnsbk (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

Highly biased article! OR am I having a problem with my "vision"? (OR may be with my laptop! :-))

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 22:09

161. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

HTC one wins

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:20 1

162. acca1386 (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)

It's funny how once the Iphone is surpassed in pixel density this spec is no longer definitive for choosing the better screen. Last year the so called "retina" display was the best because it had more ppi than the rest, now that it is more than 100 ppi behind it continues to be the best screen no matter what. I believe that some reviewers just want/need/are forced to keep saying that the Iphone is the best in everyway.. The same goes for the camera comparisons ;)

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:07

163. Bumpingmobile (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:20

165. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

the iphone 5 screen is great but when I compared it to HTC One X and S3 you can see its not up to their standards. I don't care about screen stats, I use my eyes to be the judge and I just read PA reviews for the Lulz @ how bad they are

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 01:15

170. kmnsbk (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

may be thats why apple has second highest marketing expenses for the last fincial year! ;-)

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 07:46

166. aklipii (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Dec 2010)

The One

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 22:13

169. PAmorons (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

Noticed this and only this site always posts Samsung;s screens with the heavy green tint? What the effing salespeople! SAMOLEDS have double amount green subpixels and they do not want them look like a s**t

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 20:20

173. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

My friend has the Galaxy S 3 and I was checking it out last week . We were outside and I had no trouble seeing the screen. It was a bright sunny and windy day. Seeing this phone has helped in making a decision for my next phone. I will get the Samsung Galaxy S 4 . I love the Look of the HTC One. It is my second choice.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 04:01

174. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

where are those fanboys who said Z has bad screen and viewing angles?
i think its better to think about your phones greenish color. LOL.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 14:23

176. Ninetysix (Posts: 2374; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

One word.


posted on 06 Apr 2013, 12:55

177. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

in a year or 2 SGS5 or 6 coming with 3D glasses and about 8 inch screen my guess not trolling but this is possible since people are not bothering about size of screen oh and i forgot a 4xOctacore processors working along just fine with still 2500mhA battery but reseult same Andoird performance 30Fps now 30fps later on but braggers will brag

posted on 06 Apr 2013, 14:14

179. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Can you guys update this when the Lumia 928 comes out? It's supposed to drop the Lumia 920's LCD in favor of a 4.5-inch OLED display(see the verge's post from today). I'm guessing the switch will lead to shorter life for the display (given OLED have a shorter life span), but i'd like to know how it compares to the 920.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:42 1

180. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

When it comes to screen it's only a two-way batlle: HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z/ZL. I'd pick Sony Xprias because they produce more accurate colors.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 14:08

182. LodeStar (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

omg just look at the whites of s4 & s3!! i miss amoled tho

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:16

183. X55526622233 (Posts: 17; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

The Galaxy phones are, s**t. they've made yellow out of white.?? sucks. Xperia phones does poor viewing angles. SERIOUSLY!! but true to life colors. Unlike Galaxy s**t. They're fooling us. I have xperia ion xperia z gs3 and htc one X+ that is why I know how fake AMOLED screens are. I have compared it to my phones that are using LCD screens. BOOO amoled. I don't know why the hell did I bought S3

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:24

184. kissily (Posts: 53; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)

Great comparism. At least I know know a little of smartphones I plan to buy.

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