Best display for outdoor use comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs Note 3 vs the rest
We set all the devices we had to automatic brightness as that's the settings that we think most people will use, pushing every other possible brightness option to the maximum (we also enabled Adapt display for Samsung phones, a setting that boost display luminance even higher). Here's what we found out.
Display outdoor visibility for top smartphones
First, it was time for a general test for which we compared all the smartphones we had with us. We had 8 devices: the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S4, the Note 3, the Nexus 5, the Apple iPhone 5s, the Sony Xperia Z1, the HTC One M8, and M7.
It was time to double-check all the settings, and once again make sure all displays are tuned to auto brightness. In the images below, you'd see that on one or two of the phones, it's so hard to see what's on the display that you might think the screen is turned off. It is not - the sun just shines so bright that it's nearly impossible to make out what's on the screen. Others, on the other hand, were much easier to read and you could even notice tinier details in the images we displayed. Take a look and let us know, which one you think looks better in the sun.
Three-way: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Apple iPhone 5s display outdoor visibility comparison
The battle for the Android top: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 display outdoor visibility comparison
Finally, we decided to leave just the two top Android devices for this year: the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Which of the two does better in the sun? We already saw how the Galaxy S5 has the brightest AMOLED display to date, and in the sun, it should be able to go into overdrive with Adapt display on. At the same time, we have the HTC One M8 that features an LCD display, a technology that does not have the same difficulties with high brightness as AMOLED. So which one does better? We leave it up to you to say.