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Best display for outdoor use comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 vs Apple iPhone 5s vs Note 3 vs the rest

0. phoneArena posted on 02 May 2014, 08:25

Some phones are different than others: they can get brighter, they have anti-reflection filters, and it's generally much easier to see what's on their displays than on others…

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posted on 02 May 2014, 10:02

57. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

I don't know why most reviewers ignore a very basic problem of Amoled production yield: quality variance. In the past, I saw very different Note 2/S3/S4 displays with the same version (Exynos, Made in Vietnam). It's better with at least the GS5 I saw in stores, but it is still a problem of AMOLED production (coz it's still costly to produce).

So what is the point? Displaymate S5's screen may be simply different from Supercurio S5's screen or Anandtech S5's screen. And their reviews cannot tell 100% the fact of all GS5 consumed. I saw a lot of very good Note 3 screen, and some not-so-good also.

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:02 3

69. tedkord (Posts: 14242; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

That's true of any screen type, or any tech. My buddy down the street can buy an Intel CPU that over clocks 20% on air cooling with no issues, while u could buy the exact same CPU and mine can't even do 10% without overheating. There's no such thing as exact same quality.

Either way, though the S5 does have some distinct advantages, I think we're at the point that any flagship device 1080p screen is going to be good enough.

posted on 02 May 2014, 10:46

66. gigantos (Posts: 63; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)

And then Nokia 808 PureView got 4.698, the king in that department. That's no small difference, neither. But outdoor visibility is not the whole thing, and I can agree that Samsung recent flagship maybe have best displays around.

posted on 02 May 2014, 20:39

105. sniper1087 (Posts: 533; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

Is funny when you mentioned 2 nits, but the led lights on the buttons are as bright as max display that it bothers you anyways, this was mentioned on pocketnow on a podcast so you could verify. Even though is not a bad idea it is pointless, because is either have those lights or dont see them at all, and that is just a bad idea.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:44

146. y2kandroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2014)

So you think that Samsung is bigger than Microsoft. I think your facts are a little out of wack. Samsung 20.6 Billion Annual Revenue. Microsoft Annual Revenue 77.8 Billion nearly 4 times that of Samsung. You must be a politician because your facts are way wrong. Oh but their is more Google earned 57.86 Billion in 2013 and they own Motorola Cellular Phones. So there are TWO US Owned Phone manufactures that make Samsung look like a pip squeek. So it like open pie whole insert foot!

posted on 15 Jun 2014, 10:29

151. TAMARETTE (Posts: 182; Member since: 15 Jun 2014)

Time for you to gnosh on that foot. There are many different way to calculate revenue, the three biggest are the Financial Times Global 500, the Forbes Global 2000 and Fortune Global 500. I'm assuming you got it from the Forbes Global 2000, but even in that Samsung crushes Microsoft. Samsung's annual revenue is 320 billion, almost 5 times Microsoft's annual revenue. I have NO idea where you dreamed up that number.

posted on 16 Jun 2014, 11:58

152. FanBoyNot (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 May 2014)

y2kandroid, TAMARETTE: did either of you check the title of this post? Stay on topic please!

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:34 8

48. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

1520 was defeated by note 3 in gsmarena's display tests. Nokia's claim about outdoor visibility was false. Here above being no fanboy GS5 is easily the best, thanks to high brightness and low reflectivity of amoled

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:19 1

80. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Even in this photo which you have posted, S5 is looking better... are you insane or what?

posted on 02 May 2014, 14:17 2

89. SIGPRO (Posts: 1887; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

Lumia 925 600 Nits
Lumia 1020 600 Nits
Lumia 1520 660 Nits
Nokia 701 1000 yes 1000 Nits.

The Nokia 701 Symbian3 phone has 1000 Nits, no other phone comes close!

posted on 02 May 2014, 22:10

110. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Any source to confirm those stats ? I doubt 1520 goes upto 660

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:48

147. y2kandroid (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 May 2014)

Do you know how to google. Actually, Nokia cites 600 nits peak brightness for the screen, which is an excellent number, but only kicks in when bright direct light falls on the sensor, preserving battery in the majority of situations. The display can also be used with gloves and fingernails, as it sports the Synaptics supersensitive tech that finds its way in many flagships lately, and almost the entire Lumia lineup, too.

posted on 03 May 2014, 11:46

123. gamblor77 (Posts: 116; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

FYI - S5 is 698 nits auto brightness and listed as best screen ever tested on displaymate. Which is a very reputable site:


posted on 02 May 2014, 17:54 3

94. cheetah2k (Posts: 1746; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Nokia use Samsung screens anyways lol

posted on 02 May 2014, 17:58 1

95. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

I have a Lumia 1020 and Note 3. The Note 3 blows it way in outdoor viewing. Last weekend I got annoyed with trying to see the screen while filming some drag races. Now the camera on the 1020 blows away almost everything else.

posted on 06 May 2014, 14:11

142. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

But it cannot shoot videos with same quality as note 3.!
Note even beats the cannon 5D. !

posted on 03 May 2014, 11:55

124. gamblor77 (Posts: 116; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

S5 is rated the best display of any mobile ever tested on displaymate. 698 nits auto brightness and much brighter than the 1020's 600. If this was a camera test I would say 1020 no question, but display I give to the S5 no question.


My Note is perfectly readable in direct sunlight with auto brightness so the S5 will seriously kick ass. No room for outdated phones like the 1020... sorry fan boy. :P

posted on 04 May 2014, 03:29

128. zelase (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)

nope it cant beat s5 i guess ur having stupid lumia

posted on 06 May 2014, 12:30

139. jpraveensn (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)

The link above does show the comparison but I guess that's not sunlight at all

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:10 10

34. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

As I remember, PhoneArena based on the "on-paper brightness" to say that HTC One M8 has better outdoor visibility. And now the result is so clear, even Note 3 is better.

And I have no idea there are still ridiculous brain-less fans still chose HTC One M8 even it's very very clear above.

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:11 2

35. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Camera focus and angle can't determine winner, it's up to eye view.

posted on 02 May 2014, 09:48 11

54. buccob (Posts: 2741; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

S5 > Note 3 > iPhone / Z1 > One M8 > Nexus > S4 > One M7

posted on 02 May 2014, 11:04

70. zhiae (unregistered)

They are good but display of m8 is the most dirty that make it not fair enough

posted on 02 May 2014, 12:45

84. torr310 (Posts: 1088; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Screw it, they are all hard to read, even to see!

It is only easy to see when it's black and white. Maybe there is a mode would switch to B/W when it detects sunlight (can be turned off too).

posted on 03 May 2014, 09:49

118. UncleRoger (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2014)

Right on, torr310 - can I get an AMEN! Such a simple, elegant solution to the problem of outdoor viewing. Are you hearing us, Sammy?

posted on 04 May 2014, 07:07

131. true4494 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 May 2013)

According to the specs from samsung display blog, the max brightness of s5 note 3 and s4 is 351 310 and 287 respectively, the max brightness of nexus 5, m7, m8 and iphone is 436 358 496 and 502 respectively,I really feel very confused with the comparation result, who can tell me what happened?

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:49

134. LionStone (Posts: 852; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Yay, they 'finally' made a usable screen for people that are outdoors more than just walking to the car.

posted on 09 May 2014, 14:54

148. nedooo (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Well close so close are Apple, Sony and LG...and surely Nokia...I guess there are more that comes close (Blackberry...IGZO displays...), but here Samsung is a bit better then rest...for someone a hair is a big thing I guess it is a perspective of microbe ;)

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:28 7

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2227; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Everyone here will just go for the brand/phone they like.

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:32

4. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Obviously. (,--)

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