Best display for outdoor use: here's the (intergalactic) winner

Best display for outdoor use: here's the (intergalactic) winner
Last week, we took 8 of the best phones out there in the harsh mid-day sun for a photosession, and we asked you: which of those eight finest has the best display for outdoor use?

The sun makes it harder to read anything on any phone’s display, but some are noticeably better than the others, with less reflections and higher brightness that puts less strain on the eyes.

Best of the eight

You were the jury, you've done your job of voting for your favorites and the verdict is in. In an almost unanimous decision, you've voted that the Samsung Galaxy S5 does best outdoors, with its brightest AMOLED screen to date that trumps even traditionally brighter LCD screens. With a whopping 57% of your votes, the S5 has a commanding lead over another Samsung, the Galaxy Note 3 that came in second. Third and fourth came the new HTC One M8 and the Apple iPhone 5s, respectively, with the HTC being ahead just slightly.

Which phone has the best display for outdoor use?

Nexus 5
Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC One M7
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One M8
Sony Xperia Z1

The gold medal: on the podium

Next, we took out just the three best selling devices of the bunch: the Apple iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the HTC One M8 in a 3-way matchup. Once again, the Galaxy S5 got such an overwhelming advantage of more than 80% of your votes, that it seems like a clear winner, with almost no contest.

Which phone has the better display for outdoor use?

Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One M8

The battle for Android

Finally, we look at just the two top Android devices: the newly launched Galaxy S5 against the One M8. By now, it’s probably clear that one device with galactic ambitions will run away with this one: and it indeed does - the Galaxy S5, of course, comes up again with a crushing advantage. It got nearly 85% of the votes, while the M8 received only around 15%.

Which display do you prefer for outdoor use?

Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One M8



32. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Victor has been busy by removing comments about him and his unprofessional writings. He should move to Russia. Victor and Putin acts the same. Luckily in the free world everyone has freedom to comment. Even such crap like this writing. There is only one choise for the king of display. Its none of those above. Nokia Lumia 1520, Icon and 930 has the best displays. Now starting to count hours, when that useless reporter hits delete again.

30. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Well, I'll still wait for the metal version or the so called premium version of S5 before I plunge into getting my next flagship phone.

28. denmcdon

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Put the note 3 on auto brightness blows them all away.Must be on auto brightness.

25. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Nokia missing discredits this entire post. I have a note 3 and a Lumia 920 and on full brightness, the Nokia is better.

20. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Iphonearena messed up with the results. Note 3 wins anyday from the pics. Otherwise you got to be blind.

18. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Is it too much to ask for the displays to be cleaned prior to this comparison?

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I just wanna know who the girl in the picture is.

11. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Nokia 701 best ips for outdoors Nokia 808 best amoled for outdoors

9. twatts723

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2013

Lemme guess without even reading the article. They voted HTC One Mr the winner. Am I right? Lol

13. twatts723

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2013

Holy moly! They let Samsung win something?!

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I abstained from voting as it wasn't a fair comparison, lacking the Nokia flagships. Their ClearBlack displays are sublime, and we know Samsung has "borrowed" a lot of Nokia's screen tech, which is sad because Samsung ks trusted to make many of Nokia's screens.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

They only compared what they had on hand.

31. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Borrowed what? Amoled technology? Who are "we" here? I don't know. Nokia BOUGHT screens from Samsung, not Samsung is TRUSTED TO MAKE ok? So hilarious.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

SomeSong S5 wins. I can't believe I voted the S5 on these three polls lol. Btw, where is the Z2, G Pro 2 and Lumia 1520?

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No one knows where Z2 is. Not even Sony

27. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Isn't the name Samsung? What wrong with the spelling? And phones you mentioned after don't stand a chance...

5. RobVLC

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Where are the Lumia 925 & 930? Their screen is Gorgeous Outdoors!!

4. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

By far, Samsung Galaxy S5 is the winner here. Though Nokia Lumia 1520 and Icon are missing here...

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

They didn't wanted to let Nokia win.

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lumia 1520 lost to Note 3 in sunlight contrast (and also overall display) at gsmarena. Note 3 was almost twice as bright to Lumia 1520 in sunlight. So I doubt it would come any closer to GS5 which crosses 650 nits mark. Also, Samsung spends billions developing its amOLED tech unlike Nokia which borrows and just calibrates according to their needs. As for Nokia Icon its not an international device.

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Lumia 930 Still, no nokia screen found in this article. They have assertive display and clear black display tech. I call BS and hoax and any terms saying this is bad

21. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It might have lost to Note 3, but it can still compete against the Nexus, the one series and the fruit...doesn't mean they're not a worthy competitor. That should be checked. Talking about the fruit...the smudges makes me go wild!!!

22. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. I second that.I was merely providing info based on comparisons available on the internet since PA, apparently, chose not to include Nokia. Its probably because iPhone still uses GG1. Although, retina is such an old tech it is best amongst all of them when you ignore amoleds.

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Video pls

26. guidoconrad

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

GSMarena always picks Samsung as the winner. Even in scenarios where it does terrible, like software performance. So it's not a trusted source

29. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It doesnt exist anymore.

19. Supraman21

Posts: 471; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Um I definitely wouldn't say "By far".The S5 is just a tad better than the rest of the phones in comparison. You really wouldn't notice a difference in the real world.

3. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

SomeSong 5S is clearly the winner...

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

S5 has the best display, the rest are just using the same displays with minor tweaks.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Good point, it is a risk Samsung took and it may yet pay greater dividends.

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