Colorblind - here are 10 of the most color-inaccurate smartphones out there

Colorblind - here are 10 of the most color-inaccurate smartphones out there
Last week, we sang the odes and praises of ten of the most color-accurate smartphones you can buy. And we figured it wasn't necessary to wait much longer before we spelled the gloom and doom of their hopelessly color-inaccurate counterparts. Here they are, 10 smartphones you should never order clothes on, because it will turn out that red shirt you just scored from Amazon sale is, in reality, pink, and the error wasn't on the seller's part! Or God forbid, showcase your design and painting work on - you'll learn the true meaning of "reality distortion".

The lineup covers not only entry-level and low to mid-range devices, where abysmal displays are largely the norm - most of the time, you get what you pay for, right? There's a meaty selection of recent and not so recent flagship devices as well! Last year Sony, Samsung, and Oppo, for example, had a thing for over-saturated displays that looked great in the showroom, but quite removed from reality as our display tests objectively demonstrated. 

As always, feel free to browse to our Benchmarks page, and check the Display measurements table for more devices and detailed information.


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50 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They continue to sling the S5 under the bus but since it survived being driven over by a tesla, I'm sure it will survive this.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Funny, no Apple products?

3. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

Is an Apple phone Android? Seriously.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Ummm...it's a smartphone category, not only android.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

She/he can't help but be stupid.

12. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

the article title is "10 of the most color-inaccurate smartphones", you might want to change ur comment haha

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Some on this list are so bargain bin basic, that you can get them off contract for $50. What are you expecting for $50 bucks. As far as the Galaxy S5, its AMOLED, but even that one you can change the colors on it. Just like you can change the Z3 display to be more accurate through settings. So I do not agree with this title at all, especially when the phone can be much more accurate with changing a menu setting. Just wrong IMHO.

5. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Are you trying to make a joke? ha ha ha

4. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Ouch. Wonder how that's explained processionally these days?

9. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lol sorry, professionally.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's explained by Displaymate testing being done by a Ph.D expert who not only has decades of testing experience, but experience in developing and designing displays, and PhoneArena testing being done by a guy who downloaded some software.

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Displaymate review so few devices that they're almost comparing Samsung with Samsung and then crowning the newest Samsung "the best we've every tested".

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They review mostly top end devices. And Samsung makes the top devices. Right?

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You sound a little mad.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Since when are facts anger? Am curious. Not mad. What I hate is when a bias article writing bum, misleads the pulic with false information. I don't care what brand it is as I am not loyal to a brand period. I don't think any one brand is better than any other. What I personally prefer is my choice. But when I read a tech site, I do expec that those writing about it, took the time to right the data as factually as possible based on available information. It's hard to be happy wen I read an article that says,. a certain phone has terrible color reproduction, yet on their own site is an article written that contradicts it and supplies 2nd and 3rd party facts to support the claim. How exactly is that being mad. Just read the words, don't try to assume what my emotions are. If I was angry, I'd use all caps...lol

45. g2a5b0e unregistered

Pay attention. You could have saved yourself a lot of time & energy if you had looked at who Smurf was replying to. Hint: it wasn't you.

46. Peace

Posts: 23; Member since: May 22, 2014

papa, you told mixed fish he is angry and since he forgot he is typing with techieXP replied with other account. maherk is also him. how many accounts? how much for a comment? 5 cents? Sooooo cheap. more like a slumdog hooter*

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well if the best item is from a single company, and then that company tops that item with another one of their item, why is that a problem? After all JD Power and Associates rates different thinsg for example. Several companies they list receive awards every year for the same product line. That's a good thing if a company sells one product, and the very next model or year, do it again or remain equally the same. That means they are doing good. Everyone should strive to outdo their own-self, not just others.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They test devices supplied by the manufacturers. For instance, they tested both new iPhones and the Note 4. The Note 4 had the best display of the three.

37. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Well, color accuracy isn't important.

6. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Phonearena method for measuring display is flawed apparently. And Sony is right when they say that people prefer colder displays (because they perceive it as brighter). A walk to your local electronics store will prove this. Nearly all the current LCD/LED displays (of any brands) feature super bright, oversaturated displays.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Whoa S5? Didn't see this one coming

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't know why pa hates super amoled so much. In my opinion, the screen of the s5 defeats the m8,z2,z3,g3,i6

19. maherk

Posts: 6878; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Wait for the time when Apple will go with Amoled screens, then they will fall in love with it.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

DisplayMate said the exact same. Luis is an immoral Samsung hating communist pig.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The screen from the S5 slays everything BUT the Note 4. There's really no competition.

13. bolleyjara

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I do not understand why the Ascend P7 is listed here when you can adjust the display temperature. I have the P7 and once adjusted, the screen is gorgeous.

14. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I have the same cold feeling when looking at Oppo FInd 7, but Z3 and S5?

15. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

i think these AMOLED hype should be stop, only note 4 is consider great oled display. the rest are all lag behind LCD in terms of color accuracy, energy efficiency, lifespan. ghosting, burn in etc problems. so dont said that AMOLED is superios than LCD when only 1 display out there (note 4) is superios than LCD. up until now, we still can say : LCD > AMOLED.

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