Do you care about the viewing angles of your phone's display?

Do you care about the viewing angles of your phone's display?
The Samsung Galaxy S IV launch is fast approaching this week, and a rumor emerged it is currently available in different prototype versions - one with Samsung's staples, like AMOLED display and Exynos chip, and another with LCD screen and Snapdragon CPU.

Whether or not this will materialize as different versions for different regions, remains to be seen, but we were particularly intrigued by the possibility to have different display technologies. It's interesting, since Samsung brags AMOLED technology to have some areas where it sports an advantage before LCD screens, like much deeper blacks and excellent viewing angles.

If you take a good IPS-LCD display, or a similar liquid crystal panel technology, however, it will sport viewing angles pretty close to the AMOLED ones, and even the newest Full HD screen trend confirms that, despite cramming so many pixels per inch - the HTC One and the Optimus G Pro, for instance, have pretty good viewing angles. The Sony Xperia Z, on the other hand, sports a modern Full HD display, which, however, has the colors and contrast deteriorating significantly when you tilt the phone in any direction and look at it from the sides, but still that doesn't seem to be a deterrent for many. 

That's why we wanted to ask you, dear readers, how important are screen viewing angles on your phone - do you care a lot about those levels, or do you think it doesn't matter, as you usually look at your handset straight-on, and, besides, it makes it more difficult for prying eyes to tell what's happening on your phone's screen from the side? Check your answer below and sound off in the comments.

Do you care about screen viewing angles on your phone?

Yes, good viewing angles usually indicate superior screen technology
No, I'm looking at my phone head-on most of the time



1. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

TV: Yes Smartphone: No

3. No_Nonsense unregistered

Depends, sometimes you want to show your friend or someone next to you a video or maybe a picture that you're watching.

12. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I do it a lot and never felt that viewing angle has become a problem. From size of tablets may need a good viewing angles i think

48. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i think not for phones... coz privacy is broken with that viewing angles... some people might see your text messages or whatever private you're doing

71. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

It just makes me want to puke whenever I see a tilt shift :S

77. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

lol, why not turn your brightness down?

69. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

if you want to show your friend something.....why dont you just hand them the phone and let them watch it, and get it back after they are done?

36. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

True... I view my phone straight-on most of the time, but poor viewing angles do piss me off sometimes, like one of the 7 inch china tabs i have, given by someone. Solid performer and good resolution but the poor screen viewing angle when held in portrait mode (doesnt happen when held in landscape) being the biggest drawback. As expected from TFT screens.

38. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Well Said..

85. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

then u would be the moron nerd looking at ur phone all the times holding it straight in ur nose!

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Of course, yes. Considering everything you do on the smartphone you do it on the screen and you want it to be the best for eye comfort, the answer is yes, viewing angles on a $700 device count.

42. SleepingOz unregistered

Not according to some sony fanboys..

72. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

wow, so 50% of people here are fanboys of Sony Sony must be proud to have this amount of lovers i think its not as important as you pretend.

81. TMach unregistered

Funny that! I have shown people a few things on my shiny brand new Xperia Z in White and they have all oooh'd and aaaaaah'd in admiring the screen. Guess the issue of viewing angles is overblown afterall.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I think the question should be do you care about people seeing your phone from a certain angle/distance. For me, it's ok for people to see what I'm doing with my phone except when it comes to an extent that they'll be seeing my password or bank account.

5. aaaaa123

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

people around us, sometime really annoying by spying what we do with our phone. so, having a bad view angle phone isn't a bad choice.

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They are just curious to know which smartphone are we using, but bad viewing angles are too annoying when the sun or light is shining at the screen. So, I choose Yes.

46. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

try adjusting brightness?...

6. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes i care. put your smartphone on a table and watch a 2 hour movie alone or with friends. i bet you will find it difficult to answer no to the poll.

7. Retro-touch unregistered

Why would you watch a 2 hour movie on such a small screen when 30+inch HD tv can give you a much better experience from the comfort of your sofa, dumbest reason EVER


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Because you can't take a 30+HD TV to where ever you want.

37. Retro-touch unregistered

Laptops and tablets were invented for a reason, smart ass

9. aaaaa123

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

nowadays, people prefer to watch movie from phone than TV... hmmm


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

True. That's why we need best viewing angles.

15. aaaaa123

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

i mean it's really weird by prefering to watch in a small screen than watch in a 32-90" TV


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Its not weird,its actually cool that technology offers such possibilities. Except for the smaller screen it offers the same quality.


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

When technology offers such possibilities screen size isn't a concern for most of the people. But with a smartphone in hand you can watch at anytime.

39. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Yes right.. I completely support galaxy-storm. I also watch most of my movies on my smartphone.

56. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And as you watch it do you do it with your phone tilted in angle? I too watch some TV shows on my Smartphone, and when I want to share I just plug the HDMI cable... But when I do it I watch it straight. No need to watch from an extreme angle

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I cant take my 55inch TV with me to work. The bus ride to and from work....Netflix gets a work out at times. For that, viewing angles play a role.

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