Extensive Apple Watch display test: same PPI, color calibration, and color accuracy as the iPhone 6

Extensive Apple Watch display test: same PPI, color calibration, and color accuracy as the iPhone 6
DisplayMate specializes in performing extensive display tests, and with the Apple Watch being one of the most important products of the year, the display experts didn't pass on the opportunity to take the Apple wrist piece for a spin. The experts have tested the 42mm version of the Apple Watch with a sapphire glass cover, but we tend to believe that most of these conclusions will also apply to the 38mm versions.

On the 42mm Apple Watch, the OLED display measures about 1.53 inches across the diagonal and runs a resolution of 312 by 390 pixels at 326PPI and an aspect ratio of 4:5. The display experts found that the Apple Watch display is highly similar to the iPhone 6 display in areas such as density, artifact-free pixel reproduction, color reproduction, and color accuracy.

According to the report, Apple has opted to include a very aggressive automatic brightness system in order to reduce power consumption. Users can select the brightness as low, medium, or high, but there's no absolute manual control over the display brightness (as available on the iPhone 6, for example). While the automatic brightness system works well in low-light situations, in bright sunlight, the system translates in less-impressive measurements in key departments such as contrast ratios, color accuracy, and viewing angles. For more details, make sure to check out the source link below.

Another conclusion that the experts have drawn is that the sapphire glass used in the Watch and Edition models nearly doubles the amount of reflected light. Since the glass material is the only thing that differs between the three Apple Watch models, and not the display itself, this could mean that the best viewing experience is offered by the Apple Watch Sport thanks to its less-resistant Ion-X strengthened cover glass.


source: DisplayMate

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24 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Funny, especially since its a OLED display built by LG. So I guess since Apple is now using OLED display's. Now all of a sudden they are accurate and as good as IPS displays.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Don't you think it's accurate, because Apple designed it so and is scraping displays that doesn't fit into it's stringent guidelines ?

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Apple doesn't design displays. They know jack squat about that. Samsung already showed the world it can make a good OLED screen years ago.

9. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Apple doesn't design jacks**t. LG also makes the iPhone 6 displays, so that's the reason why the display quality is similar - They're using the same technology. Apple only bought out the supply chain. They didn't have anything to do with the display development.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Their using the same supplier, bit not the same tech. The iPhone display is IPS LCD, the iWatch display is OLED.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I thought that iPhone screens were made by JDI?

13. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe. I'm not sure, I was just addressing the past about the same tech.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Applecultist they didn't buyout the supply chain. Considering the Apple Watch OLED display is made by LG, and LG happens to using the same type of OLED display in their LG G Watch R and the new LG Urbane.

17. stealthd unregistered

A lot of smartphone displays suffer from poor calibration. Apple usually pays that extra dollar or whatever per unit to have the display calibrated.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

But the good thing is, it brings the hopes of the next iPhone being OLED. That would be killer. An AMOLED iPhone 6.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, 6S with AMOLED would be killer combination, IPS is good, but after seeing S6 and N4 all LCD's are inferior to AMOLED. And the battery life would take some advantage

21. seven7dust unregistered

hope not prefer the outdoor visibility and brightness of these newer OGS LCDs, used in the iPhone 6.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and that will be good news for samsung.. cause he'll get much more money from apple

4. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That makes it a pretty damm great display on the Apple watch, considering how awesome the iPhone 6 display is, I didn't expected Apple to go this far in using the latest technology and quality in a 350$ (10000 $ ?) watch display.... The only problem is the sapphire cover, but if they will use upcomming enchanted sapphire in next version with lower reflections than even Ion-X glass, I will be forced to require an sapphire display option on Apple watch sport from Apple.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Enchanted sapphire? So they really do user magic! ;-p

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

LG is using the same type of OLED displays in their LG G Watch R and their new LG Urbane watches. Oh, and as it so happens LG is also making the displays for Apple to use in their watches. Apple and its minions would always say that IPS is superior to OLED, but now that Apple is using it. Now all of a sudden its the latest and greatest technology. If only some of Apple minions would look across the other side of the pond, then they wouldn't be caught saying stupid thing, right Iodine.

18. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the Super Amoled is different. i don't like how the screen looked on the Note 4 or S6. and not all LCD is the same even if it is manufactured by the same company, for example screen on the G2 or G3 is very different with one on the iPhones, the one on the LG handset is nowhere near iPhone's quality. and that goes same for OLED too.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Echanted Flawless Sapphire > +50% water damage

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

2 good things, great display and great eco system that will become the new standard for smart watches. Beside that form over factor design that leaves the glass open to be easily broken. The sports edition glass breaks with a simple 3 foot drop. Apple needs to improve the 2nd version by a lot if it wants the apple watch to be considered also a fitness companion. Right now its just a smartwatch to wear when you go out and be careful as f**k.

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Buying this now, is not smart. It will be outdated in less than 365 days. Why spend 350 or more on this, when it's going to depreciate in value? Why not invest in an actual time peace that wont be out of date in years time, and the battery will actually last longer than 1 day. Smart watches look 'cool' but they are not a smart investment right now.

20. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Because people have money to burn

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple is lucky that they didn't have enough Sapphire for the iphone 6. It would have sucked if it was super reflective AND only 750p. It still sucks but it would have been worse.

19. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Apple doesn't make the screens but their calibration is top notch. Thus, screen qualities are similar even if display tech is different. Apple is always consistent. I think this is admirable, as many other brands have displays that tend to vary even among same models.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and where is the "extensive apple watch display test"?

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