Flying colors - here are 10 of the most color-accurate smartphones you can buy

Flying colors - here are 10 of the most color-accurate smartphones you can buy
Ahh, colors! If it wasn't for them, our lives would have looked like Charlie Chaplin movies, and traffic signals would have been incredibly complicated! But back to practical matters - if you want to enjoy photos, videos, and games on your smartphone, then you ought to make sure its display's color temperature calibration doesn't deviate too far from a certain reference point. 

In our case, and for the industry in general, this ideal reference point happens to be 6500 Kelvins - a point where your screen is neither too blue-ish, too red-ish, or too green-ish, and in fact approximates the color of outdoor light on a bright, sunny day! This is the color temperature we use to determine smartphones and tablets' color accuracy in our display tests. Today, we decided to round up 10 of the finest-scoring Android smartphones (in terms of color accuracy) we have in our database. None of them exhibit color temperatures above 6999K, or below 6000K, which is the threshold of smartphones we rate with Excellent color accuracy. 

You might be surprised not to see devices such as the HTC One (M8), the Galaxy S5, or even the iPhone 6 almighty in this round-up. The reason is, although these phones do have sharp, beautiful displays, their color temperatures are a little bit artificially sweetened - not overly hyped, but enough to fall from "Excellent" color accuracy level down to the lesser "Good" level.

For even more choices of color-accurate phones, visit our Benchmarks page and take a look at the Display, Screen measurements table. Click on the Color Accuracy tab, and the entries will be listed in descending order. As you can see, the Nokia Lumia 620 is the most ideally color-balanced smartphone we've laid our hands on - shame it's gotten quite long in the tooth!


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38 Comments

1. harsha_bonmec

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good try, Amazon. Still not buying your Fire phone.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

No one would pay flagship price for a mid range phone :P

11. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Though it is just $199 right now... But it really doesn't appeal to me, specially the dependancy on weird gestures to navigate the device.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Wow... that's a huge cut for that phone. Well... I might get it if it's only $10 off contract XD

14. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol... yeah they axed the price... definitely a failure device... It might be good as a secondary phone.

37. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I would like to use the "3D" function haha

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They failed with the price and Play Store.

18. mptripper

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

You can install playstore on the unlocked version right now

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Super amoled is the most accurate and most superior screen display on mobile. You might say it has oversaturated colors but atleast it doesn't deliver dull and lifeless colors like on lcd

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

QD LCD ftw! http://www.androidcentral.com/smartphone-futurology-2-display I can't wait, amoled needs to die!

13. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

AMOLED is the best we've got right now. Even TV is going OLED because it's superior to LCD.

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Amoled TVs are not gaining, they are losing shelf space to LCD.

15. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

thats in Z2 and Z3

22. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Ok lets put opinions on the side and talk like intelligent ppl. What bothers u on amoled? Is it because its much thinner than LCD? because it uses less energy? is it because its lighter? Is it because it doesn't need a back light? Is it because it can reproduce real black? what is it? and don't come up with color inaccuracy, because that's a decision made by the producers, Samsung for example make them like that because they know ppl like vivid color, and for those who don't they programmed profile which makes Amoled the most color accurate mobile display in the world. So really, can someone tell me whats so special about LCD? except that it is much cheaper to produce?

23. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

There are many areas where an LCD is better, but a I think these three are most obvious: Brightness, brightness and brightness !

26. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

When you talk about Amoled you dont have automaticly to talk about Samsung, Nokia Lumia proved that amoled can be bright enough and compare with LCD. So in the end it is the manufacturers decision not a technological problem. But since you brought up Brightness, then what about the homogenous distribution of the light? Because of the Backlight LCD is vulnerable to light spots (the bigger they get the greater the problem) amoled has a great advantage in terms of Brightness because it cant have "light bleeding".

10. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Wrong.

19. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Maybe both OLED and LCD are not the future (in 5 years).

25. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"...dull and lifeless colors like on lcd" Had you ever seen an powered on iPhone 6 ? LCD is not just some black-and-white on your watch...

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Note 4 has the best display according to tests.

20. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Opinion =/= tests

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

oneplus one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. iushnt

Posts: 3066; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Hail Amoled

9. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Did you for the iphone or is it just accurate enough?

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You've got to be kidding: Nexus 5 is here but not the iPhone?!

29. Exempt1 unregistered

Because the Nexus 5 screen is more accurate the the iPhone's screen.

21. srgonu

Posts: 511; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Where is retina?

24. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Androids doesn't have it !

35. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

They are comparing Smartphones, it has nothing to do with Android. So the reason iPhone is not here is simple, retina is crap without any progress in the last 3 years.

27. Sealblaighter

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sharp use it's IGZO display, not something else! Please correct it.

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