HTC Droid DNA screen compared with HTC One X, iPhone 5, 1080p Sharp Aquos Phone

HTC Droid DNA screen compared with HTC One X, iPhone 5, 1080p Sharp Aquos Phone
The HTC Droid DNA might be the first smartphone with a 1080p screen to arrive in the United States, but when it comes to the rest of the world, full HD displays are still a rarity. To fill that gap Sharp has now released its Aquos Phone SH930W which boasts a very similar 5-inch 1080p screen.

How does it compare against the Droid DNA? And how does the Droid DNA compare against the Samsung Android heavyweights and the iPhone 5? First of all, we should mention that having a 1080p display with a pixel density of 441ppi is great on paper but the difference to the eye is minimal. Actually, you can only see some jagged edges only if you go very, very close to the screen.

What really matters is the quality of the image and accurate calibration of colors. First, the brightness of the Droid DNA measures at 364 candela per square meter (cd/m2), which is less than say the HTC One X with its bright 470cd/m2 display.

And if you wondered whether the Galaxy S III or Note II have brighter displays, the Droid DNA clearly blows them out of the water as they both feature 230cd/m2 screens.

The comparison with the One X is logical because it is widely seen as probably having the best screen on Android. Interestingly, the One X also has better viewing angles than the DNA.

When compared to the iPhone 5, the Droid DNA does not look that bright and lacks the careful color calibration Apple takes pride in.

Last but not least comes the Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W, another 1080p smartphone, but much cheaper. While it does come with its hardware limitation, the screen on the Sharp device is also better calibrated than the one on the Droid DNA.

There is plenty more to learn from that in-depth comparison done by, so head on to the source below for a machine translated version of the article.

source: Hi-tech

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37. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

What is the difference?? I don't see it.

33. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I never keep the screen on maximum brightness on the S3 anyway..too hard on the eyes

29. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

who said brighter is better?

21. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Why doesn't Samsung turn up the brightness on their screens?

30. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

The screens would burn out faster if the brightness was higher. In the future the amoleds will get brighter and brighter as samsung finds away to extend their life time.

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I knew that iPhone is yet to be beaten in terms of color accuracy (by far the best calibrated phone screen out there ), brightness (among high end phones ), and contrast (among LCD screens) I just wish Lumia 920 was there.. to see Nokia s!eeps being shut up, It didn't excel in any category in GSMarena' review

28. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

you should be glad that the Lumia 920 wasn't included in the comparison coz it will definitely trample the iPhone 5 effortlessly.

34. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You just proved how ignorant and biased you are. IPhone has the best color gamut result ever measured on a phone. Also has the highest contrast for a phone LCD screen. Those are facts no matter what some Nokia boy says about it

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Let's be serious, 1080p is very nice. I can see 9-10" table to have 1080p, but for a 5" phone just isn't worth it. After a while looking at my HTC One X, I don't really pay attention of the quality of the picture. I think battery life is the #1 issue we all have. Let's jack up the battery and lower the consumption of the power. Then everyone will be very happy :D But still need great performance as well.

13. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Wow... even after that iPhone 5 still has the best display?! Too bad it has an OS I am never willing to touch ever...

9. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

The amoleds definitely produces most colors.

6. Naviiin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

I really like the way the Droid DNA looks, so I'd probably get one of those. But nice to know that ppi isn't the only thing that matters. Kinda weird that it's used as THE selling point then.

15. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I think PPI doesn't matter anymore because of how indiscernible pixels are at that density. At 350 it was arguable but now at 440 it is virtually impossible to see the pixels even when holding the phone right up to your face. So what's next but to focus on color reproduction, brightness, thinness of the display etc. Exciting times.

23. redmd

Posts: 1972; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

what needs to be focused here should be software UX and battery life. Great screen should be a given.

36. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


4. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Good article...

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, since DNA is the 1st in the 1080p segment, others following will be much better i suppose. Since they will tweak, adjust and shell out better displays. But the One X is still really impressive.

5. wendygarett unregistered

"When compared to the iPhone 5, the Droid DNA does not look that bright and lacks the careful color calibration Apple takes pride in." Did you missed out this sentence? :)

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No, i chose to ignore it! You love it, i ignore it! :P

14. wendygarett unregistered

At least you not ignore me :) +1 for that, thank you lol

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, i can't ignore's fun pulling you around man!! :D

1. wendygarett unregistered

As much as I love the 1080p that they delivered, I still preferred iPhone 5 no matter what :)

2. galokjai

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

course you don't like change


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Lol some people want to live in the past...........iphone 5 hahah. I give Apple 2 years max then the iphone is dead! Just a hype!

8. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

of course, a full HD resolution on a 4 inch screen is stupid.. oh wait, a 4 inch high end smartphone is stupid.

10. wendygarett unregistered

I rather treated to be stupid, at least in PA site lol... The phone is innocent, if you wanna bash, you can bash me instead dude

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Now you're treating iPhone like your brother!! lol!

26. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

wow thats pokemon, ur profile pic

35. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

it's a mareep.

12. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Of course until iPhone does 1080p, then it'll be the best thing ever.

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