Let there be light - here are 2015's smartphones with the brightest displays

Let there be light - here are 2015's smartphones with the brightest displays
You certainly know the pain of having to use your smartphone in bright daylight. There's hardly a display that can easily cope with these harsh conditions in a perfect fashion. After all, it's impossible to wage a brightness war on a celestial body that has a mass 330,000 times that of the Earth.

Still, this doesn't mean that the smartphone scene brings a toothpick to the gunfight. There's only so much a display can achieve in the brightness department, but there already exist many devices that perform decently and make it quite easy for the user to interact with the display.

Lots of these were released this year, so we decided to round them up for you. Now, have in mind that the data reflects the maximum brightness we achieved in our tests of the devices below and the majority of these have been recorded with auto brightness enabled.

Without further ado, check the most "blinding" devices of 2015 so far!



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't think it's an important metric. The only reason we need a super-bright display is in sunlight. And sunlight readability is not only dependent on brightness. It depends on brightness, contrast, panel thickness, presence of anti-reflective coating and so on...... A 400 nit AMOLED panel will be more visible in sunlight than a 600 nit LCD due to low panel thickness leading to less reflections and more contrast.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Who is asking for your justification....

3. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Every one has the right to put their view points & opinions. It's bad that you put such a question. It's better to keep quiet if you have nothing except trolling.

9. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Learn to appreciate other people's views and though instead of acting like a Douche.

10. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015


25. Shocky unregistered

It's not justification, it's the truth. Less reflections and more contrast helps keep the display visible in sunlight. I'm not sure the 400 nit AMOLED vs 600 nit LCD is accurate but it does make a difference.

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Man!! Do you know him in person? You got some kind of grudge against the man? Or are you against Tyrone Lannister in GOT? That was not a good post man...not good. You went full retard!

31. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's ok buddies. Stop fighting. Just enjoy the tech.

40. canned.acid

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

and you decided to speak for the rest of us....

51. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I did. I emailed him and asked him to clear that up in this article.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

But the brighter it can get, the more battery you save by turning it down to a reasonable level.

19. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

"You certainly know the pain of having to use your smartphone in bright daylight." And in bright daylight the Samsung flagship phones go 700nits. But is not good to mention it, cause Apple must win.

36. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

good point lol!

42. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

What about the NOTE 5 and XPERIA Z5?

48. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's not true. At max. brightness, some displays consume more power. Suppose a 600 nit display consumes 1 W at 600 nit and 0.6 W at 300 nit. Now, someone releases a 300 nit max display that only consumes 0.5 nits at max brightness. The second display is both dimmer and more efficient.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also AMOLED panels are harder to test due to APL level and Auto/Adaptive Brightness APL Level means AMOLEDs have different brightness depending on what shown on the screen Auto/Adaptive Brightness means that the screen's brightness changes based on how much ambient light is detected. Which is why the Galaxy S6, Note 5, Edge and Edge+ can reach around 700 nits in some tests (and probably the Nexus 6P and BB Venice as well since those are also Samsung's latest AMOLED tech)

16. Shocky unregistered

harder to test but not impossible, other sites manage it just fine,

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, PA is pretty incompetent when it comes to reviews and technical details

22. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Dude if they wanted to be 100% correct then S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, note 5 all would have been on top of the list kicking iPhones really low. How would they then justify giving iPhones the best scores if in most technical comparisons they fail to be in even top 5? Its really smart what they are doing.

44. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, it's 750 nits for 1% APL and 600 nits for 100% APL for Samsung AMOLED.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's only important when the iPhone display was the brightest. I still remember the sheep championing brightness like it was the most important part of a display. Similar to how PA and the Verge champions calibration over more important metrics like resolution for example....just so they can give iPhone displays their BS high scores.

30. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

It is still one of the primary important metrics, when taken together with other factors of course.

34. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Almost total nonsense...panel thickness has nothing to with anything but dimensions... NIT is unit...about your comment on this...that is like you say one meter is longer in Japan...

65. TyrionLannister unregistered

The thinner the panel, the less the reflections. Obviously you were not good at optics in school. Because otherwise you'd know about refraction. That's the reason a deeper pool or an ocean has a darker color compared to a bowl of water.

64. Mike.H

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

It's important, but I'd like to see more of the low light stuff. I like to read before bed.

66. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't think that's necessary. If your phone lacks that setting, there are dimmers or blue-light blockers on play store which dim your screen way more.

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Gsmarena has a list of sunlight performance and it's not based on nits :/ What's the difference?

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I never really understood that section. However, they measure brightness as candela per square meter, which is what a nit is.

47. TyrionLannister unregistered

Read my reply below to HMD74. Hope that helps.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

That's cause GSMarena has some kind of credibility in them. Unlike PA they do not post every single rumour and they do not spam you with 25 different articles just from one single news happening. I keep coming here cause despite all PA crap they still manage to post mobile news quickly unlike most other mobile sites.

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