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

Poll results: Do you care about the viewing angles of your phone's display?
If there's ever been a tight poll we ran, this is the one. We asked you last week whether or not you care how good are the viewing angles of your phone's display, and, geez, was it a close result.

We were prompted for this poll by the somewhat wonky viewing angles of the Xperia Z, which, however, doesn't seem to be a deterrent for people to get it, compared to the superior viewing angles of recent flagships' Full HD displays, like the S-LCD 3 panel on the HTC One, or the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S 4

We usually point out bad viewing angles in reviews, as it is one of the measurements for a good display, but it doesn't actually seem to matter that much for a bit less than half of our respondents, as you can see in the results below, which is pretty telling. There were also some pretty good comments on both scenarios, such as:

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. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

you see, people including me don't give a tuck about viewing angles. now stop betching about it.

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

But customers always want smth they don't really need. If viewing angle is noy a big deal, so 1080p over 720p is also useless, but do you wanna buy a flagship phone with 720p screen? And you know Xperia V except the resolution is better than XZ screen in all other areas.

22. SleepingOz unregistered

Doesn't surprise me, coming from a sony fanboy. I bet if the XZ had better viewing angles than the GSIV, you fanboys, would have said the exact opposite.

37. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

i care because you can have a good view of the display no matter what position you are...you dont have to tilt your phone to this way or that way to be able to see the content..for instance, when you are lying in bed reading or watching youtube. For games when you have to tilt your phone to control the the up,down,right and left, i can have a better vision of the game.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Wow I'm surprised to see my comment there...well I guess viewing angles just depends on the user since majority here voted for no but yes only followed up by a very small margin

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Same here...lol. If there's anyone still questioning about it...i'll refer you back to my comment. Lol.

46. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

welp same here haha

3. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

When one is buying a phone, I can't imagine anyone saying, " Yes I will take that phone, because it has a great viewing angle so others can see what I am doing on my device". Just my opinion.

6. Retro-touch unregistered

I've never heard anyone mention viewing angles being the reason they buy any phone, most people buy phones according to their budget and will attempt to get best value for money, people who can afford high end smartphones usually buy what's marketed heavily, mostly Samsung and Apple , the rest are forgotten, very few people are interested in anything but the two big brands, its gonna be an uphill battle for Sony and HTC no matter how good their products

7. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Smartphone owners are so happy to settle for less if it means they can stay with the manufacturer they prefer. This year Sony has crap display tech so everyone claims it does not matter. Next year Sony will have a screen as good as professional screen makers and NO ONE will complain about the viewing angle being too wide. Hypocrites

14. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012


9. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

that would be okay if the viewing angles are acceptable, but the slightest tilt on the Xperia Z changes everything.

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

since i missed out on the pole :( i think it's not the most important feature to have on your phone but it's occasionally usefull to have when your showing your friends something etc... i wish there was a feature to turn on and off view on an angle so when i'm on the bus people stop looking at my stuff lol :)

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Your stuff? You have zippers for that! :P

12. GoVinci

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Why settle for less when you can have more?

17. droidspd

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

When was this poll taken? Didn't see it so I guess the results are not that accurate because I'm sure many missed it. I would have voted for "Yes, good viewing angles usually indicate superior screen technology" because not all times my phone is in my hands so that I can adjust to correct angle.

18. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I care about my screen NOT being viewed by others at angles. a phone is a personal device. Reviewers always give Sony phones negative scores because their lovely screens have bad viewing angles but for me, this is all the better. My coworker shouldn't be able to glance over at my desk and read what's on my phone's screen.

19. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

lol... I care about viewing angles..! not because of the superior screen tech used, well, it do matter though..but because I need good viewing angles..!

23. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

for most of the phones, the viewing angle of the screen shows how good the screen is. for example, take a look on htc one x, its viewing angles are unbelievable. the viewing angle is achieved by having such a great screen. i really don't mind actually having 720P S-LCD2 in the era where flagship phones are using FHD screen, because one x's screen is that good. ppi isn't everything without great viewing angles, good brightness, neutral yet striking colours & saturation

24. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Only perfectionist would care about such a thing.....Sony is the best regardless of your little pet peeves

26. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I don't really care about viewing angles since I'm looking at it directly. But why don't the manufacturers just make good viewing angles anyway whether there are or aren't any people interested in it for quality's sake.

30. taikucing unregistered

viewing.angle.really.matters. PERIOD!!!

34. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

As long as I can see the phone outside in sunlight, I am happy.

40. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

HTC One is the best as the quality of the display is kept throughout the whole system, not like Xperia Z, only the contrast and vividness is good when viewing photos and videos, when back to UI it has the worse colour production ever for a flagship device of 2013.

49. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

and hundreds thousand of people who bought it doesnt even care hahahaha. ohh wait One cant even sell hahahaha

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I look at my phone head on, not from the side

47. Bedz81

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

I don't but the Xperia T viewing angle is poor when i switch on the screen and look at it head on! It is like its sensor don't sense the light. Why do Sony still use TFT?

48. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It makes a big difference psychologically. You view your cell phone from a distance quite often and when you look over and see a white wash you kind of go meh. However, if you look at it and still see how nice the screen is from a weird angle, you go damn that is a nice screen. It adds to the aura and honeymoon period. Once your phone is a year old and better phones are out then you don't care.

50. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

It's not a deal breaker but I wish the screen on the Z was better, would have been a flawless phone IMO.

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