Quality test analysis shows Apple iPhone 5 display beating out the Samsung Galaxy S III

Quality test analysis shows Apple iPhone 5 display beating out the Samsung Galaxy S III
A quality test analysis of the displays on the two hottest smartphones of the year gives an edge to the 4 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 5 over the 4.8 inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S III. The analysis was done by DisplayMate which says that the reason that the iPhone screen is better has to do with the 20 year refinement of the IPS LCD screen used by Apple as opposed to the OLED display, developed in-house by Samsung.

The extensive report (which can be fetched by clicking on the source link) gives the Apple iPhone 5 kudos for having the highest Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light score on any mobile device DisplayMate has ever tested. Of course, the subject of the Pentile Display on the Samsung Galaxy S III came up and the testing showed that power limits inherent with OLED screens make the display on the Samsung Galaxy S III half as bright as the one on the Apple iPhone 5.

DisplayMate says that when it comes to the Color Gamut and Color Accuracy, Apple has made a strong effort in making colors very accurate on the iPhone. On the other hand, DisplayMate chides Samsung for not bothering to calibrate the Color Gamut on its OLED screens, leading to wildly inaccurate color representation includsing over saturation of colors which is a standard on AMOLED screens.

source: DisplayMate via BGR


Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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120 Comments

1. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

And price too.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Design as well.

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I always prefer LCD over OLED based displays. OLED based displays has to much and essential cons.

28. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And sure enough, they haven't tested Nokia 920 yet.

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And I believe that LG Optimus G display or maybe even LG's NOVA display beats them all. :P Would be nice in the future to see LG Optimus G, HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 920 displays comparisons. :)

48. SmartGadgetS

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I love my SGS II's display. Its beautiful but a little "unreal" (oversaturated)

54. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

im pretty sure they will when they get hands on it but I will also point out Windows Phone 8X as well has the highest pixel density at 342 ppi

113. bigstrudel

Posts: 594; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

And it's the same Super LCD2 that's in the One X.

118. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

While it is, it doesn't 342ppi which is still good

116. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

xperia s already has 342ppi ;)

119. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Ok but does it have the same specs than the s3 like processor or ram? I I haven't read much into the xperia de line, and so is interesting.

120. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

no the xperia s has an dual core 1.5ghz s3 chip and 1gb ram. But the screen has 342ppi. the xperia v will have the s4 chipset also at 1.5ghz and also 4.3 inch screen with 342ppi with bravia engine 2

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can care less who's beating who, all I can say is the ip5 is one heck of a phone and so is the gs3.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That retina display is very nice looking.

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's really a lot more crisp, with the screen having 44% more saturation. I'd say they're about even.

57. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Zomg.. HTC Rezound is what 342?

58. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Steve Jobs spoke a lie (one of many) about iPhone and retina display ... read more here from the same person who runs the Displaymate) http://www.pcworld.com/article/198402/iPhone_4_retina_display.html So it's retina display if u hold yr phone 18" away from you ... else a BIG NO.... Let's cover all aspects when displaymate is quoted :)

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude who cares? People are gonna just enjoy their phones nobody cares about conspiracy theories or all this other stuff that you're talking just enjoy your device and have fun with it.

86. Hemlocke unregistered

It's funny, since DisplayMate lists 10.5" for "Retina Display" in the comparison. RTFA.

87. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Whats your point?

90. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

My mind refuses to accept what is factually not correct and is nothing but a high pitched sales "gimmick" Someone said that even the macbook which is claimed as retina is indeed retina if you can balance it on your toe and then work :D

24. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Wonder how it'll fare against the Lumia 920, as well as some of the androids with newer-displays (since the GS3 is about a half-year old now)? Guessing not as well.

52. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Or the One X/Evo/8X.

56. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The S3 is 3 months old.

44. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This. I learned not to hate for BS reasons a while ago. You guys should do so as well.

3. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

To bad they didn't compare it to the Note II. Which has the best Screen Samsung ever made....

4. SmartGadgetS

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Wait.

8. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

It's the same display but bigger dude!

13. issa8

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

It sho doesn't...the Note 2 uses a RGB matrix display and the GS3 and Note 1 use a PenTile display. Check it out in the new review: http://www.phonearena.com/image.php?m=Reviews.Images&f=name&id=119540&name=Samsung-Galaxy-Note-II-Review_025b.jpg&caption=&title=Image+from+%22Samsung+Galaxy+Note+II+Review%22&popup=1

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