Samsung Galaxy Note screen controversy cleared: from finger reach to the PenTile display

Samsung Galaxy Note screen controversy cleared: from finger reach to the PenTile display
The Samsung Galaxy Note with its humongous 5.3-inch 720p display has added fuel to the fiery debate about the ideal screen size. What’s too big and what’s too small for today’s realities? This question doesn’t really have a single true answer - with differently sized hands but most importantly different needs, some people tend to like smaller screens, while others prefer to get it as big as possible.

The Galaxy Note challenged “possible,” inspiring various experiments: will it fit in a jeans pocket? What about a jacket pocket? And what if you wear tight fit jeans? We already know the answers to those, but there was a second question posed right after the first one: can the human finger stretch from one edge of the screen to the other? As some have suggested that 3.5-inch has been proved to be the perfect size for finger operation, the image below proves that most of the area of the display is still accessable even on the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.

There’s one more issue with the screen - it claims to sport 720x1280 pixel resolution, but it uses the PenTile matrix. We’ve already looked at the level of detail covered and concluded that fears about a huge decrease in quality in PenTile displays are overblown. Now, however, we have the chance to zoom in even further and get a microscope’s view of the tiniest of details. For that click either the Galaxy S or the Galaxy S II to get a zoomed in comparison of the screens. All of those neat little tests confirm that while the Galaxy Note might be too big to go mainstream, it does have its allure for some users. Are you among them?

source: PDAFanClub (translated)

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1. android_hitman unregistered

let me help you on this one PA... everybody don\\\\\\\'t buy this superb product buy an iphone. there you go.

2. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

WHAT!!!!! no way... i'd rather buy NOKIA 3310 than iphone.... XD

13. douglasman100

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 27, 2011


6. Epic09

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

dude PA didnt mention the iPhone anywhere in this article..Dont go hating for no reason. Anyways the Galaxy Note is seriously too big for a phone..Rather buy a tablet(Transformer Prime) then a huge phone/mini-tablet..And optimum screen size for phones right now would be 4''-4.5'' from my point of view..Though I'll make an exception for the Galaxy Nexus..

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, they did when they mentioned the 3.5 inch screen.. it was a reference to an article they posted by a guy trying to claim that 3.5 inches was the perfect hand size and we dont need anything bigger.

17. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Or the padfone :D

22. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, now you say that 4 inches to 4.5 inches is the optimum screen size, but why don't we travel back in time to 3 years ago? 3 years ago the largest screen size on a phone you would have seen was 3.5 inches on the iPhone. The first Android phone at that time, the HTC G1, was only 3.2 inches. Then, sometime along the way HTC introduced a 4 inch screen phone. I remember people talking about how that was too big for a phone to be, just the idea of it was taboo. Now, we have phones being offered by HTC that are coming out at 4.7 inches and people are saying that's too big. Even the Galaxy Nexus you mentioned is 4.65 inches (which we could round to 4.7 inches). The HTC Titan, the HTC Sensation XL, and the newly rumored HTC Edge all sport 4.7 inches. So, my point is the norm is switching and pretty soon you are going to say "Hm, I think phones between 4.5 inches and 4.7 inches are optimum." It changes all the time, but do not ever judge a phone before actually holding it in your hand.

24. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Your hands don't grown. You won't change your opinion because it's all about ergonomics ad comfort.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yes, let's all boycott PA. They say nice things about the iPhone.

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

it should not matter whether it's a PenTile or RGB because in real world, they dont make a difference unless you use a magnifying glass. I dont understand why some people is taking this as a 'big of a deal'. makes no sense.

5. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Before with lower densities pentile did have some downsides. I have personally used a nexus s but don't own one, I can see there is something not quite right with the screen in certain situations but overall not that noticeable, this shouldn't even be a problem when the density is as high as it is here.

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

yup and that's another thing, with a resolution this high, it's ridiculous for someone to complain.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i love my pentile super amoled on my vibrant. the ONLY time i notice it at all is when its heavy with red. Red text is jaggie.. but other than that, its peeeeerty.

4. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I thought it was 800x1280 and not 720x1280. Regardless, I\'m getting one.

7. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

My SGS II is perfect for me..... now on i real look on higher resolution, not higher screen size..... Yes Galaxy Note is too big called as phone.... but Galaxy Note had S pen future, so that i want for my next SGS....

10. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

To put it easily... If I hadn't bought the sgs2 I would have bought the galaxy note. (forgetting the nexus prime and moto razr)

11. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

see i dont get it i remember when i had a windows mobile phone that needed a stylus only because the screen was too small to accurately tap icons and navigate the screen properly without setting off an app or link accidently. now people complain about a 5.3" screen as too big for a phone. as it is huge i still think there are alot of people out there who have huge hands that will love this phone.

12. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I can easily reach the bottom half of a 4.3" phone, with the top half that I can't reach I just put informational widgets that don't need any interactions. With the Note I would just put the most used apps on the corner of where my thumb rests, less used icons further out, and put widgets all at the top. Gotta love Android with a staggering amount of customization there's no real reason a bigger screen size would hinder someone from effectively operating it. The only real issue I see is when the phone gets so big it can't fit into a pocket anymore, and 5.3" is really pushing it.

16. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Problem solved!

18. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

For awhile I thought Dell was going to be the only one bold enough to come out with a 5" monster phone, but I was surely mistaken when Samsung introduced the 5.3" G-Note. I am very excited about this phone and am a huge fan of phones with big screens. I was very happy when I found out that the first G-Tab could be used as a phone, but was sad when I learned that the phone function would be disabled on it in the U.S. I am happy that there are companies out there that go above and beyond what is common in the cellular world. In my opinion we need more companies like this Samsung who can put design and performance together in one big 5.3" package. The HTC Titans titanic screen is a step beyond the norm, but hopefully they'll bring us phones with even bigger screens. Who knows! maybe HTC will be the first to bring us a phone with a 6" screen size. Id love to see that day! But In a world with so many 3.5", 4" screens, why are so many ppl complaining about a phone that stands out above the norm? I hope Samsung brings us many more phones like the G-Note or at least 2 or 3 more generations of it. The screen doesnt have to get bigger, but id love to see a G-Note with a quad core processor and a few designs changes.

19. _TheGreatIam

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Most tablets don't double as phones, yes you can facetime and skype on most, but the fact still remains that you cannot make a phone call to a business on a tablet. The smallest tablet that Verizon sells it the Galaxy Tab, and that's at 7 inches. The whole arguement that this is too big means those people have small hands. You know what they say about small hands. xD Small gloves!!!

20. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

yes yes yes PA you iphone is the best, happy now?

21. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Man... im still waiting on this thing to come stateside so i can retire my Dell Streak. haha COME ON!

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

If you go to Best Buys, they will have the Galaxy Player 5.0 and you can play around with it. It's a big screen and it's not something I can put in my front pant pocket.

25. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

This might come to the U.S..... Verizon might pick it up. Most likely LTE and possible droid family member.

26. saiful10

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

Simply assume.....

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