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Samsung users, what Screen mode (color setting) do you have your Galaxy set to?

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Samsung users, what Screen mode (color setting) do you have your Galaxy set to?

Samsung's Super AMOLED displays have long been hailed as some of the best on the market. Over the years, Sammy kept working on the quality of their image reproduction and colors. And, due to the nature of an AMOLED screen, it was able to also include a bunch of different so-called Screen modes to cater to all kinds of tastes. Love super-punchy colors and cold whites? Go for Cinema mode. Love natural colors and a warm display? Choose the lauded Basic mode. Want to display to auto-adjust itself, based on what you are looking at? Use Adaptive display!

And it seems Sammy's decision to make these different modes was the right one — for every person that loves Basic mode, you've got one that swears by Adaptive. This is definitely one part of the smartphone experience where the freedom of choice is welcome. We thought we'd ask you — what is your favorite Screen mode?

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What Screen mode do you have your Galaxy set to?
Adaptive display 54.57% (1009 votes) (1009 votes)
AMOLED cinema 14.28% (264 votes) (264 votes)
AMOLED photo 7.79% (144 votes) (144 votes)
Basic 14.06% (260 votes) (260 votes)
I've never touched that setting 9.3% (172 votes) (172 votes)

1849 votes

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posted on 13 Jul 2017, 08:52

1. torr310 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I use Basic as I feel it's more natural.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 09:02 1

2. Medoogalaxy (Posts: 75; Member since: 25 May 2017)


Between...Photo amoled :)

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 06:00

21. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Me too, the problem is with other modes, when I transfer photos to my lappy or take a print out, I end up disappointed, because they were so good on the adaptive/amoled mode. With basic I know the true pic/video that I have on my mobile.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 09:06 1

3. nikhil23 (Posts: 152; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)


Adaptive is the Best

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 09:06 1

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1039; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Cinema :) why own a SuperAMOLED if you are not going to fully enjoy the incredible vividness and punchy colurs that AMOLED Cinema brings.

I have been using this setting in all my Galaxy's since S2, back then it was called Dynamic.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:03

10. Slytherin (Posts: 140; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


Totally agree with you!

Colour in this mode is just Awesome.

Isn't it nice that Samsung gives us the choice of screen mode and resolution, I wonder if the iPhone 8 will have these options, oh i forgot they don't get choice on IOS lol.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 21:49

18. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1039; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Haha! Indeed! I like the fact that Samsung allow us to create our own experience.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:09

11. Slytherin (Posts: 140; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


It will be nice to see the bargain basement OLED display Sammy has in store for the iPhone 8.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 09:07

5. Medoogalaxy (Posts: 75; Member since: 25 May 2017)


There is no screen up to the SuperAmoled level, The touch layer is integrated with the screen, brightness, colors, detail, angles vision.. screen competes itself !

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 09:23

6. PhoneCritic (Posts: 818; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Amoled ( and Oled) displays simply IMO out do LCD displays and right now Samsung is king with LG nipping at it's heel. I keep my setting on adaptive during normal operations but when I am either playing a game or on a long trip and want to watch a downloaded Netflix movie i use cinema mode.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 10:33 1

7. trojan_horse (Posts: 4647; Member since: 06 May 2016)


AMOLED Cinema all the way!

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 10:33 1

8. tedkord (Posts: 13863; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Either basic or adaptive.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 10:37 1

9. piyath (Posts: 999; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Amoled photo gives the best real world colors 100% sRGB.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:48 1

15. baldilocks (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Except they don't look anything at all like REAL colors. :)

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 13:37 1

16. Macready (Posts: 1475; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Actually, Basic mode covers the more common sRGB gamut, while Photo covers the wider Adobe RGB gamut. Cinema covers the DCI-P3 gamut.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:16

12. baldilocks (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Basic just looks more realistic. So, that's what I use on the S8+.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:27 1

13. E34V8 (Posts: 91; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Basic of course. S7 has one of the best displays in basic mode. Only other Samsung flagships can rival it.

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 11:44

14. dazed1 (Posts: 546; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Noobs using adaptive rofl

posted on 13 Jul 2017, 14:59

17. UglyFrank (Posts: 1930; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I use basic, sometimes AMOLED photo for a bit more punch in general use. Occasionally use adapt display when watching videos (and AMOLED cinema too) and in bright light

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 01:14

19. Krjal (Posts: 278; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


I mostly just love having the option and change it up occasionally.

The majority of the time I leave it on Basic though.

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 02:19

20. Odiin (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Most of the time Basic. Occasionally use AMOLED photo.

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