Screen test iPhone, Android and Windows Phone flagships side-to-side: Lumia 900 wins

Screen test iPhone, Android and Windows Phone flagships side-to-side: Lumia 900 wins
Nowadays, a screen is most of what you see of a smartphone - screen sizes have grown to 4.7 inches as almost the norm for flagship Android handsets, and Windows Phone also has some 4.3-inch and larger devices. The only platform that sticks to 3.5 inches so far is iOS and Apple, but while that might change, it’s interesting to see how the best of the current three big mobile operating systems stack up in terms of display quality.

For Apple, the iPhone 4S is the most recent representative, Android is in turn represented by the HTC One X and Windows Phone finds its face with the Lumia 900. The screen sizes and technologies are different, but what about the actual image they show?

In order to get rid of bias, YouTube user foxfire235 took a picture with a high-end DSLR camera, the Canon 5D Mark II, and beamed it to the three handsets. Which one got the most pleasant colors? Turns out, the Lumia 900 is a clear winner.

It shows a well saturated image with lively colors, almost as if the picture was printed onto the display. The Lumia 900 uses a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED screen. Interestingly, the picture looks stunningly good even with the WVGA resolution of the display. The saturation is turned up a lot, and this might also contribute to the effect, but while purists might argue against this, it makes the image punchier, more impressive to the eye.

The HTC One X also showed how beautiful the picture is on its Super LCD 2 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 4S was also extremely detailed but saturation could have been a notch higher. Check out the video comparison below and let us know - which one you think did best?



1. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

As expected

8. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

CBD is so pleasant to eyes ^_^ long live Nokia

2. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Well interesting.

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

so ithing came 3rd lol. but wait for SGS III and then we `ll see who is the boss here

21. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

"but wait for.. xx", when are sheeps like you going to learn?

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Title shoulda read "photo test: lumia 900 has best Colorado saturation". The screen isn't up to snuff to win a real screen test. Once you pull up text that's painfully obvious.

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

So true. Crank of the Nokia's saturation to make it look like a cartoon. What a joke.

18. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Completely agree... "most pleasant colors"? I like real tests better then make believe...

19. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Thumbed down because I thought of a more relevant title? I'm not bashing or trolling. Its like a question on a college assessment test "read the paragraph then choose the title that better fits theme of it." Some people take this way too seriously.

26. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

thumbed down because of fanboyism.

36. GellerDoesDallas

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Lol!!! You calling somebody else a fanboy. That's a joke.

42. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

typical braging of expesive Iphones continues tahhhaa and yet no review of Iphones comes out lame fans

5. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

nokia ftw~!!

6. annonymous1

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

seriously, you couldnt wait for the galaxy s3 or razr hd to come out before you did this?

25. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

now couldn't I say, why not wait for 2020 before doing the test again? "i admit the fact that I'm sad and jealous because samsuck isn't there"

51. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Like always iPhone last place jaja

34. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

Well if your always waiting around to compare the greats in the phone industry, your always going to be waiting. Their is always something bigger, better, faster that's going to come out. Why not compare the current top of there domains.

7. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

How is this a real test if they crank up the saturation on the Lumia and then say the Lumia wins because it has the best saturation? This "test" is a joke and so are the editors obviously.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Woa woa woa so for a change the joke ifanboy Victor H is reporting something not favoring the iPhone? SHOKER /S Its quite simple pal. As said before retina means nothing but high resolution on a small display. While other's have included new technology in the screens you are playing with a tech that's over a year old .of course it got beaten. Even when I agree looks on a display changes with perspective I must also say screen technology on those devices is much more improved .

35. ducati0927

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

source: foxfire235 via WMPowerUser // Not him reporting it, just relaying information. Jez

49. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I didn't realize I could adjust the saturation level on my Windows Phone. Thank you for that tip c.hack. Oh wait. I can't. So they just compared stock phones. Oh well.

10. robinrisk unregistered

Ohh come on! Put it against the galaxy nexus and then we'll talk. Saturation, contrast and high pixel density. its the best ccreen in the world so far. not some LCD screen.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

The screen of the one X is not pen tile

24. robinrisk unregistered

at a PPI of 300+ you can NOT see individual pixels. Hell, unless i relly try hard i cant evens ee the pixels on my SGS1. Pentile or RGB, you can not see the difference, 720P vs WVGA, you CAN see the difference.

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

What I mean is that this is a non pen tile device test

30. robinrisk unregistered

Oh, in that case you're right. Though the Galaxy S II's screen should be better. Amoled VS LCD amoled wins.

31. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I had a sgs1 a couple yrs back. The pixels were actually quite easy to see. I sampled sprints galaxy nexus an hour ago and yes the pixels are visible if you try. I actually prefer my sgs2's WVGA screen over the 720p display on the nexus because of that.

11. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

All isheeps and Android bulls are crying on road....ha ha CBD is Great than Retina and SL2.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well amoled is one of the best tech out there

17. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And Nokia pays which company for this product? Yea, everyone knows it's a CBD. Essentially it's just a Super AMOLED with another polarizing layer. Are you telling me that Nokia will teach Samsung how to make screens? That Nokia screen pukes infront of a Galaxy Nexus screen. Things will only get better with SGS3.

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