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?



48. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nice. I want to see a Xperia S vs Lumia 900

47. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

In videos and images like the ones in this article is when I really notice that the iphone's design looks so outdated... look at the huge space in the casing up and below the screen... it is just huge... and the screen looks so tiny in relation to the htc flagship... it is like some years ago when everybody was holding a nokia n95 and the first iphone was announced... it looks simply wrong and out of fashion... or is it just me??

52. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I agree lumia worst design ever

53. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


46. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The Lumia !!!

45. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Let me preface this by saying I'm a WP7 fan. This test was not designed to measure any objective category, such as highest resolution or most accurate colors (in which case, the Lumia 900 would certainly lose out). As they stated in the article, they were simply looking for the phone that gave them the most PLEASANT viewing experience. This is clearly a subjective matter, but one that is realistic because the viewing experience is what all that screen technology boils down to in the end. Anyway, try not to discount the screen on the Lumia 900 just because of its standard resolution, or because you are a fan of another platform. This is especially true if you are saying that other screens are superior because they are AMOLED; the Lumia 900 uses an AMOLED screen with Nokia's Clear Black Display (CBD) technology on top of it, which reduces the reflectance. In essence, it is a saturated AMOLED screen that has less reflection issues and therefore looks better in most viewing situations.

44. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

The picture that looks good to the eye is the nokia lumia 900. What is the point in having an hd screen, retina display, dual core, quad core, all these mean nothing. The test has proven that it's not about numbers or cores, it's about the final product and the user experience. I don't mind if a phone has a 200mhz processor, as long as it doesn't lag. I wouldn't buy a phone if it has 20 cores and yet it lags!

43. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I heard that if some IFANS are taunted of their I-thingies there bloodpresure rizes and they get really really really angry for that no matter what

39. peacekeeper05

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Oversaturated colors= fake, unreal colors=Amoled. The most stupid article on phonearena yet :)

41. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

the most stupid commenter here

38. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Bad headline. HTC One X is not whole Android. Should be iphone 4S vs HTC One X vs Lumia 900. One phone dont stand for whole OS ecosystem.

37. peacekeeper05

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

You've got to be kidding me. when did color saturation became the only measure of who will win a screen test? It is only natural that amoled screen will have the most saturated colors. If you are going to compare Color Saturation only then use an android phone that has an Amoled screen like the Galaxy Nexus or the GS2.

40. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

because you are a s-sheep.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And u are a prisonsheeeep.

33. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

THIS IS THE STUPIDEST, MOST IGNORANT ARTICLE I'VE SEEN ON THIS SITE THIS YEAR. He could've used any AMOLED (Galaxy S 1, for example) screen and get to the same conclusion - they have the most saturated colors. The AH-IPS used in One X has scientifically measured data to back it up - several times more accurate colors than SAMOLED:

32. r41nier

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

iPhone - undersaturated colors HTC One X -almost correct colors Nokia Lumia 900 - oversaturated colors

28. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

android fanboys are so sick!!!why r u guys so blind!!!lumia screen looks so gr8!!

27. adamross55

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

This is complete BS. The Lumia's screen isnt even qHD and the colors are extremely over saturated. Your comparing a phone that has 217 PPI against a phone with 326 PPI (iPhone) and a phone with 312 PPI (One X) Why is this website so skewed with its reviews and articles?

22. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

You guys are a bunch of idiots, AMOLED isn't necessarily samsung.

20. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

iPhone 4 is going on 2 years now. It is about time that something caught up to it. Like it or not, Apple did a good job on the "Retina" display for the iPhone.

16. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Both lumia and one x looks gorgeous.

14. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

the nokias screen is simply the most well rounded and brilliant screen out right now. my eyes dont' looks at statistics. they look at screens. i went to atts store, tried EVERY single phone on different websites, and tried different wall papers...the nokia lumia 900 blew them all away...only real competition was from the Galaxy note. That was a close second in my opinion..but also is 5 maybe a tie? to bad the the battery life and app selection sucks on the lumia 900 or i would have kept it..i really liked that screen and nokia maps was very nice as well as the phone radio. build quality was also questionable, the mini sim holder is very flimsy and pokes out and also the camera on the back get scratched very easily.

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.

23. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lol sfan.

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

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