Tests show the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate 5.4x faster than iPhone 5

Tests show the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate 5.4x faster than iPhone 5
When we did our comparison of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Apple iPhone 5, we noted that the displays on each where pretty close in overall quality. Both displays have very high pixels-per-inch ratings, great color reproduction, and solid viewing angles. But, one thing we didn't really look at was refresh rate, and a new test shows the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate may be 5.4x faster than the iPhone 5.

The testing was done by MikroPC and used the Lagomin response time test to compare screen refresh rates for the Nokia Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S III. The explanation of the test is a bit tough to convey, because the original page is in Finnish (and it should be noted that there's always a chance that the test could be skewed towards the home team, aka the Nokia, but the test seems reliable). Basically, there is an image put on the screen, then changed, and the "ghost bars" are measured to determine the refresh rate (fewer bars means faster refresh). 

The tests also showed that the Lumia and the Galaxy S III didn't always draw everything correctly. The iPhone 5 had no dropped pixels, but the Lumia ranged between 0 and 5% dropped pixels, and the Galaxy S III between 10 and 30%. In the end the Lumia 920 had 0.59 “ghost bars”, while the Galaxy S III had 1.4,1 and the iPhone 5 came in well behind at 3.15. That makes the Lumia 920 display 2.4x faster than the Galaxy S III, and 5.4x faster than the iPhone 5.

Ultimately, the differences aren't all that big, but could be noticeable in the right circumstances. 

source: MikroPC
thanks to Faisal for the tip!

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41 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Nice refresh rate Nokia :)

3. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I KNOW, RIGHT?!??!?!!

29. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

lol dude u Nokia exec or something??

6. wendygarett unregistered

"The explanation of the test is a bit tough to convey, because the original page is in Finnish (and it should be noted that there's always a chance that the test could be skewed towards the home team, aka the Nokia, but the test seems reliable)." As long as it's convey me enough it's faster compared to most, that's enough for me... Please stop bashing PA LOL

33. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

yeh nokia rocks and iphone just keep saying behhh beeehhh

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

(and it should be noted that there's always a chance that the test could be skewed towards the home team, aka the Nokia, but the test seems reliable) wow. that's not just good saying such thing. If anything else, lumia 920 has the best display on the market as of now. Exception of "pixel density".

4. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Nokia = perfection

7. hariprasath.j unregistered

Nokia + Android = Perfection

23. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia + Android = CRAP, i am glad Nokia didn't chose Android! I love Nokia, but Android is a crap os!

36. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

If Nokis deals with Android the other companies wont sell phones hhh most of the people loves nokia and most of them go and buy other phones cuz it has android (including me im the biggest nokia fan in the world but I went two weeks ago and bought Note2)

40. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sure first you are saying you are the biggest Nokia fan in the world.........and then you bougt a Note2......what is wrong with this picture???? NOOB

41. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Yes I bought Note cuz its Android . When wp8 will bring apps like android then I will bye the next lumia phone

22. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nokia + Android = perfection Nokia + Windows = perfection Nokia + Symbian = perfection Nokia + Meego = perfection Nokia is the best and greatest phone's manufacturer. By the way, I have Galaxy S3 because I like Android, but I could not find any quality as great as Nokia's.

30. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

dude come on... i dont get it! what kind of phone do u want that would satisfy ur QUALITY needs?? phone made out of TITANIUM or IRON??? S3 is made out of High quality plastic so as to lower the weight! i own S3 and my bro has iPhone 5. and guess what i personally feel iPhone is way too light! but again its made out of Aluminum. u people have no respect for gadgets! i love samsung for its products! not saying Nokia is bad, nokia is great! but its NOT PERFECT! hell, its not at all better than samsung!

32. LOTR12

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Manufacturers shouldn't even weigh their phones. Do those 30 gr less of the iPhone really matter. The first time I switched from an old phone to a smartphone, I picked up the smartphone and almost dropped it, because of it's lightness. 2 days later, it felt as heavy as the old phone. Weight should matter on tablets because they're a lot bigger and heavier, when you hold them for a long time your hands hurt. You can hold your phone for as long as you want, and it wont hurt (except for phablets)

5. ODabaja unregistered

LOOOOL @Nadr1212

8. MeoCao unregistered

I saw some reviews on Youtube and was very impressed with Lumia 920 screen, the camera is top notch, the build quality is great. But Lumia is hampered by an inferior OS and late release (MS fault, not Nokia's). Had L920 been released at the same time as GS3 I think 920 could've been a serious competitor to GS3.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Exactly how fast of a difference in time??? Really important piece of info here. Are we talking a fraction of a millisecond?

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"but could be noticeable in the right circumstances." Michael, could you give an example of the right circumstances? What immediately occurs is possibly watching videos, but I would be interested in your take.

14. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

When scrolling, the display and text/image flow looks more crisp and smooth, with a lot less chaos. That's it. But I would like this gimmic more than the retina display gimmic.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Thanks for the example. Is it just limited to scrolling? Out of curiosity, why wouldn't it present itself while watching video?

18. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I think it would and also for scrolling bars and pop up advertisements.

26. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It will also work great with complex videos and games with high FPS and lots going on. The display wont look as scrambled as with something with regular refresh rate.

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Dear Michael how is it that you know they were partial ? We know you love apple man plz stop PDA with Iphone ;)

12. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lumia 920's refresh rate is faster than iPhone. The end!!!

13. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

If Retina Display on a 3.5 inch screen (now 4 inch) can be considered big, this is huge...

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nokia Lumia 920 is currently World Best Windows Phone

16. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

that's y i love nokia

19. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Well duh....i didn't need a test to know that...it's a iphone what do you expect.........other than patent lawsuits i mean

20. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nokia is the best!!! they're like TVQX (kpop group) means "the rising god of the east" but they are from the west!!! love them!! i love nokia!

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