Which quality are you looking for most in a mobile display?


There are undoubtedly many aspects of what constitutes a decent mobile display, and even more of what actually makes a great one. Starting with the obvious, like outdoor visibility and color reproduction, we can also list more obscure qualities like power draw efficiency and good vertical viewing angles amongst the sought-after characteristics of a mobile screen.

When it comes to personal preferences, however, we arrive at murkier waters. While manufacturers keep racing the pixel density clock with the power-thirsty Quad HD monsters of late, the average user might be well-off with a 720p panel even. When it comes to color presentation, some find the gaudy hues of most Samsung AMOLED panels "vivid", others sniff at the slightest aberration from the standard RGB gamut, while most don't really lose any sleep over it. On the other hand, we can seemingly all rally around the demands that our phone panels sport decent outdoor visibility, and are frugal with power consumption, as screens are the chief culprit for battery drain, too.

That is why we wanted to ask you which of the mobile screen qualities listed below is the one you are looking for most in a phone or tablet, if you have to pick them based mainly on the display characteristics. We are deliberately skipping the "all of the above" option here, as it will most likely skew the results completely, wouldn't it? Check your mark in the poll, and argue your preference in the comments.

Which of these qualities are you looking for most in a mobile display?

High pixel density
19.76%
Good outdoor visibility
25.76%
Accurate color reproduction
29.68%
Wide viewing angles
4.69%
Power efficiency
20.11%

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61 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

AMOLED fits the bill for everything above. The Note 4 will have the best display of 214. 1440p, high power efficiency, clean whites, true blacks, near perfect color reproduction, amazing viewing angles, better outdoor visibility than led by far and a gigantic 5.7" screen with thin bezels.

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Is this a leak? I need the source for this to consider for my next phablet!

30. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well judging by the jump in performance from the S4 to S5 and even Note 3 to S5, it can be safely assumed that the next screen from Samsung will probably destroy most of the competition which has been using the same LCD tech that has been around for nearly a decade.

45. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Sammy has also bragged about the new Galaxy tab's screen, and a phablet usually has a type of screen it's manufacturer would brag about, so it's pretty likely it will have a nice screen.

5. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Except outdoor visibility...So far at least

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Nope, the S5's AMOLED is brighter than basically all the LCDs I think except only JDI/Sony's WhiteMagic LCDs, but those are not in their Z series and they have issues with being washed out when brightness is high The only remaining downside of AMOLEDs is burn in as far as I know now

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

AMOLEDS degrade overtime that's a friggin' fact If you're someone who only upgrade once every 3 years then Amoled is not for you

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Just like OLED, but people sacrifice quality over standard commercial typical products. People can't afford to replace the screen after 2 years of usage.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Project Ara? Not ready yet, but if it was a display replacement would probably ~$100

14. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

you are right, I had to replace my display due to burn in effect, my wife didn't do the same and her display now looks awful( not just the burn in, we can see every pixel right now), but I though it was just bad luck, not that it happened all the time with amoled

19. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

yes I have experienced burn in effect. possible occurs when device is 1.5 years old

23. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

3 years with my s2! Still no burn in!!

24. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, this remains true... a friend's Galaxy S3 has the keyboard's shadow burned in

46. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Hey PA, no option for oversaturated colours? I don't want accurate, I actually want super punchy, oversaturated colours, that make things look better than real life colours. Also no option for screen dimness. S5 is great for reading in the dark without disturbing my wife as the brightness can go extremely low.

2. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

ISP for me

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There are many different Internet Service Providers Which one would you recommend?

10. Chunkyspudface

Posts: 65; Member since: May 31, 2013

Touché...

16. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Lol that truly made my day sir.. +1 for you

35. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think he meant ICP. He's a juggalo!

44. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

40. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Bill Gates wants to change his Internet Service Provider. LOL

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

1. Good Brightness Levels 2. Has a custom white balance / hue sat. contrast calibration

8. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Anything else than TN and/or Crap'O'LED will do, preferably IPS.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

AMOLED is superior. ;)

34. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He's still sore that the the Note 3 and GS5 and Galaxy Tab were found to have better screens (including color accuracy) than the competing Apple products. It bothers him to the point be can't sleep at night.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Ips is old technology, fading away. Lmfao The irony and delusional you are. Apple ask Devs to make better apps for its OS, which means to modify. Same as Amoled is an modified vibrant rich . More like jealous you are cause you Apple company which provides everything is sub standard and non technological non advanced based. Typical simple basic products for typical dimwits average joes. The brainless consumers who rely on Apple to tell and lead them. Lmfao

36. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just say what you mean - whatever display tech Apple is using at the time, never anything Samsung is using.

9. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Power efficiency is what I want most then a good display with great viewing angle

13. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

what about punchy colors?

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I want all but I want it in this order. Accurate color reproduction Good outdoor visibility Power efficiency Wide viewing angles High pixel density

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