Screen comparison: G3 vs Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 vs One (M8) vs iPhone 5s

With a new flagship handset out of the gate (we're looking at you, LG G3), it's time for us to sit down, power up the calibrators, get our magnifying glasses, and do a nice and detailed inspection of what we're dealing with when it comes to that gigantic, 5.5” display...
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190 Comments

193. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Why was any post-processing needed anyways? Wasn't it better to show the natural colour of the displays rather than making it artificial and exaggerated?

191. aksdad

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

All have spectacular displays and only the most discriminating viewer would notice the difference in a direct side-by-side comparison. It should be noted that the Samsung Galaxy S5 display is much better than the reviewer noted. It has different color modes for bright, everyday viewing, for videos and for photos. The reviewer kept the S5 in standard mode which is too blue on purpose for better brightly lit, outdoor viewing. It will hit 698 nits, higher than the iPhone's 580. When Cinema mode is selected, the color accuracy improves dramatically. DisplayMate, which performs a much more thorough and rigorous test, noted that "the Galaxy S5 Cinema Mode has the most accurate colors for any Smartphone or Tablet display that we have ever measured." That means even better than the iPad Retina which is a beautiful and accurate display. Search for "Samsung Galaxy S5 color test" or go to the website for DisplayMate.

190. AcerStan

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

I would assume S5 has a better display than S4 which I have. That tiger picture looks nothing like the one shown in this review. Either PA tested a faulty unit or the display was put in a weird screen mode.

189. bdgcitizen

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Nothing special with screen on Z2 and Sony is the worst after sales... suck

192. marlowe10011

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

Oh come on, stop being indignant about the results and directly calumniating sony xperia z2 for having better display than s5. Just compare it in actual observation of both the phone. Because, I have tried comparing it and I can say xperia z2 has deep red, green and blue compare to s5.

186. marlowe10011

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

S5 lose this battle, sorry for s5 owners but the truth hurts especially if you are very loyal to samsung's very acclaimed super amoled display that over saturates the color making it fake from natural.

185. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Color is a perception. Everyone sees it differently. As a teenager in the mid 70's, I worked in a television repair shop and when I made a house call it was the hardest thing to adjust the color because what looked good to me, didn't look good to the end user. I liked them more on the warm side, but for some reason a lot of people wanted their screen to make the person look like they had spent WAY too much time in the sun! An "old timer" repairman told me a piece of good advise. Adjust to where the people (on a live tv broadcast) faces look correct. You get the flesh tones looking good, pretty much everything else will fall into line. Same with phones, to some degree. Find a good photo of someone you know personally, and if your screen has the ability, adjust to make the face look correct. If you can do that, pretty much everything will look good.

184. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

props to apple, the 5s is still banging =) G3 is really gorgeous but the display just a gimmick...take a fhd display and the G3 would be flying

182. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

181. moboman

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Tell me, what did Apple pay you for this results? Or are you guys just total iPhone fanboys? Anyone of us can just go to a retailer and have a look ourselves, as I did a few days ago. And let me tell you: Apple lost that one, big time!

180. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I really wanna have a Lg G3 :C I dont care about these rates LOL >.

179. tyson3

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

This article isn't accurate at all! The lg g3 isn't bad at all in sunlight and to be honest there isn't a lot out to show off the g3 just yet. Those screen shots work well for other phone bc the pic are made for a screen with lower resolution so of course lg doesn't look as good. But when they use pics or videos that show you what it can do then you will see the difference.

178. aaronix

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

where is Lumia 1520 ?

177. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Am I the only one here who thinks this is a SPONSORED article by Apple? Remember, whenever a big flagship is about to come from specific manufacturer, every blog/site starts writing articles about their last/current flagships to build hype. Doesn't surprise me if PA doing the exact same thing because iPhone 6 is just around the corner.

175. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I don't believe this site when it comes to these kinds of comparison..

174. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

every major display-expert site says that the s5 is probably the best smartphone display right now, with the one m8 the most possible second, yet the phonearena once again shows the iphone is the best. dear phonearena authors you lose credibility this way, i hope you can see that.

173. hosseing5

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Do you think we are stupid, apple iphone have best display? All of people know that phonearena=antisumsong really how money get from apple for comparison?

171. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

No surprise here. I really, really do not understand all the whining about the Asian brands, when it is clear, that the iPhone is only behind in pixel density. Everything else is Apple territory. And it is also very logical. Serously, people. How can you say black to the white? Comparing the engineering of Apple to some Asian manufacturer - it is clear who is going to be on top.

172. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

In Bengali we use an word called 'gandu' for stupid like you, and racist. Get one thing straight, if Apple takes Samsung's p00p twice daily even then they can never reach the quality control of Samsung. Get that straight in your dumb head.

170. Daytonadave17

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 26, 2013

Screw all these! Lumia 1520 beats them all! but yet again you don't put it against these flagship's! Lame how this site favors everything else except windows phones

169. aldude345

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Google white tiger and it's halfway down the first I page :)

168. aldude345

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

By that I mean Google it it's there and the answer is clear

167. aldude345

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Fard-hadbur has it right. PA definetly has this wrong and lie. The amoled screens of s5 and note 3 show the same tiger picture the best of any if those phones....not sure why it looks so different to them....I laugh

163. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G3 still the SHARPEST and still Great in COLOR REPRODUCTION. the outdoor visibility is not that bad! most people will not looking their phone'screen in the middle of the Sunlight! Great Job LG!

162. Ethos unregistered

well display on iphone made by samsung .?? ooh what a paradox isnnee ? ;)

161. Ethos unregistered

this been done by HUUUGE iphone sittt fanboy !!!!!!1

158. Mars2003

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Would've liked to have seen a Lumia 1520 on this list, they've got some pretty clever stuff going on for daylight readability.

155. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Not a big fan of Sony's displays.

152. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

S5 all the way in my opinion... just ordered one fromhttp://www.comparephonemarket.co.uk. Without doubt the best comparison site out there

151. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

Sgs5 definitely dominates in the screen game but the iPhone's blacks can be very reflective
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