Screen comparison: iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S5 vs G3 vs One (M8) vs iPhone 5s

Whenever a new major flagship smartphone comes out, we tend to stage an in-depth screen comparison in order to determine if the manufacturer has managed to leapfrog the stiff competition in this all so important aspect. Of course, the just-released Apple iPhone 6 is major enough to justify a new screen comparison, especially since Apple prides itself in producing some of the very best displays in the industry...
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104 Comments

86. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Why bother, the tests are biased anyway.... You have to take Phonearena's assessment with a grain of salt because 99.9% of the time its wrong

64. inteli7

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

well this is applearena

77. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

is it the same as "paidbyapplearena" ? or more of "kissapplearsearena"?

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Eh, that seems about right mostly.

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

We're all know that Amoled had some problem with variabilities. LCD screen is also, but less. PA's GS5 is the unit with green tint. So in any comparison GS5 is so bad.

28. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well they can only test what they have, wouldn't really seem fair to keep buying phones until they find a "good one" would it? Us customers don't get that privilege.

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

super amoled is the best !

5. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Samsung galaxy s5 has a very bad screen ?? xD

65. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

That green looking white tiger is pretty bad looking on the S5

6. John.v2

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

so disappointed that you didn't include z3 ...i wanted to see its outdoor visibility ...700nits

43. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Your do and comment is a perfect match..... Not hating..... Just saying..

44. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Your dp and comment is a perfect match..... Not hating..... Just saying..

8. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Where's the z3 and z3compact?

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

For what? Everyone already knows that the Z3 does not have an accurate calibration. Even Sony itself has been explained in Xperia Details. http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2014/09/17/xperia-details-xperia-z3-series-display/ The only thing I want to know is how well the outdoors visibility of the Z3 compared to other phones.

27. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

So what if it's not accurate? Does it mean it shouldn't been compared to the others? Look at the S5 images. Do they look accurate? No. Still they tested it.

37. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1, Exactly. valid point.

46. phantom_six_man

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

true,people want to know and to see a comparison on z3/z3c,you genza is complaining but still in the last phrase you still want to see a comparison too

93. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You do know that the images provided in this article are ones that have been post processed right? It's so exaggerated.

91. krasi

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Well Sony clamed 600nits of brightness but PA measurement sad more than 700 nits, so fell free to imagine... :)

9. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Very good comparison not only shows some the technical data and theory but also real life images with reference. That makes this comparison could be easier to understand by anyone and more reliable.

10. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Didn't Display mate said Samsung S5 has the best screen.

22. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Poor Samsung... worst design, worst display, slowest phone...S5 is complete fail...

35. wilsong17 unregistered

Still selling more than any other brand except apple

87. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Poor Apple... have to pay websites to get good reviews... lol

33. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

So the G3 has the tightest display, but the lowest brightness. The iPhone has the lowest resolution, but the highest brightness. Seems to me the phone makers need to understand the technology better. LCD works by blocking and unblocking light. The more pixels you have, the more "mesh" of LCD you have blocking the backlight. So it makes sense to me that the G3 has battery life disproportionate to its battery size, because not only is it addressing more pixels, it needs a stronger backlight to push through them. QHD at this size just seems a waste of energy to me.

36. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I find your lack of a Lumia disturbing.

38. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

How come GS5 got lowest score? Where is Z3? L1520? Oh PA you just wanna show some (lot) love for your God sent idevice? What a joke article is this.

48. SamC1803

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

I don't know what kind of wacky-ass settings you used on the GS5, but it takes the best pictures I've seen on any phone. Except maybe low-light, but that's an issue across the board. Also, I like how the GS5 scored high-mid on every section except for one, and still ends up last place. Of course, if Apple was paying me to write this article, I'd put its biggest rival at the bottom too.

53. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This is a displays article, not photos. I think the S5 is in last place because it's not the best at anything. There's nothing wrong with the screen, but being mid-pack at everything makes it the worst of the best.

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