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iPhone 5 outperforms Samsung's Galaxy S III in display test

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A comprehensive side-by-side examination of the Apple and Samsung flagship smartphones was performed by display testing firm DisplayMate Technologies, which found the iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina display to be more refined than the OLED unit found in the Galaxy S III.

DisplayMate's "Flagship Smartphone Display Technology Shoot-Out" not only pitted the iPhone 5 against the Galaxy S III, but added in the iPhone 4's Retina display to show how Apple's display technology has advanced over the past two years.

The test consisted of numerous tests covering screen reflections, brightness and contrast, colors and intensities, viewing angles, display power consumption and effect on battery life.

"Apple has uncharacteristically understated how much better the display is on the iPhone 5 ? something that could be an important factor for those considering whether to upgrade," said DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond Soneira. "In every category that we measure (except Brightness Decrease with Viewing Angle), the performance of the iPhone 5 display has improved over the iPhone 4, sometimes by a bit and sometimes by a lot."

Compared to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 has decreased screen reflectance by 52 percent, boosted contrast by 57 percent and improved color accuracy. Soneira notes the iPhone 5's display calibration is very good and, while suffering from minor gamma intensity, that "It is still probably more accurate than any display you own, unless you have a new iPad."

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Source: DisplayMate Technologies


Highlights from the iPhone 5 test:

[?] it is the Brightest Smartphone we have tested in the Shoot-Out series, it has one of the lowest screen Reflectance values we have ever measured, it has the highest Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light for any Mobile device we have ever tested, and it?s Color Gamut and Factory Calibration are second only to the new iPad. What are the downsides? The White Point is still somewhat too blue like most Smartphones, and at Maximum Brightness it has a shorter Running Time than the iPhone 4, which is not surprising since it has a larger screen and a larger Color Gamut but roughly the same capacity battery.


As for Samsung's Galaxy S III, the device's PenTile display performed admirably, but the OLED technology the screen leverages is still being perfected and is not up to par with the LCD tech used in the iPhone 5.

Overall Assessments


Highlights from the Galaxy S III test:
The Brightness is about half of the iPhone 5 due to power limits from the lower power efficiency of OLEDs and concerns regarding premature OLED aging. The Color Gamut is not only much larger than the Standard Color Gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the Color Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images. Samsung has not bothered to correct or calibrate their display colors to bring them into closer agreement with the Standard sRGB / Rec.709 Color Gamut, so many images appear over saturated and gaudy. Running Time on battery is less than the iPhone 5 due to the lower power efficiency of OLEDs, even given that the Galaxy S III has a much larger battery capacity and much lower Brightness.

Overall, the iPhone 5 scored an "A" rating while the Galaxy S III earned a "B+" on poor calibration and viewing angle issues.
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But but but but but but butt!

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But...but..but... All the fandroids have been whining... ahem... "preaching" to us lowly joe-consumers how superior OLED is to LCD!! It can't be right!!

Oh wait... sorry. Keep forgetting that Fandroids have the false belief that they know what's best in tech.
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Whoop Dee Doo

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...and it matters to very few but those bent on some silly 'Team This vs Team That' nonsense.

Reasonable people just buy what they want and don't bother worrying about what others do.
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but... but... but... iPhone 5 display it's the same as iPhone 4S display, only streched. Well, bad news! It´s not the same! It's much better and superior to S3 !

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Apple 4.0" ISP LCD >>>>>>>> 4.8" Samsung Pentile crap

iPhone 5 >>>>>>>>> Samsung Galaxy SIII

Apple user >>>>>>>>> Brainwashed Fandroid

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Even the nearly two and a half year old iPhone 4 gets a better screen score than the Galaxy S III.

 

That's pretty sad. 

 

For the fandroids, that is. It's obviously good for Apple, and I couldn't care less what Samsung feels.


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...and it matters to very few but those bent on some silly 'Team This vs Team That' nonsense.
Reasonable people just buy what they want and don't bother worrying about what others do.
 

And unreasonable people whine that scores don't matter only when their team is losing. And buy two of every device on the market.

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So, based on what I've seen, the Galaxy S III has failed the Android Authority drop test, failed the processor speed tests (even though Apple's A6 is running at a lower clock speed), failed the screen test.  What's next?  The battery test? That should be EASY.

 

So what really does the Samsung S III really have that's better?  A larger screen?  WOW.

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Samsung can´t keep the size of their phone... S1 was one size, S2 bigger, S3 bigger !!!!  In 5 years... samsung fans will carry a 10 inch smartphone :)

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Originally Posted by drblank View Post

So what really does the Samsung S III really have that's better?  A larger screen?

 

A worse larger screen!

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...the Color Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images.


Considering it has 2x as many Green pixels as it has Blue or Red pixels this isn't surprising.

Also, since we're not dealing with RGB-RGB but RG-BG subpixels I don't think it's accurate to simply state the pixels whilst ignoring an inferior subpixel arrangement. The Phone 5 has 978 SPPI (subpixels per inch) while the Samsung SII only has 612 SPPI.

That said, Samsung's innovation here to create a chapter, lower-power display is an achievement for AMOLED but it is no way the same league as the iPhone's displays over the years and is a very odd choice considering that the SIII is Samsung's flagship device. Imagine if Apple decided to cut the quality of the display down considerably to make it cheaper? Do you think the Android crowd would be quiet about that? I don't think so.

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For the fandroids, that is. It's obviously good for Apple, and I couldn't care less what Samsung feels.
And unreasonable people whine that scores don't matter only when their team is losing. And buy two of every device on the market.

Sure... Whatever...

Which still makes my opinion, which comes from a vantage point of Actually Owning These Devices, vastly more relevant/credible than some over-zealous, divisive rhetoric spewing brand-fanatic to whom 'scores don't matter when their team is losing'.

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Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post

 

Thank you for showing that you do indeed buy everything on the market, showing that you buy what you want, not necessarily what you'd actually need or be able to reasonably use.

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Sure... Whatever...
Which still makes my opinion, which comes from a vantage point of Actually Owning These Devices, vastly more relevant/credible

 

 

No. But it *does* make it more anecdotal. 

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Thank you for showing that you do indeed buy everything on the market, showing that you buy what you want, not necessarily what you'd actually need or be able to reasonably use.

Actually... I merely buy exacly what I want/when I want because I have the means, doing so without the slightest concern/regard for your input. ;-)
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Sure... Whatever...
Which still makes my opinion, which comes from a vantage point of Actually Owning These Devices, vastly more relevant/credible than some over-zealous, divisive rhetoric spewing brand-fanatic to whom 'scores don't matter when their team is losing'.
http://imageshack.us/a/img37/7893/p1000616m.jpg

Show use the images of people's faces between both devices if you think that PenTile is so damn superior.

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Show use the images of people's faces between both devices if you think that PenTile is so damn superior.

Hmmm... Never once did I say anything about something being 'superior', therefore your little profane tirade is rendered MOOT.
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Sure... Whatever...
Which still makes my opinion, which comes from a vantage point of Actually Owning These Devices, vastly more relevant/credible than some over-zealous, divisive rhetoric spewing brand-fanatic to whom 'scores don't matter when their team is losing'.
http://imageshack.us/a/img37/7893/p1000616m.jpg

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Samsung [Galaxy S III]... images appear over saturated and gaudy.

I call it crappy.

 

Note that Samsung recognizes full well how crappy the S III display is, as evidenced by the color adjustment made in the published "It doesn't take a genius" ads:

http://cdn.gottabemobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/SAM12172-PrintWSJ10.87x21_copy_610x1179.jpg

 

In person, the unadulterated image looks more like this:

http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/images/G150/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-touchwiz-ux-ui-0.jpg?20120504-154218

 

EE-YUCK!

 

(and that doesn't even illustrate the over-emphasized green).

 

Oh, I know, millions of Fandroids out there are saying, "Look at the colors, George! The colors!"


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Considering it has 2x as many Green pixels as it has Blue or Red pixels this isn't surprising.
Also, since we're not dealing with RGB-RGB but RG-BG subpixels I don't think it's accurate to simply state the pixels whilst ignoring an inferior subpixel arrangement.

Camera sensors have two green sites for each red and blue site, I'm surprised they didn't make better adjustments to account for what is likely a very easily solved problem.
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Is that thing on the right from Toys R Us?

They're ALL 'toys' in many ways, but at least the one 'on the right' came completely without blemishes/manufacturing defects, which is more than can be said for the one on the left. :-)
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Camera sensors have two green sites for each red and blue site, I'm surprised they didn't make better adjustments to account for what is likely a very easily solved problem.

If you look at the closeups of PenTile displays the Green subpixels are smaller than the Red and Blue subpixels, but that simply doesn't work for every rendering that could be displayed. I guess they have the system adjust the display based on an algorithm that determines what image type is most prominent but if you're going to go to that much trouble you might as well just invest in a properly rendered display.

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OLED technology will be superior one day- it just isn't now. That's why the IPS LCD dominates it.

And daharder- if the iPhone is so much worse than the s3- why is the iPhone the one on the network?

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So, based on what I've seen, the Galaxy S III has failed the Android Authority drop test, failed the processor speed tests (even though Apple's A6 is running at a lower clock speed), failed the screen test.  What's next?  The battery test? That should be EASY.

 

So what really does the Samsung S III really have that's better?  A larger screen?  WOW.

Don't forget the "superior pocket profile"!

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...and it matters to very few but those bent on some silly 'Team This vs Team That' nonsense.
Reasonable people just buy what they want and don't bother worrying about what others do.

No, reasonable people have an open mind and look at facts rather than listening to the paid shills from Samsung.

The iPhone has been shown to be faster, have a much better screen, much better ecosystem, far better customer satisfaction and much higher demand than any other phone on the market. If you can demonstrate that the SIII is a better choice for some reason, feel free to do so.
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So, based on what I've seen, the Galaxy S III has failed the Android Authority drop test, failed the processor speed tests (even though Apple's A6 is running at a lower clock speed), failed the screen test.  What's next?  The battery test? That should be EASY.

So what really does the Samsung S III really have that's better?  A larger screen?  WOW.

They have more paid shills. See Daharder's post, for example.

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Also, since we're not dealing with RGB-RGB but RG-BG subpixels I don't think it's accurate to simply state the pixels whilst ignoring an inferior subpixel arrangement. The Phone 5 has 978 SPPI (subpixels per inch) while the Samsung SII only has 612 SPPI.

Exactly. That's why the iPhone is retina even when held significantly closer than the SIII. Anything is retina if you hold it far enough away.
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OLED technology will be superior one day- it just isn't now. That's why the IPS LCD dominates it.
And daharder- if the iPhone is so much worse than the s3- why is the iPhone the one on the network?
And there isn't any proof those are yours. Take a picture of your fridge and puttem both on the same table with that picture on it. You've never proven your stack of devices are really yours. Not that I really care one way or the other- but I just don't believe ya. Someone who hates apple that much wouldn't constantly support them.

Oh Please... just because you don't appear to understand that there are those of us who simply appreciate/buy technology (from ALL manufacturers) because we enjoy it doesn't justify some inane conspiracy from those who don't.

Additionally: Find ONE Post wherein I said I 'hate Apple' - (Hint: There Isn't One).
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Even the nearly two and a half year old iPhone 4 gets a better screen score than the Galaxy S III.

That's pretty sad. 

For the fandroids, that is. It's obviously good for Apple, and I couldn't care less what Samsung feels.
And unreasonable people whine that scores don't matter only when their team is losing. And buy two of every device on the market.

It's understandable that he has to buy two of every Samsung phone. That way, he has one to use while the other is charging.

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They're ALL 'toys' in many ways, but at least the one 'on the right' came completely without blemishes/manufacturing defects, which is more than can be said for the one on the left. :-)

Really? So where are the relative defect rates for the two products?

As usual, you're pretending that a few anecdotal reports are meaningful (at least when they support your hatred of Apple products).

In the end, Apple's products have by far the best customer satisfaction rating in the industry while Samsung is well below average. That's far more important than your silly whining.
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Maybe next year the Galaxy S will get an updated screen....
 

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Sure... Whatever...
Which still makes my opinion, which comes from a vantage point of Actually Owning These Devices, vastly more relevant/credible than some over-zealous, divisive rhetoric spewing brand-fanatic to whom 'scores don't matter when their team is losing'.
http://imageshack.us/a/img37/7893/p1000616m.jpg

Having owned both of these phones myself, I much prefer the iPhone 5's display over that of the S III. Both displays are nice, but even compared to the display of my 4S, the S III's display looked yellow and a bit washed out, especially when browsing. Text was crisper as well on the iPhone. Sorry if that's not what you want to hear, but that's my experience, having owned both phones as well.
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Please.  Everyone knows Pentile and OLED screens suck except the Samsung fanboys. 

 

For a real comparison, they should have used the HTC One X, which uses a real RGB IPS LCD panel (called S LCD and made by Sony) or a high end LG phone (also RGB IPS).  After all, LG is the main manufacturer of Apple's IPS screens... 

 

Samsung phones have the worst displays out of all high-end Androids - HTC, LG, Sony all use better screens.  And at the moment LCD technology is still ahead of OLED. 

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Well, I have Galaxy Note with a large OLED screen, which looks great until I put it side by side with my iPhone 4S, which is far brighter, crisper, clearer and with much better color definition! Also, after a few weeks the Note OLED screen started to dim after a few seconds. No amount of adjustments in settings changes this. Worse still battery life has dropped dramatically, to less than an hour!

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They're ALL 'toys' in many ways, but at least the one 'on the right' came completely without blemishes/manufacturing defects, which is more than can be said for the one on the left. :-)


the one on the right is made with cheap plastic. No one cares if it has blemishes.

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OLED technology will be superior one day- it just isn't now.

LCD will be superior to plasma one day. People have been saying that for at least a decade.

Which technology is better never actually matters.

What matters is whether you're using the best technology available. Or in the case of Samsung, not so much. In that respect, Samsung is way ahead of Apple.

/s

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Well, they just like BIGGER, but not necessarily BETTER. They probably don't even have the apps that have been made to take advantage of their resolution.

What I found funny is that only the GREEN pixels are at a high density, but the RED and BLUE pixels are only at 206ppi. So what does THAT mean? LOT'S OF GREEN?

Shouldn't they ALL be at the SAME pixel density as the screen? Wouldn't that make more sense? I am just looking this from a common sense perspective and I am not an expert in screens, but i am just looking at the specs.

The other problem that I have seen videos and discussions on is that OLED screens do get burn-in from displaying WHITE. Maybe someone should investigate that.

I'm waiting for the battery tests, that's something that could EASILY be tested.
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What cracks me up the most is that the Samsung S III isn't always using THEIR own processor, many of them have a Snapdragon S4.  I wonder why?  Maybe their own chip SUCKS and they are just putting them in some markets hoping that no one will notice the difference.  What's up with that Samsung?

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Maybe next year the Galaxy S will get an updated screen....
 

 

Shush . haven't you heard? Samsung have denied that they will be launching a new Galaxy 4 in spring next year!

 

They would say that, wouldn't they, lol.gif because they are scared that people will stop buying Galaxy 3, knowing it is yesterday's technology.lol.gif

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I've never understood Samsung's insistence on using AMOLED. The technology is fairly new and as of now inferior to IPS LCD.
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Please.  Everyone knows Pentile and OLED screens suck except the Samsung fanboys. 

 

For a real comparison, they should have used the HTC One X, which uses a real RGB IPS LCD panel (called S LCD and made by Sony) or a high end LG phone (also RGB IPS).  After all, LG is the main manufacturer of Apple's IPS screens... 

 

Samsung phones have the worst displays out of all high-end Androids - HTC, LG, Sony all use better screens.  And at the moment LCD technology is still ahead of OLED. 

Yeah, but isn't Apple now using the In-Cell screens that Apple has a patent on?  IPS screens were originally designed by Hitachi YEARS ago, but I guess Apple has been working with various screen suppliers, LG IS ONLY ONE OF THEM, to improve them.

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The Color Gamut is not only much larger than the Standard Color Gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the Color Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images.

So now we know how they picked the color for the little Android character.

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