DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S4 display trumps S3, ties iPhone 5

DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S4 display trumps S3, ties iPhone 5Man, it’s been too long since we heard from Dr. Raymond Soneira, owner of DisplayMate Technologies. Last we wrote, he was saying that 1080p smartphone displays were kinda pointless.

Now he’s put the Samsung Galaxy S4’s display under the microscope (literally, by the sounds of it), concluding – in layman’s terms – that it’s pretty freakin’ good.

Key finds from Soneira’s study include the Samsung Galaxy S4’s maximum brightness being higher than that of the Samsung Galaxy S3, while its average power efficiency also ranks higher (er, by being lower, if that makes sense).

Compared to the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 crams in almost as many subpixels per inch, while light reflection is as good as – if not better than – the iPhone 5’s.

“The display on the Galaxy S4 is a major enhancement and improvement over the Galaxy S III,” says Soneira. “It has a full HD 1920x1080 resolution display with 441 Pixels Per Inch. It is also better calibrated, brighter, and bigger.”

As for the iPhone 5, it generally scored well in Soneira’s assessment, with brightness decrease at viewing angles being his main concern.

Fancy reading more? Lots more? Check out Soneira’s Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 5 display comparison over at the DisplayMate site.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 26, 2013 at 16:23

Display brightness on S2, S3 and Note 2 is nuts imho... I installed apps to go below what Samsung deemed "darkest"!

lutin  Apr. 26, 2013 at 22:32

This comparison of the s4 display versus the htc one is a bit of an eye opener:

lutin  Apr. 26, 2013 at 22:46

This comparison of the s4 display versus the htc one is a bit of an eye opener:


http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gs4-vs-one-macro-small.jpg
http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gs4-vs-one-macro-small.jpg

roly  Apr. 27, 2013 at 07:00

Which is best in bright sunlight ? ....( the S3 is poor )

SwagDaddyTing  Apr. 27, 2013 at 12:19

This comparison of the s4 display versus the htc one is a bit of an eye opener:


http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gs4-vs-one-macro-small.jpg
http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gs4-vs-one-macro-small.jpg

HTC One looks 500 times better!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 28, 2013 at 12:00

As always, these comparisons are a bit pointless.
E.g, I know for a fact that I'm not the only one who doesn't like Samsung's oversaturating AMOLEDs. Combined with Samsung's (for MY taste) awful UI design language pixel density etc are totally irrelevant. I prefer the One's screen, the iPhone 5's - heck, the N9's, too.
It's like raw benchmark results... Gimme a break. In real life usage they are mostly irrelevant.

So many factors. Windows people try a Mac or a Linux distro, and go, "wtf, what is this sh*t?" Or they say, "wtf, how did I ever live with Windows"?!
You cannot argue about certain aspects. Aesthetic choices, taste, visual stimulation etc etc... It's the beholder.
That's my opinion, anyway.

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