Which has the best screen - HTC Sensation or Samsung Galaxy S II?

I don't really know what all the screen types mean, like qHD and AMOLED.

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blizzard7  May. 31, 2011 at 13:07

First some science!

In an LCD, you have a panel which produces coloured pixels and then a backlight behind this layer (on a phone it's normally some LEDs), which light up the coloured pixels, producing an image.

Now on an AMOLED display like on the Galaxy S II, there is no backlight, the pixels themselves light up to produce an image. What's good about this is that colours are a lot more vibrant, viewing angles are massive and blacks really are black (on an LCD the backlight will shining through will make it look slightly grey-ish). Also Super AMOLED has the best performance outdoors and is easily readable in broad daylight.

Now the Sensation has an LCD so it doesn't get all these advantages. BUT it has qHD. When you look very closely at a display you'll see it's made up of lots of little dots called pixels. Full HD has 1920 pixels going across the screen and 1080 pixels going down the screen (hence why full HD is called 1080p). qHD is simply a quarter of this amount of pixels (960 across, 540 down in landscape). Now the more pixels that make up a picture, the sharper it is. It's the same thing with cameras, more megapixels means clearer pictures (generally). The Galaxy S II has 800 pixels across and 480 down so the Sensation has more pixels, so it has a sharper display which will mean text, webpages and HD movies will look a lot better.

So it's vibrancy and deeper colours with the Galaxy and a sharper display on the Sensation. Why not pop down to a store and try them both if you're still undecided?

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2011 at 13:11

It's a very loaded question.
I know for a fact I'm not the only one who ditched the original Galaxy S because of its screen - a gorgeous affair for a few minutes, but painful after prolonged use. Sure, this is subjective - many millions loved it.
PERSONALLY, I wouldn't get another Samsung device anyways, so there, ignore me ;)


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