iPhone 4 Retina Display vs Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED

UPADTE: Check out may Super AMOLED comparison videos here and here
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Here’s a quick comparison between the iPhone 4′s Retina Display and the Samsung Galaxy S’s super AMOLED. The first thing you will notice is the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the Super AMOLED which make the panel look really inferior to the IPS LCD on the iPhone 4. People will automatically jump to the conclusion that the higher pixel density on the iPhone 4 is the winner here, but this isn’t the case. The problem here is the PenTile Matrix which cause the image to look fuzzy not the lower PPI. A interesting test would be to snap a couple of pictures of the Droid X or regular Droid screen and compare them to the Retina Display of the iPhone 4. Both Motorola handsets have a similar ISP LCD panel as Apple’s device (but with lower PPI because of the size of their screens) so you probably won’t notice any major difference other than the smaller size of the pixels on the iPhone 4 (check out how the LCD panel of the HTC HD2 compares to the PenTile Matrix on the HTC Desire here). I personally think that Apple made a good decision when going for an IPS panel instead of a Super AMOLED now that it is known that Samsung’s latest and greatest tech still uses the PenTile Matrix. Sure you won’t notice any big differences from a normal viewing dsitance but the text does look fuzzier and can be a little bit annoying after a while (but that’s just my opinion after my experience with the HTC Desire).

Two more videos comparing the outdoors visibility and veiwing angles after the break:


Source: engdaget

Update: Engadget has posted another comparison showing both devices playing back the same 1080p video:

I’m all for doing comparison post, but why didn’t Engadget do this when the iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS had HVGA displays ? An no talk about the silly aspect ration of the iPhone (1.5) ?

  • pablo.station

    I like the brightness and size of the galaxy s, pixel count means nothing to me. Unless you hold the phone right up to your face (which i cant EVER see happening) the microscope test is pretty pointless.

    but to each there own.

  • pablo.station

    I like the brightness and size of the galaxy s, pixel count means nothing to me. Unless you hold the phone right up to your face (which i cant EVER see happening) the microscope test is pretty pointless.

    but to each there own.

  • Diego!

    I agree with you Pablo.

    iPhone 4 can have more pixels but the SuperAMOLED display is a winner here. (IMHO)

    Unfortunately I’m gonna wait what Samsung comes up for WindowsPhone 7 since Galaxy S doesn’t have a flash in its camera, which to my own standards is a must.

    Greets.

  • Diego!

    I agree with you Pablo.

    iPhone 4 can have more pixels but the SuperAMOLED display is a winner here. (IMHO)

    Unfortunately I’m gonna wait what Samsung comes up for WindowsPhone 7 since Galaxy S doesn’t have a flash in its camera, which to my own standards is a must.

    Greets.

  • kkk

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  • Lee

    You don’t have to hold it up to your face to see the difference. Phone screens that are PenTile Matrix look inferior to other all other screens of the same resolution, even at a normal viewing distance. And it isn’t just text that looks bad. A plain white screen, such as the background of a web page, doesn’t even look right. The dots you see in the zoomed in views are still very visible, and distracting, at a normal viewing distance, whereas other screens are smooth. When I bought the Nexus One I had never heard of PenTile before. All I knew is that something was off because I could see dots on the screen, whereas the Droid was very smooth. Once I realized why that was, I returned it, and would never buy another phone using this inferior tech. Shame on you Samsung, and HTC, for continuing to use this tech in your new phones. It is infuriating!

  • Lee

    You don’t have to hold it up to your face to see the difference. Phone screens that are PenTile Matrix look inferior to other all other screens of the same resolution, even at a normal viewing distance. And it isn’t just text that looks bad. A plain white screen, such as the background of a web page, doesn’t even look right. The dots you see in the zoomed in views are still very visible, and distracting, at a normal viewing distance, whereas other screens are smooth. When I bought the Nexus One I had never heard of PenTile before. All I knew is that something was off because I could see dots on the screen, whereas the Droid was very smooth. Once I realized why that was, I returned it, and would never buy another phone using this inferior tech. Shame on you Samsung, and HTC, for continuing to use this tech in your new phones. It is infuriating!

  • Alex

    Retina display all the way. You do not have to hold the phone close up just to see the difference in clarity. The retina display virtually has no pixelation in normal viewing, while the amoled display has. Also, amoled quality deteriorates way sooner than ips lcd displays. I can sell my ip4 next year, and it’s screen would be as crisp as vibrant as it was. Not with the galaxy s.

  • Alex

    Retina display all the way. You do not have to hold the phone close up just to see the difference in clarity. The retina display virtually has no pixelation in normal viewing, while the amoled display has. Also, amoled quality deteriorates way sooner than ips lcd displays. I can sell my ip4 next year, and it’s screen would be as crisp as vibrant as it was. Not with the galaxy s.

  • keith

    It is common knowledge that led last longer than lcd bulb light LOL! Iphone users are uneducated

  • keith

    It is common knowledge that led last longer than lcd bulb light LOL! Iphone users are uneducated

  • James

    It’s organic… it doesn’t last, retard. Also I’ve never seen an LCD lightbulb you uneducated arrogant prick

  • Kwhre

    Iphone all the way. Samsung I believe in the near future will overtake iphone but with these two phonesiphone is the clear winner. Iphone hasa very bright screen, in fact the setting were set at automtic n that video.

  • Jordansmith604

    galaxy s has good reception. iphone doesnt. checkmate.

  • Trentgibbo

    bahaha what a bias review. they just show ridiculous close ups to look at pixel count. super amoled is all about the brightness and clarity in different lighting. I notice they turned the brightness down to half on the samsung.. pfffttt u would need to in order to make it look as dull as the iphone.

  • Snowy0wl

    if you are commenting on the grip of death ‘issue’ it’s far overstated. All phones actually have that issue it’s just not as well known as iphone. I personally like the the OLED because of the better viewability in bright light situation. If you like to seek cover to see your ultra non pixelizated super retina screen it’s your choice. I wish it could have the best of both worlds but that will only happen in time and isn’t available now.

  • Daggardalla

    IPS is superior no doubt. Galaxy’s AMOLED is annoting some time when watching videos & when browsing plain white web pages. There always a purpulish hue in AMOLED screen, which some time is annoying. However IPS is superior & have no such issue.

  • tokey

    RETINA! THE BEST SCREEN CREATED IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION! :D