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:

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Super AMOLED vs regular AMOLED and LCD comparison


The Greek folks over at TechBlog.gr have posted a comparison of the Samsung’s Super AMOLED (on the Galaxy S) screen versus a regular AMOLED panel (on the HTC Desire) and a regular LCD panel (Sony Ericsson X10). The outdoors / sunlight comparison clearly shows that the Super AMOLED panel is on par with the LCD, leaving the regular AMOLED screen far behind. I should point out that in my experience with the HTC Desire it wasn’t really the case (it perform like the LCD screen of my HTC HD2) but this can also depend on the devices used and overall brightness of the ambient lighting.It should also be noted that the HTC Desire has a fairly big air gap between the glass panel and the actual screen which causes light dispersion and reflection (causing even worst outdoors visibility). The Super AMOLED and AMOLED do have richer colors but the LCD seems to reproduce them more naturally (the Super AMOLED panel is still better overall IMO). One last thing, both Super AMOLED and AMOLED panel use the same PenTile Matrix subpixels arrangement (see who it looks like in my HTC Desire review). Check out the videos after the break:

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HTC Desire Review

Following the launch of the Google Nexus One in the US, many Android users, especially in Europe, were eagerly waiting for a similar device to launch worldwide. The HTC Desire was officially announced during Mobile World Congress in February alongside the HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini but wasn’t really a surprise thanks to the leaked roadmap that surfaced a few months earlier. Codenamed HTC Bravo, the Desire is essentially a Nexus One with a few hardware changes and HTC’s Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1. So how does it stack up against HTC’s other top of the line handset?

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