GSMArena Labs: Introducing our sunlight legibility test
Until now, we've always performed all of our display tests in dark environments in, what's technically, ideal conditions, so that we can measure the full potential of any particular display in the most objective manner possible. And while we believe that test gave a pretty clear picture as to how well the latest display technologies stack up against each other, there was still one area where we felt our display test could be further improved: screen glare.
Let's face it, using a display in a completely dark room is not always your typical use case, particularly if you are the outdoorsy type. That's why we've come up with a way to test how a display performs in an environment where screen reflectivity matters as much as its natural contrast and brightness.
Our new sunlight legibility test allows you to see exactly how different displays fare in one of the worst possible scenarios. We use fixed studio lighting to simulate sunlight falling on the phone screens and see how legible they remain when faced with a powerful light source.
We'll also be providing contrast ratios for the tested phones to make them even easier to compare. Naturally, higher is better here and this is how the first batch we subjected to the test did.
Apple iPhone 4
Apple iPhone 4S
Gigabyte GSmart G1355
HTC One S
HTC One V
HTC One X
LG Optimus 3D
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Omnia W
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
We feel that this added element to our display tests will give you a more complete picture of how well the display that interest you will fare in the real world and how it compares to its market rivals.
While we are not able to perform this test retroactively on all of the phones in our database, here's a peek at how several top devices stack up against each other in terms of screen reflectivity, including our latest review candidates, the One S, One X and One V.
Feel free to provide us with feedback in the comments section on how useful you find the test and whether you think it's worthy enough to become a regular feature.
SUNLIGHT LEGIBILITY OF MOBILE PHONE SCREENS Transflective displays give the best sunlight legibility, and the business-orientated Nokia 6021 is a classic in this regard, helped by the fact that its fonts are thick black and very legible to start...
- 2013-05-16 08:26
I've used both Galaxy note and xperia ray. To be honest, the display of xperia ray is better under bright sunlight. So the contrast ratio is not always right to show sunlight legibility.
- 2012-12-17 12:50
I want a GOOD phone with a BLACK and WHITE screen,ok,connectable to an outer,large,screen,tv,etc. Best visibility of all,lowest battery drain. Stop the nonsense,dont make them ALL wasteful gas guzzlers,with those amp thirsty tiny color scr...
- 2012-09-22 01:51