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A gang of smartphones meets up for a microscopic display shootout

20 April, 2011 | Read the news | Post your comment
A gang of smartphones meets up for a microscopic display shootout - read the full textNow that is something refreshing - using a microscope to compare the different types of screens used in today's smartphones. Thanks to an industrial microscope at a 201x zoom, you can really grasp the differences between the Super AMOLED, Super LCD, LCD and IPS LCD displays. This little...


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As it says, microsopic would have been good if you would have done a point to point comparison, like microscopic view of screen icons, pictures and playing video...huh

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  • 2011-04-26 12:09
  • iyxC

> In reply to Cirez @ 2011-04-21 17:00 from P$uD - click to readDon't tell me that you have not figured out why the HD2 has an Android Market icon, instead of the Windows Market...

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  • 2011-04-22 18:48
  • pqu3

IPS LCD looks sharper and more balanced because it has better subpixel quality and division. SAMOLED is a lot less balanced and may have the better specs on paper, but just because a screen can be brighter and show more saturated colors doesn't mean its a good screen. Try watching the SAMOLED for a few hours straight, and your eyes will be tired, much more so than watching an IPS LCD.

The same thing occurred with slightly aged HDTV's that had intense software color matrixes; contrast would be great, but it is extremely hard on our eyes. More contrast and brightness = harder to keep watching comfortably.

Will be interesting to see if SAMOLED plus addresses this issue!

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  • 2011-04-22 14:37
  • nidV

> In reply to kn19ht @ 2011-04-21 18:23 from svH7 - click to readBy "vivid" you meant to say over saturated colors where normal grass looks too green and normal red looks like fire engine red. Every color is exaggerated on a Super AMOLED screen and you're calling that the best? You're just jumping on the bandwagon.

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  • 2011-04-22 08:17
  • kJX3

> In reply to yASH @ 2011-04-21 08:57 from D}mM - click to readBut looking at the screens under a microscope is cool. :)

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  • 2011-04-21 18:48
  • NGfv

very nice post! i would like the freedom of selecting each frame of the 10-set-android-market-icon on my own instead of them changing automatically...

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  • 2011-04-21 18:47
  • vGg3

under a microscope , it seems that IPS LCD is the best display , but we don't use our smartphones under one , in real life , IPS LCD is a good display , but who chooses "good" over "the best" ??? No one , Super AMOLED is clearly the best display in the world , and I thank Samsung for creating such a technology that combines vivid colors , viewing angles and yet so much power-efficient , I can't wait to see the Super AMOLED Plus !!!

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  • 2011-04-21 18:23
  • svH7

hd2 with windows os had android market funny very funny.............

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  • 2011-04-21 17:00
  • P$uD

Would like to see the Super Amoled Plus :)

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  • 2011-04-21 15:46
  • iAdF

That's a very good comparison: LG trying to prove a point and it did: it currently has the best display from the market...oh, wait, where's the retina display?? Someone obviously "forgot" to add the Iphone 4 in the shootout :)

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  • 2011-04-21 14:21
  • Liva

> In reply to yASH @ 2011-04-21 08:57 from D}mM - click to readSuper Amoled is oversaturated.....
Meaning yellow ain't yellow but greenish....white ain't white but grayish....
Most natural picture is still the Retina display in my honest opinion!

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  • 2011-04-21 12:33
  • iyBw

What the crap comparison, I am not using microscope to see the pictures. I want to see my screen normally.. and I want that result... in SAMOLED seems the best..

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  • 2011-04-21 08:57
  • D}mM

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-20 21:13 from TIG@ - click to readindustrial means the one use to look at the steel.we use it, to center machinery, or find the middle of a piece.

it s not a "microscope a ballayage electronique", the one which can see "alien insects" on a hair!!!

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  • 2011-04-21 08:17
  • Kgw3

This is FANTASTIC, I have liked, shared, stumbled, and tweeted this! Now I want to Donate. Please keep putting GREAT content like this on your site! This is a perfect example of why I read my news here first! GsmArena is my only tech. bookmark!

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  • 2011-04-21 04:36
  • 8c5A
  • The Ex-Nokia Fanboy
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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-21 01:13 from v6uH - click to readLCD have a longer lifespan though. The Super AMOLED on my SGS now have burned- in images similar to how Plasma TVs have burned- in static images. It's now damaged. It's still good but disappointing considering that it's just a bit over 6 months since I had this phone. Super AMOLED is so good though that it's hard to go back to LCD. Anyways, BRB, I better find a sucker to sell this phone to. =D

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  • 2011-04-21 01:19
  • IDkH

this is so stupid, display is not all about resolution. super AMOLED is better than LCD even though most LCD's have a better resolution

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  • 2011-04-21 01:13
  • v6uH

hey anyone found out the that in the above picture htc hd2 has a windows os with android market????wtf...

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  • 2011-04-21 00:56
  • utP9

This is obviously an Advertise review by LG.
LG phone s*x. Lag like hell. I can't stand it.
I change my LG to HTC in less then a weak.

korean are known for their game fixing.
It's their culture.

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  • 2011-04-20 23:29
  • IVC$

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-04-20 21:11 from sxvQ - click to readSGSI9000 has a pentile sub-matrix display, its not a deficiency of samoled as such.

A better comparison would be SGSI9100 which should match or exceed LG Optimus 2X IPS LCD sub-matrix display.

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  • 2011-04-20 23:04
  • ppm5

i wish to see xperia arc with bravia engine :d
and sgs2 with super amoled plus .

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  • 2011-04-20 22:52
  • 3%cX

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