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GSMArena Labs: Introducing our sunlight legibility test

17 April, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
GSMArena Labs: Introducing our sunlight legibility test - read the full textUntil 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...


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> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-04-18 07:12 from w4fQ - click to readthey already mentioned, higher is better .... look up

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  • 2012-04-18 09:41
  • ppP3

Nice Job
I Firmly suggest you to include this as a part your future reviews and even do it for the phones you don't prepare a full review for them
but i have some minor suggestions

1- It seems that the amount of light isn't enough for this test , as it looks , it's far less than comparable to the direct sunlight

2- make a database for results of this test , so everyone could choose the phones themselves (2 or 3) and see the result
and even i suggest that make such database for your battery test , so it could be more usable for readers

thank you

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  • 2012-04-18 09:37
  • 0p5n

This is just a stupid test, beg my pardon, not stupid, just not executed well... change the angle of the phones/or light, give us some comparison charts, put all phones on maximum brightnes... presto

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  • 2012-04-18 09:26
  • na0$

I believe higher is better when it comes to contrast ratio,I'm really facing a reading difficulty with Sony Xperia neo when using it under a direct sun light

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  • 2012-04-18 09:23
  • MsGW

Great adition - you should now update database with all the new phones you test ;)

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  • 2012-04-18 09:18
  • pFU6

Why didn't we bring Sony Xperia S to this chart?
For my observation, the Xperia S did give me a good result of looking when walking out side, under the sunlight such a tropical country - Viet nam...
Noted that SS I9000 was my previous smartphone, before XS.

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  • 2012-04-18 09:14
  • uAmQ

> In reply to MadJo @ 2012-04-18 07:23 from PTic - click to readbrightess ≠ contrast

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  • 2012-04-18 09:04
  • LdLC

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-04-18 07:12 from w4fQ - click to readthey have told higher is better in the last line of the text.
"Naturally, higher is better here and this is how the first batch we subjected to the test did."

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  • 2012-04-18 08:54
  • u1vE

What about automatic brightness? IMO, it should be on "automatic" or you should have two values, one on automatic and one on maximum.

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  • 2012-04-18 08:40
  • Ss{j

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-04-18 07:12 from w4fQ - click to readHigher is better. It is also mentioned above.

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  • 2012-04-18 08:37
  • uWty

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-04-18 07:12 from w4fQ - click to readThey say higher is better

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  • 2012-04-18 08:22
  • PWDw

The galaxy nexus has an anti reflective coat. It should be the best. How could you overlook a nexus?

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  • 2012-04-18 08:20
  • ut10

This is one of the factors that I always want to know about my phone, and much like the battery test results you cannot find that out when buying the handset, only afterwards...

So yes, this is a very useful test and I think it should become a regular feature.

Thank you GSMArena !

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  • 2012-04-18 08:06
  • pTfu

Excellent. This test will help everyone!

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  • 2012-04-18 08:06
  • 9xEg

why are the phones at an angle ????

in order to make this test ok, put the light at an angle and directly behind you and shoot the phone straight (as you would normally use it...)
if you look at the phone at an angle you will have to face loss of contrast and color because of angle of view (and some screens do better here than others) and don't forget that some screens use some kind of polarizer with only works at certain angles of view...

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  • 2012-04-18 08:05
  • 0k45

so to clarify, the Omina W has the best sunlight legibility? with a bit more explanation I would love to see this become a regular section as the screen on my old Samsung Omnia i900 was impossible to see when any light was shining on it directly

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  • 2012-04-18 08:04
  • 2GYA

Galaxy S outsmarts iPhone 4s haahaaahahaaa ....poor Apple hahahah!!

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  • 2012-04-18 08:00
  • YM0V

nice new test lab.

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  • 2012-04-18 07:49
  • MfxH

Nokia 701 & 603 has 1000 Nits. Wat about them

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  • 2012-04-18 07:23
  • PTic

In this test its good if you also tell which is better, i mean lower is better or higher is better.

Because just reading or seeing test result its difficult to understand for many people that which is better or which is the best phone contrast.

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  • 2012-04-18 07:12
  • w4fQ

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