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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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Dear GSM ARENA, this is a very useful piece of test u have added, now i think this completes your review system. ofcourse u have always described the sunlight legibility but numbers speak for themselves. one thing you coul do is specify by giving just a bit detail for non geeks on how u fare this test and rankings. thank you for all your work. much appreciated!!

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  • 2012-04-17 23:45
  • 5KPQ

Another win for samsung

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  • 2012-04-17 23:45
  • 60}Z

GSMArena, please clarify: do you set the brightness on all phones to 100%?

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  • 2012-04-17 23:44
  • dQkg

can you plz test Droid RAZR as it is one of the biggest players

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  • 2012-04-17 23:36
  • 8xee

try to compare the nokia 701 the them then see the differences....(but install the display brightness and put the sensor off the put the display to the maximum)

as i have nokia c7 and i did like i said above and compare it the the s2 in the sunlight and i noticed that the c7 is better. adding that c7 is amoled while the 701 got the second generation of clear black.

just do what i did but with the 701 and than compare.

N.B: the nokia e6 also has a pretty display in the sunlight.

waiting for a reply from you GSMARENA

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  • 2012-04-17 23:27
  • Mv28

htc one x is the best

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  • 2012-04-17 23:24
  • mvB1

i'd like to see this test done regularly .. also if u categorize phones accordingly (like "A": category with the best sunlight legibility. "B":2nd best .. and so on) it would be understandable without numbers for the non-geeks .. also this would work nicely with the battery test.

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  • 2012-04-17 23:23
  • NhTB

Your test is flawed:
- Not enough light
- Not enough variance in angles for each device to give average experience
- Not enough background illumination to properly show the contrast

You also need to show the difference for each device with the auto-brightness and full brightness setting.

Also be careful of the camera used to take the pictures you are using to judge/show others.

(N.B. this rant does come from experience doing a similar activity and refining it)

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  • 2012-04-17 23:22
  • wfJv

lg nova display models missed - optimus black etc

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  • 2012-04-17 23:19
  • 3NN9

even strongest studio lights cannot be compared to sunlight. There is too much difference.

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  • 2012-04-17 23:14
  • 39MG

Great new feature, please provide it in all future reviews.

Also was hoping for Galaxy Nexus i9250 ratios, but I can infer they're among the ones on other AMOLED devices from Samsung. Good.

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  • 2012-04-17 23:02
  • 3x@x

To be honest I can't tell much of a difference except of some really poor models (Gigabyte, Iphones).

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  • 2012-04-17 22:59
  • 3ZH5

Well done GSMARENA this is a very importand test

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  • 2012-04-17 22:54
  • pJbc

i love how the charts highlight when you mouve your mouse over it

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  • 2012-04-17 22:51
  • LhT4

I think it should become a regular feature.

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  • 2012-04-17 22:49
  • 3dtx

galaxy sl super clear lcd

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  • 2012-04-17 22:45
  • uvfe

Great idea gsmarena. But i wud ask u to b a bit more detailed with the images (with closer shots). Another idea that i wud lyk to present to u (just a random one7) is-
why dont u chose the best of smartphones from each brand for each price tier(eg. 400-500 euros) n compare their features n specs in a tabular form. Dis cud help viewers chose exactly which phone they want. U cud carry out this comparison for phones released each quarter. For eg, lets make a coparison for Q2 2012, u cud take one x from htc, lumia 900 from nokia, galaxy s3 from samsung,quad d from huawei(if its released before july) for the 400-550euro category n compare them. Similarly u cud choose one v, galaxy m n so on for the mid ranger category n compare those. U cud even use this for tablet comparison. Just an idea that crossed my mind.

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  • 2012-04-17 22:39
  • Hkqi

your forgot LG OPTIMUS BLACK ... compare to it :P (700 nits)

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  • 2012-04-17 22:09
  • 0UjZ

Genuinely well done GSMArena, just make sure it's consistent.

Try and grab hold of a Nexus One/Desire, that should get close to a contrast ratio of zero.
Apparently the Lumia 900 has the best clearblack polarizer yet!

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  • 2012-04-17 22:06
  • sXZm

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