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.
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.