Engadget has finally compared the display performance of both phone in real life in pictures and video rather than all the theoretical talk about pixel density and colorful vocabulary [pun intended]. We took a good look at their review and would like to share our thoughts that could save you 5 mins of watching footage and viewing their 42 photos. The article is at iPhone 4 Retina Display vs. Galaxy S Super AMOLED… fight!
BTW, if you are interested more about the comparison about specifications, please enjoy our article: Comparison of iPhone 4 vs. Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S. Display is compared here, but battery life is an element too! 🙂
Outside: indirect sunlight
In one of the videos that Engadget took, they viewed the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S in different angles. We took snapshots of the different viewing angles: direct viewing, portrait and landscape angle, and another shot at portrait again. Please enjoy below followed by some thoughts.
CareAce.net thinks that the difference is not a far gap in this setting. But if you want details…
- Notice that the iPhone 4’s call button is a bright green dims out while the darker green call button. You can crop out the wallpapers and it appears to be still a difference. This is the same for the whites in these devices.
- Too bad none of the pictures shows the viewing angle of the Samsung Galaxy S at 180 degrees compared to iPhone 4’s 178 degrees.
- A cleaner, less fingerprint device with people in lab coats might be a better way to evaluate which is better. Nevertheless, these pictures are real life, appearing to show that the Samsung Galaxy S is better in this condition.
Outside: Direct Sunlight
- We believe that technically Samsung proves its ability to reflect direct sunlight less. However, practically… both devices can’t be of any use.
Pictures of the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S were taken indoors. However, we are a little critical about this “indoor test”. Please let us explain after this picture of the devices showing large text.
Upon this picture, the white displayed on the Samsung Galaxy S looks gray compared to the iPhone 4. This shows that iPhone 4 wins brightness (as well as sharpness). But we are critical about this shot. It makes Galaxy S look as if the colors are totally hued blue or red (why the changes?). Digital cameras, if not manually fixed, will always make the brightest light appearing pure white when on auto lightening. We have selected a few pictures to prove how this indoor test with a camera might need to be preformed again. In these next few pictures, he background setting has some white that does not make either phone as based white.
These shots above show that the gray with blue and red hues appear to be more of a digital lightening setting that was not fixed. We hope that was an interesting note to point out.
We wrote about the iPhone’s IPS vs Samsung superAMOLED comparison nearly 2 weeks ago where we criticized that pixel density would not matter as much when you are at arm’s length. However, the iPhone 4 does win by smoothness as seen below (bottom half of the picture).
Since text are vector based, the rendering of the font will hold at the same physical length expected for a say… 12 px font. iPhone is sure sharp and smooth at this. As long as you put your eyeball closer than your elbow’s length. If we do this study on a picture, we will have some problems. Please see below.
The giraffe picture does look smooth on the iPhone and comic book pixelated on the Galaxy S. However, the smoothness does not display the true pixels of the picture. Other than knowing if the picture format is gif, bmp, png, or jpg, we might be seeing the smoothing rendering of the iPhone (as well as the Samsung Galaxy S). Fonts are excellent pixels studies while pictures are not.
We do like to take a few notes on color and contrast
- Samsung Galaxy S has excellent contrast and sharper definition. The blacks are darker. (with a camera normalized for this display screen)
- iPhone 4 appears to have less color than Samsung Galaxy S
Thanks for reading. Please enjoy the full Engadget scoop here. Please comment as you like. It’s been fun analyzing.