iPhone 4 Retina Display ekes out victory over Android Super AMOLED

Apple's iPhone 4 IPS LCD Retina Display has pulled out a big win over Super AMOLED displays used in Samsung Galaxy S and other Android devices for best mobile display in existence today. This comes to us from DisplayMate.com.

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blockquote>"Since its introduction the iPhone has been one of the wonders of the modern tech world for many reasons – but its display was never one of them – up until the iPhone 4, where it finally got the display it deserved. The iPhone 4 display, nicknamed the Retina Display, is an outstanding “Super” LCD delivering top performance in many of our test categories – it has the brightest and sharpest display, but on the other hand its color gamut is too small, producing under saturated somewhat washed-out colors, and its image contrast is too high, which produces punchier images and also partially compensates for its smaller color gamut. These were most likely intentional tradeoffs made by Apple to increase screen brightness, power efficiency and battery run time. None-the-less the iPhone 4 earned our Best Mobile Display Award in the DisplayMate Best Video Hardware Guide. We include a dedicated comparison with the iPhone 3GS below. “Retina Display” is a great marketing name, and it is the sharpest smartphone display available, but quantitatively it is a factor of two lower than the acuity of the human Retina. Click here for a discussion on the Retina Display. Finally, Part II of this series will discuss some major flaws in the iPhone 4’s Automatic Brightness control, which hopefully will be corrected in the near future through a software update."

For the full in depth analysis and test results be sure to hit up the link below and make sure you have quite a bit of free to time as you will need it.

[DisplayMate via Daring Fireball]

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iPhone 4 Retina Display ekes out victory over Android Super AMOLED

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Not much to comment other than Apple making the right engineering choice here. They had a price point to meet, and the iPhone 4's 960x640 IPS LED technology fortunately made it inside the box. The Retina Display's better energy consumption, pixel density/sharpness, 24-bit color and brightness won the day. I think they'll stick with this for iPhone 5 too.
If LG and Samsung can produce "super" OLED screens with RGB sub-pixels instead of the Pentile arrangement, and solve some of the other issues with OLED technology, maybe Apple will switch toe OLED in 2012.

Absolutely the best display out there currently - and I just came from the Samsung Captivate (which has an amazing screen by the way, if you can look past the blue hue). Anyway, I also have wondered why the auto-brightness doesn't seem to always work as intended, especially when outdoors.

Yeah, but the SAMOLED won "Best New Mobile Display Technology Award in the DisplayMate Best Video Hardware Guide."

Also it isn't used on other Android devices. Only the Galaxy S line, because Samsung is currently making it exclusive to themselves at the moment.

AMOLED is a dead end. It's the plasma TV of mobile phones. Great color depth for watching movies in your dark basement. Everywhere else, not so good. Sunlight = Total Fail.

Just got my iPhone 4 and the new display is truly amazing. I can't understand how some people dismissed it as having no real noticeable improvement when in fact the difference is really obvious. And I find it really funny how some ditched it's "Retina Display" moniker as something arrogant when the competitor blatantly uses the word "Super".

Love the Retina Display but yes, auto-brightness seems buggy. Too bright @ night, sometimes too dim during the day for me.

@Webvex: You clearly have not seen the SAMOLED out side. I use the auto brightness and within seconds the screen is bright and clear. Better than any LCD it has been put up against. Look it up on youtube.
iPhone 4's display is very nice and deserves recognition but get over yourselves. Stop misinforming people. geesh. :-P

The S Amoled screen is much better looking then the iphone 4! Movies, videos, photos, and games all look better then the iphone 4 but as always studies will find some way to favor the iphone

I agree with the conclusion, but… did you look at DisplayMate's site? Would you really take aesthetic advice from a blog that looks like it was designed by a colorblind preteen in FrontPage?