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Study: Galaxy S3 Display “Superior” to the iPhone 5

According to a study performed by IHS, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a better display than the “retina” display on the new iPhone 5. Their research shows that the Galaxy S3’s display is just 1.1mm thick and offers the full color gamut of the NTSC standard. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, has a display which measures in at 1.5 millimeters thick and offers only 72 percent of the standard color gamut. 

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the viewing experience is going to be better on the GS3, but that in terms of technology, it’s technically better because of its thickness and color representation. In fact, DisplayMate ran their usual tests whenever a new flagship device is released and came the the conclusion that the new iPhone’s display comes in 2nd only to the new iPad, with the Galaxy S3 sitting at a distance. And of course, each display will look different to varying sets of eyes.

What we do know, is that the Galaxy Note 2 has an improved display even over the GS3, meaning Samsung is taking this display business seriously.

Via:  CNET | DisplayMate

  • Jay in SA

    I have had a Galaxy Nexus for almost 9 months, and with the exception of the additional RAM on the S3 I cant come up with any reason to buy another phone. I have the extended batt and I have seen the new iPhone and you couldn’t give me one for free. Whats up with the increase in screen size, oh wait…there really wasn’t one. Google play kicks ass and when i have had one or two issues they refunded my money (even after 2 day). Apple is a status symbol at this point. My family is even buying A galaxy nexus and another is getting the S3, after years of them spouting off about how great apple is. Keep in mind my Mac Book Pro still kicks ass.

  • nightscout13

    iPhone 5 is more toxic than GS3

  • Adam Marr

    Talk about a stretch. They may have supported the EU reg out of a passion for being green, or they may have simply supported it because they knew it was going to become law the next year anyway, as it was already in the works. I doubt any non-support from apple would have prevented the law from passing. They are however probably the only big manufacturer to not integrate it with the device and force an adapter on people who want to use the micro-usb standard. So now you not only have 2 cables (not 1), but another piece of hardware that is required to connect to one. Sure sounds green to me. I bet you think that adapter has a negative carbon footprint. Not to mention the new cable includes an extra authentication chip to make cheap knock-offs more difficult to make. I’m sure that makes it much “greener” as well. That said, I wasn’t saying much before about the “green” issue, mostly just that most consumers probably care more about the lack of a standard connector on their phone than the slightly better calibrated screen (even the displaymate test that the iphone came out on top was just an A vs. B+). They could have always built a combo port (micro-usb/apple-plug), like you see on some android devices that support both micro-usb and hdmi out, but no, how can they make money on cables and accessories if just anyone could build something to connect to it. Yeah, I’m sure they were thinking about the consumers. Get your head out of the sand. I own and ipod touch and an ipad, and they are nice for playing music while I exercise or video in the car, or giving to my kid to play a game, but I sure wouldn’t want such a limiting OS as a daily driver. I do tend to recommend the iphone to old people when asked. And as I said before, the GS3 is a larger device, and like any phone released recently that can do simul voice and data on verizon, unlike the iphone, has some extra components. It wasn’t even that far behind in the toxicity test. And while it was unrelated to the display comment, I was simply enjoying the complete hypocrisy of the “standards” comment coming from an apple fanboy, when the entire phone and OS are built on forcing the user to use and buy proprietary software (itunes, app store, etc) and hardware (cable, adapter, accessories, etc). So yes, please keep trying to pointlessly explain away Apple’s need to tell you how to use your phone, what you are allowed to install on it, or plug into it, etc.

    • Sdrete

      Some of these “standards” are based on old models that need constant change (Networks) and others hold the test of time (Color standards). Why do you keep comparing disparate topics is arguing for the sake of arguing.

      If you read back what YOU wrote, you know what you take away from it?
      Quality control. …

      Only One (hardware/Software) designer: Apple. They all fit in a custom package. Not OEM, Frankenstein – off the shelf – make it fit- (crisis of design) product (Samsung).

      Sync cables have nothing to do with the test, but that doesn’t seem to stick with you for some reason.

      –> A lightning/HDMI cable IS being made by Apple, so why bother researching/learning anything you’re arguing about since OEM off-the-shelf is all that you’re focused on buying/using. It’s Apples OWN charging standard being phased out from a 10 year old technology. What don’t you understand?

      Just take one day and research these things a bit..

      As for the fancy Network talk:

      Apple chose to NOT add old legacy technology junk/antenna components in their iPhone hardware. Why? Because 4g/LTE is/was supposed to evolve and not wait till it’s profitable or convenient to Verizon/Sprint. So retrofitting a new device to lagging stale technology isn’t in current/future Apple products best interest.. it’s that plain. Why slow Apples design architecture down to lazy phone carriers?

      Think of the first iPhone and what was being sold at that time. It was a game changer when Blackberries were still the norm. Phone companies also had to respond to this new smartphone era and they still are.

      ATT already has a way to do data and voice off of THEIR BACKS and not at PHONE MAKERS EXPENSE so throwing Sprint and Verizon a lifeline until they Choose to improve their networks is not Apples business nor its customers..

      iPhone users have a choice who they connect their phones with and what priorities are important to them when it comes to performance. So be proud of the 16 soviet -era antennas on your backwards compatible (legacy) android phones and let Apple keep the technology ball rolling forward.

      Don’t be sour about Apple either, you can always sell your iPad that you obviously hate along with your iPod for a quality Android device right?

      Heres a simple explanation for ATT vs Sprint/Verizon that even reeealy old people can understand..


      • You’re both being hilariously thick about two rather simple issues. Reading this conversation was pretty funny. Okay so the iPhone has a certified screen for color reproduction. Yay. That affects pretty much only as was mentioned photographers and other professionals but yes you’re right in that that’s important for some. As to your comments about the docks and cables you’re completely wrong. Standards in cable designs make for an easier world. I love being able to throw my friends Android phones on a charger for them. When one of my iPhone using friends comes over and their batteries are winding down dragging my old G2 iPod cable out is kind of silly. Also please. Micro usb is just as capable of doing data transfer as your dock connectors. Video streaming? No one really uses that. And even if they did isn’t that what Apple is pushing airplay for?

        Both phones have their ups and downs. Me? Androids actual true multitasking, extreme integration with Google’s ecosystem, non-reliance on iTunes to copy files, and customizibility has kept me on Android for years now. This won’t change. I’m happy with my decision. Glad you are too.

        • Sdrete

          I’m laughing with you freetard.

          Who he hell cares if one your friend needs a phone charge. No one asked for that cheerful story. But anyway.

          Is my out (similarly) dated micro USB port going to slow his charging or speed it up or make the charge “feel any better? What on earth dont you not get about the study? Dont comment if you are not addressing the study. You obvioisly just wanna seem smart I guess. Apple charger is 10 YEARS OLD. Get over it. dont like that idea. Buy a fridgefreon 6 SG12 with 100 Micro USB charger cables and go make a belt out of them. Stop griping about it. Technology is moving on wired and wirelessly.

          Maybe IHS/Displaymate shoud run a test on how 100% of a battery charge is — a much better 100% — when it’s from same cables. That has nothing to do with the display test so please read the test. Every freetard that chimes in has this advice told to them cause it’s hard to read, i’m certain.

          And extreme integration with what? Who cares? We have the best selection of paid qulity apps in total and they’re made to fit a specific line of products, not 20,00 bloated OEM fragmented products. Glad you nuttys are staying over there though.

          Mutitasking huh? mabe you need to quit getting high off all the toxic phone plastics on your hand and also read about that topic too. Really.
          I post facts when I can and I’ve done too much of that already. No one bothers to read anyway. Take the initative and learn about all this on your own and quit sniping comments just to sound smart.

          Why is it hard to separate dreams from reality. Maybe you were typing in your sleep? Keep your Phabet plugged then, it’ll fully charge in time for the next great multitasking adventure.

          • Hmm… Funny I wasn’t personally attacking you at all. And for your information I owned a iPad and the battery life on my Xoom is far superior to that device multitasking or not. Also yes you have better apps and a more mature environment for using said apps. That doesn’t make your device better or more capable though. Perhaps it’s changed in the year I haven’t used an iPad but not being able to unzip on the device, download, create, and upload as well as easily work with said files on the go. I can keep going about little personal experiences but I did tell you that you were right on the display thing, but that wasn’t good enough for you huh? Just have to swear on the Apple gospel?

          • kyle strait

            Alot of us care about universal accessories, and btw iPhan, I related 100% with that comment about charging friends’ phones. I bring my charger to work, and the android guys are free to use it since I only charge a spare battery in case we run out of work and I play angry birds for 4 hours. Look, youre in the wrong neck of the woods to bash android. Did you sleep-type your way in here? It says “droid” at the top of the screen. Go back to your trendy iBend4apple friends please.

    • Reids

      Apple has the younger, disposable income crowd. Android is NOT the younger user platform.

      Latest study is proof.


      • kyle strait

        Younger doesnt mean smarter. Especially in this case. I take that to mean that Android appeals to consumers of all ages, not just simple-minded, trendy kids whose parents give them enough money each month to make my car payment. 🙂 Its only my opinion of course.

  • “The Color Gamut is not only much larger than the Standard Color Gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than either Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images. And for some reason Samsung has not bothered to calibrate the Color Gamut on any of its OLED displays, so they are wildly inaccurate and produce inaccurate and over saturated colors.” (http://www.displaymate.com/Smartphone_ShootOut_2.htm)

    Guys… did you even read this correctly? It says that the color gamut on the OLED screens by samsung lead to, “distorted and exaggerated colors… quite lopsided… wildly inaccurate…”

    The chart provided also shows the iphone 5 display out performing in many areas. Who cares if the OLED screens is hardly thinner… it needs to be greatly improved and apparently “calibrated”. Read more in depth team!

  • Artistan

    “Updated at 8:17 a.m., 10:34 a.m., and 1:51 p.m. PT: to include another study that says the iPhone 5 display is actually superior and a comment from DisplayMate and IHS.”


    Uh, no. I have a Galaxy III. Love it. But it AMOLED is garbage. One reason: it’s dim. Before people reply this is subjective and oh the blacks are so dark and crap…it has less nits. WAY less. Its whites are just very dim. It sucks outside. And of course it’s pentile, has splotches, tints, etc. I hope they straighten it out or go IPS because if they don’t get a better display for the Galaxy S IV or Note 3…I’ll probably switch an Android handset that has a good screen. (For example the HTC One X). It’s too bad because I LOVE the hardware design of S III, love the physical buttons, the big screen, small bezel and I love TouchWiz big time. I just hate AMOLED and PenTile.

  • jay_peter

    That’s entirely subjective. I think the iPhone 5 display is better in every way possible over the GS3.

  • chris125

    but but but, the iphone is better in every way. I mean that is what Cook said /s

    • jay_peter

      And he was right.

  • One X display tops them both and doesn’t even break a sweat doing it.

  • You guys are genuinely getting worse than CENT on rediculous Apple news that we don’t care about. I come to this site to learn about Android news, not a ridiculous biased post.

  • Emilio Figueroa

    There is one problem. According to Display-mate, “[t]he new iPad pulled way ahead and has a virtually perfect 99 percent of the Standard Color Gamut. The iPhone 5 has an almost identical Color Gamut to the new iPad and the Viewing Tests confirm its excellent color accuracy.”

  • Nagini

    Thank God Samsung is working at it! I don’t think I can take another craptastic Galaxy Nexus display scenario.

  • The S3 is a great device, but it’s colors are over-saturated. The iPhone 5 display has a more accurate color saturation, which is important if you’re interested in photography even a little. It’s all a matter of what your priorities are when choosing a mobile device.

  • TD

    Study: iPhone 5 display smaller than most of the competition.

  • drewfus0929

    Why did you link displaymate’s article that completely contradicts your supposition that the galaxy s3 screen is better? I completely agree with Displaymate’s assessment, i much prefer my iPhone 5’s screen over the GS3 (both of which are better then my Gnex’s screen).

  • frankandsimple

    “”Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the viewing experience is going to be better on the GS3,..””

    and viewing experience is ALL that matters.. in which.. GS3 is second to the iphone 5 as already proven by display mate.

  • Stewie

    You either like a display or you don’t. don’t give a rats butt on which it is on, because I’ll either like the unit, or not. Move along …. move along …. nothing to read here ….

  • ryanallaire

    I could car less if the *phone’s screen is a tad better, i still would never buy one. Done and done!

  • enigmaco

    This still hasn’t got old

  • One Rezound to rule them all.

    • JoshGroff

      That screen is a beautiful thing, wish my G-Nex had it. :/

      Might swap phones with my friend again. 🙂

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        I went back and forth on the purchase: GNex v Rezound for days — my answer changed hour to hour… went with the Rezound but there are still a few things I like about the GNex device.

        • SolipsisticPsychologist

          Yes, I find the screen on my Rezound to be exceptionally vivid. The screen is the first comment I get about the phone, from friends.

    • nightscout13

      You mean the screen where black looks grey? Ya that’ll rule them…..

  • I really wish people would just realize that they need to use whatever works best for them. Whichever one works best for you is fine, no need go to the grave trying to convince others why the other company/device sucks. I’ve used all 3 major platforms, and they all have perks…..once again, it all depends on what you personally need.

    • JoshGroff

      *Gasp* How is Windows Phone btw? Been wanting to mess around with one, but haven’t had the opportunity.

      • The only windows phone I had was back in 2005, the old Samsung BlackJack…. I had it about a week and returned it. Thats the only WP experience I had.

  • azndan4

    At least the iphone won’t randomly lose IMEI when flashing software. Lol.

  • Lumia 920 > GS3

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Yeah, but the iPhone has a broken maps app! Beat that Samsung!

    • JoshGroff

      That factory reset glitch thing that had to get patched?

      • Southrncomfortjm

        That was pretty bad, +1 for that. Still don’t think it compares to Apple calling their Map app the “most beautiful, most powerful map app in the world” when it tended to direct people to the bottom of oceans when they only wanted pizza.

        • JoshGroff

          The Marinas Trench has some pretty good pizza. 😉

        • moelsen8

          there’s a lawsuit i would love to see happen hahaha

        • JoshGroff

          Everyone knows the world’s best pizza is at the bottom of the Marinas Trench.

    • jay_peter

      Samesung will be copying that. I’m sure it will be released next month along with the GS4.

  • frankandsimple
  • derp

    Is this the thread for apps? I need to find some apps for my Iphone, this is the thread right?

  • EC8CH

    I really love how deep the blacks are on the G-Nex’s SAMOLED screen. I don’t know if any LCD screen have matched that performance yet, but it’s hard to go back to washed out grey looking blacks once you’ve gotten used to deep inky SAMOLED blacks.

    • r0lct

      I agree. Of coruse having said that I’m looking forward to seeing the Note 2 non-pentile SAMOLED HD screen.

      • same here. while i would never get the note 2 due to its size, my upgrade will be around the time the S4 is out…which should carry the same screen technology.

        • r0lct

          I’m looking to go Note 2 if Verizon doesn’t get a Nexus. I actually think I would make use of the stylus.

  • But the iPhone has the wifis…

    • KB26

      But the S3 has the ess dees!

  • Of course the s3 diplay is better. I know it’s also a personal preference but the quality of the colors of the s3 pop out compared to the iphone. I had my phone and the iphone side by side at best buy..no comparison, my s3 is beautiful compared to the iphone. super amoled blows away the lcd in terms of colors and the blacks!!!

    • Blacks, AMOLED hands down. Colors – over saturated. LCD still wins.

      • Mustang5Oh

        I disagree but it’s all personal preference in the long run.

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  • moelsen8

    ooooh snap. cue the fanboys. bring on the comment wars!

  • EvanTheGamer


  • Michael_NM

    4.8 inches vs another iPod phone postage stamp.

  • IN YOUR FACE N.E PATRIOTS, oh wait they won……..

  • PC_Tool

    Damn. I wish I had a varying set of eyes…mine just stay the same color all the time. Now I feel gypped.

  • Diablo81588

    Out with the old, in with the new. OLED > LCD

    • LCD > AMOLED

      LCD – brighter, more accurate color
      AMOLED – distorted, over-saturated colors and dimmer.

      • Nate

        AMOLED uses less battery. LCD does not have accurate black levels. Should point that out.

        • You are correct on battery and blacks being deeper/less gray. I’d still take more accurate colors overall. But it’s also worth pointing out display tech’s battery savings also depends a lot on optimization on the manufacturer’s end.

          • JB

            Battery difference depends on what you’re showing:
            Solid white screen: LCD>AMOLED
            Solid black screen: AMOLED>LCD

            In between will be about even. Use black themes to improve the battery of your AMOLED device and know that browsing the internet/reading books will use more battery (because you’re using more pixels).

        • Gleg

          AMOLED uses MORE battery but has better black levels

      • Diablo81588

        You need to do a little research there bud. LCD displays cannot produce accurate colors because they are incapable of achieving true black, like OLEDs and plasmas. They will always have worse contrast ratios, viewing angles, and inaccurate colors. They are also thicker, because LCDs are backlit, where OLEDs produce their own light. The ONLY advantage to a LCD over OLED is screen brightness. On a side note, the next time someone says oversaturated I’m gonna flip, lol..

        • Read the study. “more accurate” is used many times. I believe they also give the nod to the iPhone 5’s display for better viewing angles than the S 3’s display too.

          Contrast ratio is indeed worse because blacks aren’t as deep. And while they are “less accurate” because they produce less of the color gamut over AMOLEDs, AMOLED’s go the opposite direction and produce colors that are…yes…over saturated. The DisplayMate study that DL links directly to clearly states the iPhone 5’s display is more accurate.

          • Diablo81588

            From what I read, they were saying that the 5 has better viewing angles than the 4. This is expected, since the 5 does not have an additional glass layer for the touchscreen, essentially bringing the LCD panel further foward towards you enhancing viewing angles.

            Common sense says that unless you are able to produce a “true” black AND a “true” white, your color reproduction will be flawed. Color reproduction is directly reflected by the contrast ratio, or how many shades of grey in between black and white. If your black is not dark enough, all the colors in between will not be dark enough, producing inaccurate colors.

            I could care less what they say on that site. Unless the ISF comes out and says differently, I’m not going to believe a random site that claims to be scientific.

          • drene

            Not true.

            The closer to the SRGB colorspace the more accurate and less color clipping in the shadows and highlights. Simple as that.

            The circus colors that look puurty on the NTSC phones are not real!

            They are saturated colors made to distract the user from an inferior product. If Samsumg cared about how your pictures looked on someone elses screen they would have spent a little time researching displays and color gamuts for standardised colors across MANY mediums and platforms,

            Didn’t happen but enjoy the artificial tan.

          • hyperbolee

            “farther forward” because it’s related to distance.

          • nightscout13

            When you start inserting words like “I believe” it makes you sound like a lying politician.

        • Gleg

          AMOLEDs are less battery efficient

          • Diablo81588

            You are correct. Forgot about that one. Athough the differences are probably not very noticable.

          • Allen Byrd

            This is false. AMOLED screens do not use backlighting and black pixels simply turn off, saving more battery. It is a known fact that AMOLEDs are very efficient.

        • Band

          Thats fine.. flip all you want and when you land on your feet, read the test results everywhere regarding apples patented in-cell display. *Clearly* and not biased. SRGB is the color standard for media, movies, web sites and videogames.

          72% of NTSC = you guessed it: SRGB.
          –> but dont let the facts get in the way of your off-the-shelf obsession.

          A new LCD version of this technology is already being planned for the upcoming iphone 6. Yes LCD, because of better viewing angles and more accurate color reproduction on screens.



          • Diablo81588

            Lets see, a display that can produce 72% of the color gamut can some how produce better colors than a display that can produce 100%?

            Way to link to the most Apple obsessed sites in existence. That will surely help you prove your point. That koolaid must taste real nice huh?

          • math

            That makes no sense.

            Please re read your message and find out how color gamuts work. Just because a color gamut is 100 Percent of ANYTHING doesnt mean its accurate or compatible. It only means it holds lots of different colors.

            Apple chose a standard that benefits YOU. Yes you. 🙂

            Samsung didnt.

            Did you even read the tests in the article and displaymate? They explain these issues.

            But anyway, here’s a quote that might help:
            “But the power of the Internet is its simplicity. The Internet works on TV and TV on the Internet. Consumer devices like cell phones and TVs don’t know about ICC profiles and neither do consumer websites like CNN and eBay. They do know sRGB.”


          • Diablo81588

            My point was, how can the iPhone display have better color reproduction if it can’t display all the colors..

          • math

            All of what colors? The ones only you like, or the ones that really matter?

            Here it is in a nutshell. Consistency.Consistency Consistency.

            1+1 = 2. Thats a rule right. So colors also have rules too. These rules were created so that everyone benefits from the same outcome. If you decide 1+1 = 20,000 then I can’t sell you my slightly used laptop cause you wont pay the correct amount.

            I know Im oversimplifying it but NTSC: 20,000 instead of (2)

            Colors that fall into sRBG are not 20,000 but they are the correct math: 1+1 = 2. So more of something isnt the right answer. Accuracy is.

          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            I wonder if an Apple Fanatic, has ever once uttered the words “Oh, my mistake, I guess I was wrong and I see your point.”? That would be in stark contrast to what you usually hear “I deny facts and logic! What can be plainly seen to those not afflicted with the Apple disease. Has no bearing on how I think or believe things to be in reality! Truth and facts be damned! All hail the late great JOBS!”.

          • SolipsisticPsychologist

            Yes, Cnet, haha, and a website titled “Apple”Insider, are absolutely not biased. The information presented here was taken from a non-Android site. But your sources on the other hand, are two Apple enthusiasts websites.

      • i get the whole “accurate” vs “over-saturated argument, but personally, on a phone, give me the deep blacks and “poping” colors. give me accurate colors on my TV.

      • paul_cus

        I actually don’t mind either one. They both have their ups and downs.

      • ew hell no

      • nightscout13

        no no no no… you got it backwards. OLED>LCD

  • Bigger is better…right? 😉

  • i swear gizmodo just battled the two and iphone5 won. no surprise there.

    • moelsen8

      yeah i’m sure bgr is preparing its rebuttal as we speak.

      • Greyhame

        I stopped reading that rubbish long time ago.

        • moelsen8

          i keep telling myself i’m not going to go there anymore, but at this point it’s like a car wreck… it’s so bad but you just can’t look away. the site’s a disaster these days.

          • Greyhame

            hah. true.

          • moelsen8

            nice, same here! DL and AP are my 2 go-to sites, with android central coming in 3rd. good stuff.

  • Is this a surprise. Apple stopped making superior phones a while back.

    • New_Guy

      I’m not surprised. Both devices have a ppi density above 300, which is beyond the ability of the uman eye (hense the name ‘Retina Display’) and the human eye cannot tell the difference between the two; pixelwise. I’ve always loved the GS’ display more for its rich colors and larger screen (especially a screen ratio that makes sense).

      • Trueblue711

        The pentile display arrangement of the subpixels still allow the human eye to see a difference, even though it’s “Retina.” It’s barely noticeable, but its there.

        • Mustang5Oh

          Uh not really. If you took a close up macro then maybe you would see the pentile but other than that it’s not a big deal.

          • Trueblue711

            Nope, you can still see some rough edges on text. If you wear glasses, maybe not.

    • Michael_NM

      Adam, I am trying hard to agree with you, but your comment suggests that, at one point Apple made superior phones. 🙂

      • Trueblue711

        They did at one point. This may be an Android website, but let’s not be an ignorant fanboy.

        • yeah i’d say they made superior phones from 07 – 09. From froyo onwards Android OS was clearly better.

          • jam12

            id say in terms of usability on an everyday stand point for an average consumer android didnt catch up until ics; then surpased ios with jelly bean

          • nightscout13

            Yes! When I got my OG Droid 1, It was an instant winner.

      • I had an iPhone 3G way back in the day. At the time, it was most definately superior.
        I recently got a chance to play with a Touch Pro and while it is cool and neat and EXTREMELY functional, I don’t think I would’ve been very happy to be using a Touch Pro for 2 years, despite that GORGEOUS screen it has. The iPhone did user experience VERY well. Right on point, one could argue. Things simply worked as you expected (most of the time). Android has only recently caught up (and surpassed, imo) with the iPhone in terms of user experience. But back when I had an iPhone 3G, when I heard about the G1, you know what I did? I LAUGHED because sure, it was technically somewhat superior, at the software level, and the same on hardware. But the user experience was a joke. But now Android has innovated and matured and is very functional, fun to use, has some innovative features, and is smooth as hell!

        • Rickerbilly

          Superior to what? Windows Mobile? Yeah, until Android was released then bye-bye superiority.

          • kevin

            I think that is what he is getting at. When the IPhone was first released it was THE phone to get. i will admit also that IMO back then android phones lacked a bit when it came to smootheness but as of now there is no question that apple is playing a game of catch up to android and apple is now losing…badly…very…badly.

          • Vee

            o_O are you for real?

        • DrewNusser

          I’ll agree with most of this, but do you know why you laughed? It’s not because the G1 sucked, but because you let the iUser superiority complex take over. I’m glad you got over it. The same thing happened to me when I had my iPhone 3G. Luckily, I tried the Atrix last year, and realized that other people make much cooler phones than Apple now.

          • The G1 was okay but it was certainly not fully baked..
            I definitely had an iUser superiority complex going on, I’ll admit. But when I saw that Nexus One, I swear, I started to drool. Beautiful design. Pwned the 3GS in every spec… gorgeous screen.. I almost bought it but settled for the Motorola Droid on Verizon and I LOVED it. I don’t believe Android phones were really “there” until the Droid, cause literally every phone before it sucked. They all had horrid screens, slow processor + gpu combos with no hw acceleration and were all at least a year or 2 behind the 3GS in specs. They were pretty bad. I have a Hero I bought for $20 for shits and giggles, it’s a cool phone, but to use it on a daily basis, I would probably never touch an Android phone again. The Nexus One was the superphone. But the Droid is what really not only put Android on the map, it was finally an Android phone without specs from 2007.

      • jay_peter

        Without Apple, Android wouldn’t have had anything to copy. Be grateful.

        • SolipsisticPsychologist

          Well, you’ve just let the world know that you’ve never once held an Android phone. Thank you for this information, for it will automatically invalidate anything you ever say here, hence forth.

        • nightscout13

          Uh, strange, what was copied? icons? a touch screen? These things existed BEFORE the iPhone (Palm Treo). Matter of fact, iOS copied multi-tasking, and the pull down Notification bar from Android. Now tell me again who copied who?

    • I dont know about that. lets put all Fanboi’ism aside for a second. can you really say the hardware (minus the actual size of the screen) is lacking on the iphone 4 and beyond? I would LOVE to have the build quality of an iphone 5 with the internals and OS of the galaxy nexus.

      • I have to say I actually agree with this. I love my Galaxy Nexus and I don’t plan on leaving android as I love how it works and the community. But sometimes the build feels cheap(er) to me. I’d love the sexiness of the iphone build quality with the abilities of my GNex.

        • nightscout13

          Shoulda got a Motorola. Moto always has superior builds. Samsung on the other hand, is in love with plastic. I have an GS3, but will be switching to the RAZR HD MAXX when it’s available.

      • Kindroid

        Get the upcoming HD Razr Maxx. My Razr Maxx is built like a tank. The Motoblur is a very light touch. And what Blur adds is pretty useful.

    • jay_peter

      Oh look, we have a fandroid among us.

    • Sdrete

      72% of ntsc is the standard used for media video games and web browsers.

      That’s called SRGB. Yes the iPhone 5 is sRGB certified. And no, the superior Frigefreon 6 galaxy III… Is not.

      But don’t let logic and facts get in the way of you freetard android oem users. Standards equal better user experience. But good luck with your grape colored puppy photos.

      • Adam Marr

        Interesting to see an apple fanboy talking about standards. Whats the plug on the bottom of your phone again?

        • New_Guy

          Let’s not forget that ‘standard’ screen resolution either 🙂

          • sdrete

            Please make ONE attemt to sit and read the tests. Both here and Displaymate, before jumping into a subject/conversation you clearly no Nothing about. Some links scattered here that discuss SRGB, in-cell displays, NTSB.

            Or just choose to chime in when you “feel” you have a smart idea to zing someone with.

        • Sdrete

          Now your sounding desperate..

          It’s a charger. Ever heard of one? It’s made to recharge a battery.

          Does it need to be a cross platform consistent “standard” to accurately charge anything? No but a screen does.
          Please, do care to illustrate your faulty logic though, it only makes you look really bright, or shall i say, “accurate”?

          Dont worry, your passion for generic parts wont stop you from understanding crossplatform standards. Give it a try.

          • Adam Marr

            Oh, stop your crying. One test is no reason to get your panties all in a bunch. And lets face it, most user’s could care less about how well a display is calibrated to match an exact color gamut, unless your a professional photog or something along those lines. And regardless of calibration, Samsung makes solid screens. People do however care that the cord they have to plug their phone into not only doesn’t play well with their other devices, is expensive to replace (if you think apple didn’t do this only to make extra profit off its customers, your blind), and honestly many studies found – bad for the environment. So its not a big surprise that Europe regulated the charging port, but oddly enough, not the display calibration. Wonder why they would do that? So yes, you and 10 other people can keep on caring about your 4 inch screen’s color calibration, and then smile and bend over when you pay a hefty markup for your phone, charging cable, and accessories.

          • T_roonw

            Apple Volunteered back in 2009 to join the micro USB “standard” to reduce the amount of phone upgrade garbage in Europe along with abotu 13 other major phone makers. That was a good choice considering such a massive market.

            Also Apples patented charger is made FOR Apple devices after making connection/ speed improvements (made to connect from both sides) and having a lifespan of over ten years now. The iPhone 5 is one of the greenest smartphones even besting the SGIII in recent toxicity studies so this plug conversation doesnt really have anything to do with the disply study here..

          • Adam Marr

            Apple added micro usb support in europe because they had to. Why do you think they only sell the adapters there? Out of the goodness of their hearts? They did score slightly lower on the toxicity levels, but I would wager that has more to do with the lack of certain chips, and the size of the device as opposed to some self-driven green standard. I’m not saying they aren’t trying to be a “green” company (though if you remember a year ago or so they dropped some green certification that put everyone up in arms that they eventually had to add back) but if you think the plug support isn’t just about money, you need to think again. For one, unless your talking about accessories that plug directly in, your limited to usb speeds anyway. And if they did allow it, it would be too easy to folks to make accessories that work for both, or people might be able to make accessories apple couldn’t collect a fee on.

          • nightscout13

            Your logic is absurd. You say something needs to be standardized when it benefits the iPhone, but not standardized when it benefits Android. Your bias is showing.

          • Sdrete

            Color standards benifit everyone. My charger doesnt need to benefit your android battery. Thats basic enough logic?

            If Apple keeps its own wild crazy color space and lets others use their own nutty colorspace, will they be able to share colors the same? NO. By your logic, thats fine obviously. But what if YOU want to play something off your phone to a tv or even print something. Well youre limiting the quality of the output and I’m convinced you think that just fine so long as your device is an Android only phone with neon flourescent saturated colors. Everyone defending Samsung SGIII against the display test just needs to read it first and make up their mind if those limitations are OK. Im sure for alot of folks it is, but to rattle off opinions and pretend they are facts is misleading.

    • nightscout13

      3GS was the pinnacle. Everything after it was/is manure.

  • durangojim

    They both have beautiful displays, but I still prefer LCD over OLED. The quality of the iPhone 5’s screen is better, not by much, than the GS3 especially when you don’t have the brightness cranked at full. Also, who cares how thick the screen is? I only care how thick the phone is.

    • The difference is they’re still using small displays, while Samsung is using larger displays and still improving the quality. Apple has played it safe by staying small, which makes it much easier to retain a high pixel density. Samsung should be commended for their efforts to keep these larger displays nice looking, as it’s not an easy task. It’s clear that consumers are interested in larger displays and Samsung has given us what we’ve wanted.

      • Knlegend1

        Ever heard of the new ipad?

        • Samsung makes those screens don’t they?

          • Knlegend1

            I don’t think it matters!

          • I think they do. I wish they could stick one in the GS3 though. I love Amoled for movies but prefer LCD for everything else.

        • JustTrollin69

          This isn’t about an iPad, this is between the iPhone and S3.

          • Knlegend1

            Smh you read my comment but didn’t read why I said it.

      • jay_peter

        Bigger isn’t always better. I’m sure you’ve heard that enough times in bed. Not sure why you haven’t figured it out yet.

        • nightscout13

          Bigger is ALWAYS better. Your girl friend just hasn’t tried bigger yet 😉 Once she does, she wont want smaller anymore.

      • justsaying…

        The real reason why Samsung, HTC and the other Android phone assemblers have “decided” to offer ergonomically inferior large screen devices is simply because they need more room in the device’s shell to fit all of their off-shelf parts and enough battery to run that inferior hardware and the Android OS
        Read more at http://macdailynews.com/2012/09/19/why-android-phone-screens-are-so-big-inferior-off-the-shelf-components-with-an-inferior-os/#hZC60C2xYX1Z7Dlo.99

        • Diablo81588

          Mac daily? Lol you iTards are out in force today!

          • justsaying…

            Just helpin the Freetards understand that off the shelf frankenstein parts arent always efficient use of components. Enjoy your Phablets.

          • Enjoy your tiny hands.

          • justsaying…

            the right or the left one? Can I choose?

          • nightscout13

            You sir, are a failure. Pack you bags and go home.

    • HTC1

      Ummm, you just got told it isn’t better!!!!! why do you think we would listen to you over a real study. But thanks for letting us know. And by the way, NO, the I-junk screen isn’t better. thank you very much

      • But but, he just said the quality of the iPhone’s screen is better. That should be good enough for you and your facts.

      • fierywater

        DisplayMate’s Real Study (TM) said the iPhone 5’s screen is better.


    • Droidzilla

      I still prefer OLED to LCD, all other things equal, for a small display (<12"). I care more about colour vibrancy than colour fidelity in this small of an application. Were this a full sized computer, I would definitely want accuracy over vibrancy.

  • +1 android -1 *phone 5