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Display Comparison: HTC DROID DNA vs. Nexus 4 vs. Galaxy S3

A long time ago, in our reviews, we started posting up comparison macro pictures of icons from two different devices. It wasn’t always to show which device reigned supreme, but more of a way to show off the different display techs being used, how far the technology has come over the years, and how many pixels display manufacturers were beginning to pack inside. When the HTC DROID DNA was announced with its 1080p display and 440ppi, blowing all previous displays out of the water, we couldn’t wait go get it in our possession so that we could finally go up-close-and-personal with those 5-inches of glory.

Below, we took the 3 hottest phones on the planet right now (Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, and DNA), zoomed in, snapped, and put together this comparison of the Gmail icon from each phone. Since each device uses a different different display, you’ll notice the differences almost immediately. 

The HTC DROID DNA sports a 5″ Super LCD 3 (1920×1080 at 440ppi). The LG Nexus 4 sports a 4.7″ True HD IPS LCD (1280×768 at 320ppi). The Samsung Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED (1280×720 at 306ppi).

To the naked eye, all of these displays look great. But man, under a macro lens, how can you not be impressed by the DNA?

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  • chapmam1969

    I had a htc rezound the sent me a gs3 on replacement phone so I need to know to hold one tothe gs3 or try for htc dna I do like the htc but updating the phone it takes very long so this is my first gs3 so please tell me if u think the dna is a lot better phone then the gs3 thank u

  • Uriah Romero

    I chose to get the Droid DNA over the S3 and Nexus 4 mainly because of
    the screens. The other two weren’t bad, but they weren’t as good as the 1080p
    display on the DNA. For me, screen appearance is important. For one, I use the
    DISH Remote Access app on my phone so that I can stream live TV through the
    Sling Adapter that I have connected to my receiver at home. The app is really
    useful when I can’t be at home to watch my shows, and having a display like
    this is fantastic. One of my DISH coworkers also bought a DNA and they are in
    love with it just as much as I am.

  • Guy Regnier

    Who wants blue whites? S3 is a great phone execpt for the blue tint to EVERYTHING and the screen can look a tad dim always…. no thanks. the HTC DNA screen is flawless

  • Resolution aside, I feel SuperLCD > SuperAMOLED. Just look at the sickly green hue of the GS3 display.

  • Jacques lafargue

    what wallpaper is on the nexus 4 ?

  • I think im gonna continue avoiding looking at the DNA in person so i can continue to say that i still think my GNex’s screen looks good, then i silently cry myself to sleep out of shame.

  • Cedrik L

    Sry mates, i would go with the nexus 4! It’s a bit redish, yes, but it seems to be sharper, even if the DNA should be sharper.

  • r0lct

    While the color is whiter on the DNA the N4 screen still looks quite nice.

  • zohen

    Now lets see same macro test with black colors

  • Benmartin1974

    Id been weighing up ordering a galaxy nexus for ages. I read lots of reviews and this one was the best http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my package last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure-

  • KRS_Won

    Why no RAZR HD?

    • Yeah, definitely would be nice to see how that stacked up as well 😀