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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.ย 

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 werenโ€™t bad, but they werenโ€™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 canโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Bob G


  • J Dub

    The key here is under the macro lense. Like it says, they all look great in real life. I think posting macros next to last years flagships would be interesting. What flagship did LG have last year? Oh yeah…

  • Dave225

    I took a screenshot on my Gnex and then zoomed into the Gmail app. It looks nothing like the picture shown. I see no blue tint at all. Something is wrong here.

  • bigillz

    Can you please add the Note 2 to this comparison, and as others said, do it with auto-white-balance turned OFF on your camera? Most people looking at the DNA and Nexus 4 are up against the Note 2 – the S3 is older, those that were jumping to that, have. Gracias.

  • I just looked at my N10 and SGS3 Gmail icons side by side… Almost no difference in whites… I call bs on that blue Gmail icon…

  • Sith77

    DNA by far the best piece of cell technology I have ever purchased !! Screen is out of this world , there’s virtually zero lag OS related , sense is not heavy at all silky smooth . I use google drive and google music so the storage on the phone is purely app related so the storage is fine for me . I use the wireless charging stations WITH an otterbox defender case with out any problems . The beats audio amplifier is unparalleled !!! I compared the DNA to wife’s ip**** and she was BLOWN away Will using the headphone jack into a car stearo , The sound quality was superb , full rich and plenty of bass. Deffinetly have no negative comments about this phone at all .

    • So Note 2 or DNA? I want that S Pen and really good battery life…. but want the beats audio also and 1080p display. But only 16GB storage and smaller battery…

      Probably getting the Note 2 tomorrow.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    I prefer blacker blacks! ๐Ÿ˜›


  • thedanks

    is it just me or the DNA display not really very bright compared to the s3 or I dare I say the note 2. I turned the brightness up all the way and was not very satisfied.

    • LionStone

      Maybe. I’m outdoors a lot so when I’m indoors I’m kinda sensitive to bright lights. In the evening I could actually get away with screen brightness turned all the way down. When I head out I put it at 1/3 brightness or Auto, depending. So, for me, screen brightness is sufficient.

      • Agreed, amoled at LOW brightness looks aweful, I have gnex, and the banding is terrible at night w/low brightness, not to mention the burn in ๐Ÿ™

  • MKader17

    I think you need to post up the OG Droid so we can get a feel for how we have advanced.

    • bhayes444

      What are you saying!? OG Droid has the bestest screen evaaaaar, more like regression

  • Ethan

    This is mindblowing considering how impressed I am with my GS3’s display. Makes it look like it’s 480p in the macro. DNA owners- I’ve got an upgrade on the line; I’d like your thoughts on if it’s worth it. Much appreciated!

    • LionStone

      Absolutely worth the $650. if you have to buy outright like I did…vs the N2 $800! For a ‘phone’ that won’t even fit in a cup holder! Hah, no thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m using Nova on mine and disabled the lock ring pull in stock settings…so sweet! The tight bezel, screen and form factor you will only grow to appreciate the more you use it.

  • A lot of Samsung fans with hurt feelings I see. Consideringevery phone being announced for next year is a 1080 p quad-corebeast, is say these dual core galaxy s3s are obsolete. Good phone still but not impressive as the standards set with even the optimus g

  • Immolate

    Funny, I looked at the Gmail icon on my S3 in the app drawer and immediately noticed that there were lots of icons that were a lot whiter. The S3 icon is actually an off-white color, which makes this comparison questionable. Look at the Play Store icon on the S3. It’s very white.

    I’ll be happy when I get a 1080p phone, but that’s because I’m a hopeless tech nerd. In the meantime, I’ll be happy with my butt-kicking Note 2 when it comes in tomorrow.

    • Shaun Hardey

      It would be nice to see a professional comparison, rather than an inconsistent one.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Run AnTuTu benchmarks on these!!!!

  • Chuckleb0ne

    What ROM is on the S3 in the first picture above?

  • RoadsterHD1

    Droid DNA looks best

  • Soofdawg

    At a macro level, I can appreciate the comparison. However, this comparison is a moot point…I’ve put my S3 next to both of these phones, and the human eye won’t be able to distinguish this amount of detail. Also, on a side note, was the white balance manually fixed before shooting these? Readers may mistake the imbalance from the camera and instead fault the screen of the respective phone. For example, the S3 does not have such a blueish hue as shown on the icon sample that’s been posted above.

    • Shaun Hardey

      Flawed comparison is flawed.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I got to play with it. 5 inches really isn’t that bug, it’s nice ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

    • Shaun Hardey

      That’s what she said.

  • OMG do blood cells really look like apple jacks? Sheesh, people take these WAY too seriously.

  • they all hurt my eyes

  • etg9

    After taking a picture of my SGS III that has far more detail than the picture above I think you may want to get your SGSIII checked out. Mine doesn’t look like that at all. It’s not in any way perfect but it’s not green like that. I do have a blown red pixel.

  • Nathan Corachea

    dang i remember when amoled first came out and thinking to myself that it would be one of the most amazing displays.

  • Tim242

    Looking at things closer up than the human eye can see is pointless. The Gmail icon is white on all three to the human eye. Period.

    • Sucks for you to not be able to see colors properly. I’ve yet to see an AMOLED phone that display a true white color.

      • Tim242

        Then you haven’t seen the Note II. Find an LCD that produces true blacks.

        • I’ve compared side by side with a Note II and I find the DNA to look much better, but then again I haven’t seen them macro.

          • Tim242

            How did you compare them side by side? Did you buy the DNA and take it into a Sprint or att store?

  • cooksta32676

    I noticed with the lights off you can actually see the back light assembly on the DNA. LED technology won’t show this minor flaw.

    • Shaun Hardey

      As well as LCD’s will never be able to reproduce a true black.

  • Here’s the thing…

    I’m using a GS3 without color correction of any kind, at a relatively low brightness, and my Gmail icon looks nothing like the one pictured. I it looks pretty white to me. I while I do believe that the GS3 really does have a bluish tint, most of the time in real world situations its tough to notice.

    Ymmv. I think this picture exaggerates the problem.

  • Illinipoke98

    I have to call a little bit of bs on those colors, I think the camera that took them auto adjusted its white balance a bit. I have no doubt that the whites are off on the s3 and nx4, but theres no way they are THAT far off, epecialy when we can see the whites in the pic above of all 3 phones sitting next to each other and you dont see those radical of tints.

    Can we get a good, shot of all 3 phones sitting side by side?

    • Take your S3 in to Verizon and compare it yourself if you call BS. I did it with my GNex and not only was I blown away by how much brighter the DNA is but the difference in color is astounding.

    • jb

      Agreed. I would venture to guess that the camera was in auto white balance mode. In fact, in the image above of the 3 phones, I checked the exif data and it indicated that picture was taken with auto white balance – so I’m guessing the 3 macro pics weren’t taken in full manual with a white balance/neutral grey card and then post processed properly.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not slamming auto white balance. I use it more often than not. But, sometimes it’ll give some WHACKY results. In this case, you have a phone with a black bezel compared to a phone with a white bezel. Additionally, I’m guessing the background image on the phone (behind the icons) isn’t the same either. Both of those factors would HUGELY influence the white balance of a macro picture.

    • chris125

      well the s3 whites were always a little off when comparing them to lcd panel phones so this isn’t surprising.

    • Tommy Thompson

      I would say a better way of telling something is off…the black levels. All three phones don’t show pitch black like in that photo..

  • To those of you that have a DNA, does your Play-My Library widget work? Mine just shows a grey box with the play logo at the top. HTC tells me that its a broken widget on HTC devices running Android 4.0 and later, and running Sense 4.0 and later. Apparently HTC has just been made aware and is going to start working with google for a fix.

    • I dont use the widget but yes its just a play logo in grey at the top… loading an alternate launcher allows it to load fine… I used nova and it works fine… if its that important just load a launcher and use it

  • k_nivesout

    What’s up with that cross hatching thing going on with the DNA? Assuming these photos are properly white balanced, it really shows that Samsung and LG don’t go to much trouble to properly calibrate their displays.

    • My Gnex had the same thing happen to it, no clue as to why.

    • Daistaar

      I thought the same thing. Open the image in full image (link above the image). Just an artifact of the image being compressed to fit.

      • Yup, optical illusion on this pic but this phenomenon actually happened on my gnex, esp when the brightness was turned down. It eventually turned into full lines. I ended up replacing the device under warranty, and the new one does not.

  • Good God, the GS3 looks horrible. But to the naked eye it is lovely. I will admit, I prefer whiter whites.

  • How is it possible that mere months after getting my top-o-the-line S3, its suddenly the worst thing I have ever owned!?!

    • renGek

      In another few months there will be a comparison showing how bad DNA’s screen is. Its the normal cycle.

      • kg215

        What you said is reasonable, but not so sure about the droid DNA being outclassed in just a few months. 1080p in a 5 inch screen is ridiculous (in a good way).

        • LionStone

          Agreed. Maybe in a year there will be something better, but certainly it can be matched in a couple months.

    • JulianZHuang

      android device get outdated within couple months.

      • master94

        better than ios devices which arrive outdated to the market.

    • Guy Regnier

      Down to two – DNA and S3, both have neck and neck competition, but after seeing the TERRIBLE BLUE tint and dim screen of the S3…. why would anyone suffer it when the DNA screen is superb?

  • Bewara2009

    The DNA shouldn’t be in here cause it has the 1080p resolution screen we know it has the best display… you should have replaces it with the note 2 bud.

  • I just bought the DNA and I’m awful impressed!!!! Will be hanging on to this phone for quite awhile!!! All my friends that have the S3 and Note 2 wish they would have gotten the DNA instead.. I’ve been told the screen is flawless!

    • Tim242

      11 gigs of storage, non removable puny battery, and bloated Gingerbread looking Sense? No thanks!

      • JWellington

        And that really makes up a huge portion of your experience with the device.

      • I guess to each his own. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • LionStone

          Pay no mind, they’re just trying to justify the extra cost of the phablet by trying to diss the DNA. They call Sense bloat, yet they gladly accept all extra gimmicks on the N2 and tout them as “features”. Hah, gotta love it ๐Ÿ™‚

          • bhayes444

            The very reason I stick with the Nexus line now. Some things are actually unique and I would consider features, others are pieces of crap. Better to just have stock and add on things I actually want later on…

          • kg215

            What is N2 do you mean N4? Sense IS bloat but not a device killer, the 16gb storage hurts a little, non removable battery (on a device as powerful as the DNA) hurts a lot. The DNA is the absolute hardware king, not sure why HTC has to shoot itself in the foot with the non removable battery. It’s fine right now but batteries degrade over time, it’s not like tablets that start at 6000-9000mah with non removable batteries.

          • dannys62

            well i get full day of use on it so im happy .. the dna that is

          • Brian Parkerson

            Samsung Galaxy Note 2 = N2
            LG Nexus 4 = N4

          • LionStone

            Thank you

          • LionStone

            “Sense IS bloat…” That’s merely your opinion, not fact. Again, I feel they didn’t shoot themselves in the foot because the battery has been sufficient. I took my DNA off the charger at 7a in SF yesterday, flew to the East coast, and granted I had it in Airplane mode for 7 hrs during flight time, I still have 20% (27hrs on!) and its past noon now in NC! 4G on the whole time (minus the 7 hrs), phone calls, messaging, camera-pic sharing, G+, 2 email accts, 2 weather widgets, NFL Mobile, etc…Anyway, your usage may differ but it certainly works for me and I can keep it in my pocket and not feel like a brick ๐Ÿ™‚

          • nhizzat

            What does Sense add to the UX that is worth mentioning? At least TouchWiz adds many features that are useful.

            I’ve come to like TouchWiz except for the awful launcher.

          • LionStone

            Just 1 right off the top of my head, Camera app. It is so feature rich you will need about 5 different apps just to have the capability that Sense provides built in.

          • Tommy Thompson

            Because those features don’t cause the system to crash or lag like Sense does with most of their phones. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • LionStone

            Hah…nice try buddy…that’s a pretty general statement. I’ve used the Inc 4G and now the DNA and nothing lags or crashes.

          • Tommy Thompson

            There are forum threads dedicated to it. Nice try buddy.

          • LionStone

            With current phones? That’s right…no. Keep trying ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Tommy Thompson

            The EVO LTE yes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can probably find more too.

          • LionStone

            Hmm, that’s on Sprint right?…care to provide factual proof that Sense actually lags or crashes a phone? I haven’t seen any, just people complaining whereas, in reality, it’s probably Facebook or network issues ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Tommy Thompson
          • LionStone

            Sorry mate, Page Not Found ๐Ÿ™

          • Tommy Thompson
          • LionStone

            That guy had a jacked up phone, he should’ve returned it. If every single app crashes he obviously had a bunk unit. He did a factory reset and messed up Google Wallet.

          • Tommy Thompson

            Lol okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • chris125

        so because YOU don’t like it means that they should just not sell it because clearly you have the same opinion as everyone else? /s if people like the phone let them enjoy it. We know you love your note, but not everyone wants a huge device like that. Why bash android and android? Choice is a good thing…

        • Tim242

          A huge phone like the Note? I’ve held both. Very little difference. They are both huge phones. 11 gigs of storage and a non-removable small battery is a huge deal to a lot of people. Of course some are OK with it. That’s great. My comment wasn’t bashing the people that buy it, it was a reply to the comment claiming that it was so much better. It is clearly not for most people. Low amount of storage, non-removable batteries, nor Sense has ever been popular among Android users.

          • chris125

            the comment you referenced doesn’t mention anywhere about it being better all it does is say that for that person her friends wish they would have gotten the dna. You note 2 fanboys are getting as bad as the isheep.

          • Tim242

            They are boasting about how great it is and how their friends are so jealous and wish they had one. If you can’t see the point of that post, you are blind and dense. I’ve been playing with the Note II for a month. I sell then at my Sprint Store. I am not a sheep. I have experienced all of its great qualities.

          • chris125

            so once again because they and their friends are jealous they are boasting. Man must be a sad life you live to get upset that someone likes another phone better than your note 2. Oh no the world is coming to an end now…../s

          • Tim242

            I am not upset. I don’t let these sites get to me like you do. I’ve been experiencing your negativity for years now. I just roll my eyes and move on. : )

    • jzwerlz43

      im quite happy with the galaxy s3. i just bought it and love it. i thought about the dna but decided otherwise due to no sd card slot or removeable battery. Samsung software is also great. also i do not like sense at all. the s3 with nova launcher prime has been great to me so far, and i may rom it in the future if i decide to.

      • I love the DNA lol I have everything uploaded to Google’s Cloud so the storage space isn’t a big deal for me. I looked at the S3 and was very impressed but the specs on the DNA caught my eye and the screen well its amazingly beautiful.lol ๐Ÿ™‚

        • jzwerlz43

          the screen is amazing il give it that but i decided otherwise. to each their own!

    • LionStone

      Yep!! Oh BTW, Nova on DNA is BOSS!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • is it ironic that I am looking at this on my Galaxy Nexus?

  • Why you no RAZR HD??

    • MicroNix

      Cuz its not one of the 3 hottest phones on the planet right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Just today I spoke to someone that was going to get an S3. Haven’t spoke to, or known anyone, that was hot for the Razr HD. Just sayin…

      • Diablo81588

        That’s because its only available on Verizon. The s3 is globally available and has had a massive marketing campaign.

        • Dain Laguna

          Motorola could market just as easily. There are things are superior about the s3, namely the camera which the average consumer is pretty concerned with.

          • chris125

            the camera on moto devices sucks

    • Dain Laguna

      because it’s display is very similar to the Galaxy s3 in the Galaxy Nexus before it.

  • Sobr0801

    I wish you would have put the Lumia 920, and iPhone 5 in for good measure. Although the screen is amazing, the more I used sense the less I liked it. To many downsides to owning a DNA to exchange for the Amazing screen. Learned my lesson with my Rezound.

    • k_nivesout

      Agreed about the Lumia and iPhone comparisons. However I was slightly amused that as someone who learned their lesson with the rezound, you still bought a DNA ;P

      • Sobr0801

        I purchased a Lumia 920, I completely left Android altogether after the Rezound fiasco. The screen is spectacular. I would get a Nexus 4 if I had not left Android.

        • What Rezound fiasco? Everyone is always ripping on the Rezound.. it’s hands down above and beyond the best phone I’ve ever owned. I literally have nothing bad I can say about it, at all.

          • Sobr0801

            Love my Rezound up until the day I sold it, but it took forever to get the official version of ICS on the damn thing. I had a leaked version of it running back in march 2012, and it was fine, but then 4.1 was released, and then 4.2 was release, and the Rezound is still on… anyways it was the downfall of Android in my book. While I still love Android (have a bionic sitting around the house for gaming) I am happy with my new WP8.

          • Randall Postlethwait

            Then it has to be one of the only 4g phones in the same class you have ever used. I would rate the Rezound above the droid charge and the Tbolt, but thats about it.

          • That makes two of us. Rock-solid since I traded it for the Gnex in December 2011.

          • nwd1911

            I love my Rezound and it is the best phone I have ever owned, HOWEVER, the battery life is awful. I don’t use 4G unless I’m in my house, plugged into a charger. Screen is still amazing and with the ICS update, I’m a happy camper. I do wonder if I’ll ever see JB. Also, I have to admit I wish the proc was beefier, I’m getting stutter on graphic intensive games.

          • bhayes444

            That would most likely be the graphics chip, not the processor.

          • Jay

            Root and drop a ROM on the mother fucker. That’s the only way to make the Rezound awesome.

          • I loved my rezound too , battery on4g was awful, DNA battery is 100x better, actually the rezound had the best screen until DNA blew it away. The wait for ifs was absurd tho.

        • Cowboydroid

          Sounds like a personal issue.

          • Sobr0801

            That it is.

  • Daistaar

    Quote of the Day: “Up close and personal with those 5 inches of glory” -Kellex

    • upto I saw the receipt ov $6305, I didnt believe that…my… best friend woz like trully bringing in $68/hr part time on their apple labtop.. there neighbour has done this for less than 10 months and a short time ago paid for the dept on there condo and bourt a great new Ford Mustang. read more at, A­sk25.­­c­om

    • Pedro

      That’s so NOT what she said.

    • John Simonelli

      It’s what my girlfriend used to call me. lol

  • dylan84

    Jeez there is way too much blue/green from the GS3. I would be curious to see how those three match up with the One X. Just got one yesterday and I’ve never seen a screen this beautiful.

    • HTC is king of beautiful displays. Go back to last year and look up the comparisons with the Rezound, same story again!

    • Sobr0801

      One X smokes GS3. Good Choice.

      • dylan84

        I had no interest in the GS3 at any point in looking for a new phone. New all along I wanted the One X.

    • it’s inherent to Super Amoled, easily corrected with gamma controls.

  • Random question…on the SG3…That’s on the homescreen right? Is that just icon placed next to each other with the dock hidden or is that some custom launcher?

  • breadable

    This comparison is great! I don’t remember the S3 having such a gross green tint. I’m still a little hesitant to jump for the DNA with what I’ve heard about the battery and camera. Plus the thing is a little large

    • I ran mine all day yesterday on 4G from 3 A.M. until 12 A.M. down to 10% with what I’d consider moderate usage. I used it for a handful of calls, youtube a few times, facebook through out the day as well as sms. I also have auto-brightness on and used it for bluetooth for awhile in my car.

      That battery isn’t horrible if you’re not a heavy user. The camera isn’t terrible either, from what I’ve noticed it just takes a little while to adjust to lighting but I like the shots it takes.

      • Shaun Hardey

        What about screen time? Everyone’s usage is drastically different.

        • zepfloyd

          Screen time isn’t really a good metric, how bright are you keeping it? what’s the CPU/GPU actually doing when the screen is on? all these things significantly impact that metric. It’s impossible to declare what it really is, everyone’s usage is subjective. Try it for yourself or dont bother at all. First it was, what’s battery life, when that was ok, now it’s what screen on time, what’s next Youtube times?

          • LionStone

            Haha…true, true, Zepfloyd…it doesn’t matter to me that the DNA doesn’t show screen time in stock settings as long as I have juice to do the things I need to do, I’m fine with that.

  • FarmerTechno

    I currently have the DNA, but I’m returning it tomorrow and leaving Verizon for the N4. The macro shots are definitely impressive, but to my eye it’s barely noticeable in the real-world. I got caught up in specs and jumped without comparing. Finally saw an N4, and side-by-side they’re pretty damn close. That, plus the grim outlook on having stock Android on the DNA, made it a deal-breaker for me.

    • Jay

      I’ll buy your DNA off of you for $150

      • ArrowCool

        I’m going to “Price is Right” you and bid $151

        • Jay

          I’m going to “Bender” you and bid 150 dollars and 100 cents!

      • $1

    • cooksta32676

      I got caught up in specs and have been paranoid to upgrade my DX for a while now. I think the experience of the Note2 will outweigh the minuscule drops in specs it loses out on.

      • Wait…in what way is a Droid X better in specs than a Note 2?

      • bhayes444

        I would wager to say you are correct.

    • polioman

      I’m leaving Verizon for the N4 as well.

  • I don’t care what the specs are, any device that has the Nexus name is the winner.

    • jldleo

      Your comment = Sheep

      • Doan

        Unfortunately. I’m a pretty big Android (and Nexus) fan, but no one should be a blind fanboy.

        • I was mostly kidding. I personally won’t buy anything but a Nexus, but I realize they’re not for everyone.

          • I had the Galaxy Nexus, and I now consider it a piece of crap.

            I had to go back to my Droid X because my Sim card reader on it went out. It’s battery didn’t last very long at all, ten hours with probably two screen time. Also I dropped it once from about two/three feet off the ground and a quarter inch chunk of screen fell out of it.

            I hate sense, but this high quality phone is worth dealing with it. Most of it will be taken care of here in the next month or so anyways.

          • Dain Laguna

            not to be a ‘sheep’ but all those sound like hardware related issues. imo software-wise, nexus is where its at.

        • Jay

          I blindly support you

    • I don’t care what the specs are, any device that has the Apple name is the winner.

      See what I did there?

      • Yeah, but Apple sucks.

        • nhizzat

          But they know how to sell devices without issue, unlike our beloved Google.

          • Shaun Hardey

            Are you an idiot? What happened with the iPhone 4 antenna problems? How about the white iPhone 4 that was delayed for MONTHS. Did I mention that the newest iMac were delayed even more because of “new manufacturing techniques”? Oh yeah I also forgot about the part where they cripple their 2-3 year old computer hardware because they want you to buy new computers and refuse to allow you to have the newest OS update (that always remain the same and come out buggy as hell)

            That being said, I own an 24″ iMac and a 17″ MBP.. Last pieces of equipment that will be branded with a quarter eaten fruit out in my house.

            “Think Different” Hahaha “Think Alike”

          • nhizzat

            You missed my point entirely.

            Backorders, delays, and QC issues will happen. Apple sells far more devices through their website than Google does, yet Apple’s website doesn’t crash. Apple ships orders as they are received, not arbitrarily like Google did with the Nexus 7 pre-order. The past 2 device launches on the Google Play Store have left much to be desired.

  • What about the Galaxy Nexus 10? How does it compare?

    • Dain Laguna

      what galaxy nexus 10

  • Despyse

    I held up my DNA to my Galaxy Nexus and was instantly disgusted by the tint on the Nexus. Couldn’t believe I thought they were ‘normal’ colors. The same can be said about the S3. Having the S3 next to the Nexus 4 you can see how green the S3 is and how red the N4 is. The DNA’s screen is amazing… #nuff

    • zepfloyd

      Yeah I agree, after having the DNA for a week now it’s very hard to look at the S3 or Nexus and not realize just how bad SAMOLED really is at color reproduction via over saturation.

      • sidney547

        How is the battery life? I’m ready for an upgrade and I’m torn between the S3, DNA, and Note 2

        • hfoster52

          Same but with Samsung releasing source for Note 2 paves the way for ROM’s haven’t heard of anything like that for the DNA yet.

    • Zach Jacobs

      because of those tobacco stain whites i will never get a pentile amoled again.

  • Eric Hauth

    Droid DNA, it makes your whites, whiter!

  • naked eye

    You know cause I always carry a macro lens around…

    • Sobr0801

      Doesn’t matter, I love the comparison.

    • For me it’s not so much pixel density (unless you’re talking about the Moto Bubonic), it’s the color accuracy. Amazing to see how colors vary so much between phones.

    • etg9

      I actually do always carry a macro lens around. As of today 2 of them 50 and 100 mm. I have them on me 95% of the time unless I’m specifically told I can’t bring my DSLR places (NHL, Concerts)

      /SGSIII, don’t really care

  • That AMOLED looks disgusting with it’s blue-green tint. Once you’ve used a phone with a high quality / high-res LCD display, you’ll never go back to AMOLED garbage.

    • You obviously have never touched your gamma controls, have you?

      • That doesn’t matter when an AMOLED is made up red green and blue pixles without a true white color.

        • bose301s

          You sir, are a raging moron. The DNA and Nexus 4 are also made up of RGB sub pixels with no true white pixels, it’s whit is made by mixing the RGB pixels. The only devices that had white sub-pixels were the Motorola devices released last year, Droid 3, Bionic, Atrix 4G etc. and those displays were horrendous. You can easily tune the AMOLED displays for true white reproduction, it just involves changing the levels of the RGB pixels.

          • I won’t pretend to know all the tech behind these displays because I don’t. But here’s my question. In the full-size image posted above, I can see individual WHITE pixels in the DNA image. But in the SG3 I see what looks like blue, turquoise and orange pixels where it should be white. If the LCD makes white by mixing these RGB pixels and the AMOLED can’t, how they can changing the levels produce a TRUE white like you stated? If the pixels don’t mix, how do you make a BLUE pixel WHITE?

            As shown in this article, the SGIII’s blue (white) pixels are at 7860K, when true white is about 6500K


          • bose301s

            Each pixel in a traditional LCD is made up of 3 sub pixels, a red, green and blue sub pixel aka. RGB. These are in a stripe pattern. In an individual pixel if you turn on the red, green and blue subpixel at equal intensities you get white out of the pixel even though the individual sub pixels are still RGB.

          • Ok so your comment and Diablo’s comment above confuses me. He says you get white from an LCD via the white backlight (?). But you say an LCD produces a white pixel by making the RGB suppixels the same intensity.

            And with regards to AMOLED, how can you produce a true white when a phone has a Pentile matrix with RG and BG pixels, instead of RGB pixels?

          • bose301s

            Because you can the basically combine 2 pixels, the RG and BG pixel to create white using an algorithm built into the Pentile control chip.

          • Diablo81588

            A LCD doesn’t make white because the backlight is white. It doesn’t need to block any light to make a white color. Its the same reason a LCD can never produce a true black, because that would require the backlight to turn off.

          • You have no idea what you are talking about. With a few rare exceptions all color screens (tv, lcd, crt, phone, etc) are made up of red, green, and blue sub-pixels. You think you see white because the RGBs are so small on the DNA. When you turn all three sub-pixels all the way bright, the light mixes and appears white to our eyes. This is called physics.

    • Diablo81588

      Lol. AMOLED is the future of displays. It will phase out LCD eventually when the technology matures. Wait until you see a 60 inch AMOLED display in person, you’ll be blown away.

      • I’ve been hearing that crap for the longest time now. Guess what, still hasn’t happened. It seems like only Samsung insists on using these crappy displays. If AMOLED was so great, why is it that the non-AMOLED phones end up having the best displays?

        • Diablo81588

          For one thing, current AMOLED displays are not true RGB due to premature phosphor aging. AMOLED displays are in their infancy. When LCD first came out about 20 years ago, it was pure garbage. It takes time to perfect a technology, and AMOLED is no different. From a technical standpoint, OLED is far superior to LCD.

          • I dunno, I’d prefer to look at an LCD to LED anything any day.

          • Ibrick

            So you’re saying we should compare current LCD tech with what future AMOLED might produce?

            We can only compare what’s currently available, not what something might look like down the road.

          • zepfloyd

            Not really true anymore man. I used to be huge on AMOLED but there’s physical limitations that simply can’t be out engineered. Take the life of the blue pixel for one, power requirements for another. Today’s SLCD use much less power than AMOLEDs and provide in-cell digitizers. Samsung’s tried to compensate by using a pentile matrix, but it’s just not good enough all around. AMOLED’s may give you truer blacks on a technical level, but LCD isn’t all that far behind. I surely can’t tell. Black looks black on both. In terms of color accuracy, power, brightness, and density SLCD wins hands down. AMOLED has contrast, but not much else. Ironically, AMOLED may be better served in the futre on TVs than mobile displays where contrast is more important and power consumption is less critical.

          • Diablo81588

            I disagree about the physical limitations. Take plasma displays for example. When they first came out, they had serious problems with burn in and had a very short life. Current plasmas last just as long as LCDs and image retention is a non issue. LCD displays are no different. When they were first introduced, they had terrible viewing angles and refresh rates were so high that any type of moving image was a ghost trail. All early technologies have growing pains, and OLED has very few drawbacks compared to other display technologies before it. They will perfect it in time. When OLED gets a true RGB stripe pixel arrangement, we will get a display that can produce the full NTSC color spectrum, and have perfect contrast with pinpoint color accuracy.

  • Jeoffrey Aurelio

    Now if I had the DNA that be awesome… Guess the 440 ppi is amazing.. To bad my gnex.. can’t compare…

    • Tim242

      PPI beyond 300 is not detectable by the human eye. It has to do with display tech, not PPI.

  • ForrestTracey


    • Zohen

      Now lets see same macro test with black colors

  • i’ll be sure not to have my face against the glass of my S3

    • Yeah…. resolution is the only issue here. Not the color balance. Not that the S3 has a dimmer screen than even the GNex.

    • Haha. Though besides the pentile display, the black clipping seems pretty atrocious on the S3 in dark shots in videos/movies. Word is someone’s working on a software algorithm fix at least. It’s also amazing how varied the screen quality can tend to be from device to device as well. Some are brighter, sharper, have less bleeding and are more accurate than others.

  • That looks amazing!!! I’m a videographer and my GNex kills me with its AMOLED screen. I love the pixel density, but the oversaturation and blue tint drives me nuts sometimes. I know that most people might not see the difference or probably not care, but for me, my eyes cannot unsee better.

    • NorCalGuy

      If you are rooted almost all the 4.1 kernels will alow for hue and saturation color changes that might help a little. It helped for me a lot and not to mention you can tweak it to even save some battery.

      • exactly! The blue/green tint can be completely eradicated. Oversaturation…well…not so much

      • Tim242

        Samsung phones have this in settings

    • That’s what I HATE about AMOLED screens. I can’t stand the fact that they can’t produce a true white color. I don’t think I can ever go back to an AMOLED display.

      • bose301s

        They CAN produce a true white, easily. They just aren’t tuned that way from the factory, but you can tune them really easily to be true white.

  • What about the Note 2? Lets see how that matches up.

    • note 2 or bust!

      I second the note 2!

    • moew

      thirded note 2!!!
      And RAZR HD!

    • Droidzilla

      And the OG Droid!

    • rics

      the note 2 has the same display as the Sgt.. quintile Amoled that’s all blue.

      • rics

        sg3* pintile*

        • Tommy Thompson

          try again.

      • Zach Jacobs

        I wanna know if the Note 2’s new pixel arrangement can produce whiter whites and less over-saturation.

      • nhizzat

        The Note 2 isn’t pentile, it’s RGB stripe.

        • zepfloyd

          Note 2 is NOT RGB stripe. While it’s at least not Pentile, it’s RG + B bar, which is still not a true RGB stripe. The Galaxy S2 remains the only true RGB OLED mobile display, and why they still don’t call it HD SAMOLED Plus.

          • krazyfrog

            If it has all three colors itโ€™s RGB. The blue runs at half intensity to make sure it doesnโ€™t burn out fast so itโ€™s twice the size as red and green. The end result is basically the same.

          • zepfloyd

            Pentile displays have all 3 colors too. So? It’s the arrangement that counts. Basically the same is still not the same. Close doesn’t count, only in horseshoes. It’s a type of RGB but RGB Stripe has one definition, and the Note 2 doesn’t meet it. Period.
            The Verge explained it pretty well in their review and it’s easily seen in their shot comparison to the One X (true RGB Stripe), as did a few other sites.

          • krazyfrog

            No, they donโ€™t. PenTile displays have an RG-BG pattern, where each pixel only has two sub pixels, RG, or BG. Standard RGB panels have three RGB sub pixels of equal size. The Note II panel has RGB, with three sub pixels but with half the pixel taken up by the blue sub pixel and the other half by red and green sub pixel. The sizes are different but itโ€™s still RGB panel.

          • zepfloyd

            “”Standard RGB panels have three RGB sub pixels of equal size … The sizes are different but itโ€™s still RGB panel.””

            You just contradicted yourself in your own comment, ha. Don’t bother..I’m done here. Issue speaks for itself anyway.

    • michael arazan

      The note 2 has a better display than the sg3, why was the note 2 not in there???