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iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Display Shootout [Chart]

iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Display Shootout [Chart]

Posted September 25, 2012 at 5:21am by iClarified · 39154 views
DisplayMate has released its report on the iPhone 5 display declaring it the 'best smartphone display we have seen to date'.

Their tests found the reflections on the iPhone 4 were 52% higher than those on the iPhone 5. The contrast rating on the iPhone 5 is 57% higher than the iPhone 4. Additionally, the color quality and color accuracy are substantially improved on the new device.

Based on our extensive Lab measurements the iPhone 5 has a true state-of-the-art accurate display – it's not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvements (and competitors) but it is the best Smartphone display we have seen to date based on extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests. In particular it is a significant improvement over the display in the iPhone 4 with much lower screen Reflections, much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting (the highest we have ever measured), and a significantly improved and accurate Color Gamut and Factory Calibration that delivers very accurate colors and very good picture quality. While it's not quite as accurate as the new iPad, it is still probably more accurate than any consumer display you own (including your HDTV), unless you have a new iPad.

Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S III was found to have about half the brightness of the iPhone 5 due to its OLED display. Also, the Color Gamut is much larger than the Standard Color Gamut leading to distorted and exaggerated colors, and it is lopsided with green being more saturated than Red or Blue leading to a Green caste in many images.

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iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3: Display Shootout [Chart]
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sharpknife - December 23, 2012 at 4:39pm
The galaxy's is the best phone I ever bouhght and nobody can say it is lie. and I m visited in each site and it said that almost in every way the galaxy's 3 is better than iphone
Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor Lighting - September 29, 2012 at 8:51am
The Galaxy S3 is fantastic. I am just loving the experience of using it from the day i bought it. Same is true for as well, I redecorated my house using illuminaries from here and anyone sees it is quite impressed by the functionality. Your friends are going to envy you, just because this phone is so amazing!
Jag - September 27, 2012 at 5:08pm
iPhone kicks ass...
molanjames - October 16, 2012 at 2:11pm
I have them both i5 and S3 to test them out and compare them, and I must say Samsung is better for its larger screen and its quad core.Before choosing between them I must say check their current value at
Just Wondering...
Just Wondering... - September 26, 2012 at 12:27am
What Android plataform was used?
H - September 25, 2012 at 10:46pm
this is just a screen comparasion , why not a processor or bench test on both ?
JCC - September 26, 2012 at 4:40pm
Here is the benchmark of both. Thing is the iPhone's DualCore is as fast as Samsung's QuadCore.... so...
SourApple - September 25, 2012 at 4:08pm
Apple vs. Samsung, so predictable! Samsung's future success depends solely on the progress of Google Android. Samsung can increase the screen size to 5" to make it a little more saleable, or use the extra real estate to squeeze in a few extra cores on the die to make it little faster. At the end of the day, if you don't have your own innovating technology, your phone would just be classified as another gray-boxed droid. Microsoft would just pick at you one peck at a time. I would love to see how things settle at the end of the year when 2 more major players jump in. Maybe the Apple haters will switch from Samsung to "the others". Still, Android is NOT an innovative OS.
dave - September 25, 2012 at 3:14pm
brainwashed crapple fans
Sabtain - September 25, 2012 at 2:12pm
Lol the iPhone 5 has a lot of good things
Lyesmith - September 25, 2012 at 12:16pm
The S3 is a 4 month old phone. Yeah its nothing but we are talking about products with generation span less than 12month. Compare it to the LG Optimus G display. That one trashes the IPhone 5 display. Or the Lumina 920 for that matter.
Just Me
Just Me - September 25, 2012 at 2:57pm
The S3 is a 4 month old phone that has a display that is rated lower than a 12 month old phone (4S). By your logic, shouldn't it have had the best screen 4 months ago when it was the latest and greatest? The LG or Lumina are 1 trick ponies. They are far from the complete package that the iPhone 5 is.
iFanboy - September 25, 2012 at 10:21am
Oh dear... I think this has got to be about the 6th review I've seen the 5 nail the S3, be bench test after bench test, drop & hammer test, you name it... And the biggest bitch from iPhone owners.... It's too light! What happened to the samshite lovers? Wait a bit for the new S4... It's gonna have a bigger screen to hide behind. ;-)
Jroshan5 - September 25, 2012 at 10:08am
If you need think iPhone 5 has a better better display try comparing it with a sony Xperia s, which will blow the s3 display. It only doesn't better viewing angles but I don't try to look into my phone from a far angle
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