Apple iPhone 4 Retina Display vs. Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED

Engadget pitted the iPhone 4’s Retina Display against the Super AMOLED-toting Galaxy S. Here’s what Vlad Savov had to say regarding brightness:

The Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S remains pretty much a standard-setting screen, and yet it looked almost gray when sat next to Apple’s latest (with both handsets rocking a 100 percent brightness setting).

In the sun:

… it’s a pretty impossible task to differentiate between the output of the Retina Display and Super AMOLED, though if we have to choose, Samsung will get the nod.

This is, of course, subjective. But it is nonetheless interesting. In Super AMOLED Is Decent In The Sun the folks at Techblog compared the Super AMOLED-toting Galaxy S, the non-Super HTC Desire and a ho-hum LCD-featuring Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 in the sun. The result was that the regular LCD did a slightly better job in direct sunlight. Of course this is also a subjective opinion but if you watch the video the XPERIA X10 does indeed do a bit better job in the sun. If Savov’s opinion is right then that implies the Retina Display is worse than the XPERIA X10’s LCD in the sun. I find that hard to believe, but I could be wrong.

Pixel vs. pixel:

… the Retina Display really whoops on the Super AMOLED on the pixel level. Definition still looks ridiculous on the iPhone 4, and Samsung simply can’t match it there.

Keep in mind Savov thinks the color saturation on the PenTile Matrix-based Super AMOLED was “spot on”. From my experience smartphones using Samsung’s PenTile Matrix AMOLED panels tend not to be just a little over-saturated. Read Display Showdown Part Ib: Nexus One for the whole story:

The Nexus One has a much greater color gamut than the standard sRGB and results in over-saturated colors. It is commonly under­stood that a wider color gamut is generally better, but it is a mis­conception. Content is usually created with sRGB and until a wider color gamut becomes a standard, wide color gamut displays will exhibit poor color accuracy. Wider color gamut displays do not show any colors that are not in the original images and result in color distortion.

At the end poppin’ colors, not color accuracy, might be your cup of tea so each to his own.