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Old April 29th, 2010, 12:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking about this phone for my wife...but she's read some iffy comments on amoled screens being hard to read in bright sunlight.

How has it been for you? Difficult to use outside or not?

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I'm thinking about this phone for my wife...but she's read some iffy comments on amoled screens being hard to read in bright sunlight.

How has it been for you? Difficult to use outside or not?

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That is true the screen is difficult to see in the sunlight. I had the Moto Droid and could adjust the brightness on it when I went outside, but really this is not that big of a deal for me. The phone is amazing and I don't see myself changing because of the screen visibility in bright sunlight. Good luck on your decision.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That is true the screen is difficult to see in the sunlight. I had the Moto Droid and could adjust the brightness on it when I went outside, but really this is not that big of a deal for me. The phone is amazing and I don't see myself changing because of the screen visibility in bright sunlight. Good luck on your decision.
Given I will be blamed by her for any and all perceived shortcomings as if I created them myself, I do need luck...
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Old April 29th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Given I will be blamed by her for any and all perceived shortcomings as if I created them myself, I do need luck...
I completely understand!
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Old April 29th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No worse than any other phone I've ever had.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Who goes out into the daylight when you can be inside on the computer?
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yeah i had the same problem with my zune hd, but the cool thing about sunlight is its ability to create shadows. the cool thing about people is they cast shadows when theyre in the sunlight. most people figure out fairly quickly that if you stand with your back to the sun, you can cast your shadow onto the phone, thus eliminating the problem of not being able to read the screen in direct sunlight. its a non-issue for most people. the only ones who usually count this point as a negative are iphone users who find any excuse to bash any gadget that does not have an apple on it.
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I was in some direct sunlight yesterday with mine and coming from an LG EnV2 the Incredible screen was 100% readable.
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Old April 29th, 2010, 08:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah i had the same problem with my zune hd, but the cool thing about sunlight is its ability to create shadows. the cool thing about people is they cast shadows when theyre in the sunlight. most people figure out fairly quickly that if you stand with your back to the sun, you can cast your shadow onto the phone, thus eliminating the problem of not being able to read the screen in direct sunlight. its a non-issue for most people. the only ones who usually count this point as a negative are iphone users who find any excuse to bash any gadget that does not have an apple on it.

Good points and I agree but it is difficult to cast a shadow on your phone when it is on the dash of your car.

This is my number one concern with the phone. No phone can be perfect right?

I get mine today and will give some feedback when I have some experience with the phone.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 12:13 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just tested this. Using the phone with brightness all the way up and in direct sunlight and at arms length the phone is completely useable. No of course it is not ideal conditions but I could read a web page if absolutly needed and definitely make or receive calls.

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I'm having a fine time reading the Incredible in broad daylight. Now if you directly have the sun on the screen, obviously it wont be legible. Just block the sun with your own body and you'll be fine.
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I dont get these reviews that claim the phone is un usable outside in direct sunlight. I see very little difference between the Inc and any other smartphone I have used. The sun will wash the screen out but it is still readable.
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I went outside and put the Incredible in direct sunlight and now I'm seeing spots when I blink. The screen makes an awesome sun mirror.... <ouch> (=
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Old April 30th, 2010, 12:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Good points and I agree but it is difficult to cast a shadow on your phone when it is on the dash of your car.

I have seen many products ruined, and even melted while sitting in the dash of a car, I would not recommend doing that to a phone that is worth over $500
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agreed, went out yesterday in direct sunlight and it was just as easy to read as my blackjack 2. as far as reading the phone on the dash of your car? I don't completely understand, you mean laying flat on the dash of your car? if so how are you trying to read it? through the windshield? if you mean in a phone holder (for example a window mount) it shouldn't have direct sunlight on it unless, of course, you are driving a convertible...then I'm not sure.
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I'm thinking about this phone for my wife...but she's read some iffy comments on amoled screens being hard to read in bright sunlight.

How has it been for you? Difficult to use outside or not?

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It is, but only when you're reflecting the screen off direct sunlight, otherwise it's viewable outside.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #17 (permalink)
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mine is just like any other phone in direct sunlight, you do see the touch sensor dots, but you can still see whats on the screen....
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I was just outside at lunch and not a cloud in the sky. The screen was very easy to see in the sun. I had no problems reading this thread outside. My old EnvTouch would've been completely washed out and useless in this bright sun.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I have seen many products ruined, and even melted while sitting in the dash of a car, I would not recommend doing that to a phone that is worth over $500
I see what you are saying but these products with there GPS capabilities are being made to be put on the dash. At least while driving, perhaps not left there 24/7.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:14 PM   #20 (permalink)
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agreed, went out yesterday in direct sunlight and it was just as easy to read as my blackjack 2. as far as reading the phone on the dash of your car? I don't completely understand, you mean laying flat on the dash of your car? if so how are you trying to read it? through the windshield? if you mean in a phone holder (for example a window mount) it shouldn't have direct sunlight on it unless, of course, you are driving a convertible...then I'm not sure.
My thought was in some type of holder while being used as a GPS unit or perhaps hands free phone.

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Good points and I agree but it is difficult to cast a shadow on your phone when it is on the dash of your car.

This is my number one concern with the phone. No phone can be perfect right?

I get mine today and will give some feedback when I have some experience with the phone.
make a visor for you phone kinda like a visor you put on your head... Shadow will be cast over the phone to increase visibility, and the problem is solved!

As others said I wouldn't leave it in the car this way though, long term sun/heat exposure is probably not good...
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make a visor for you phone kinda like a visor you put on your head... Shadow will be cast over the phone to increase visibility, and the problem is solved!
I actually thought about doing this. Know that I think it will work fine I plan on purchasing dash kit.

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As others said I wouldn't leave it in the car this way though, long term sun/heat exposure is probably not good...
It would only be there when driving.


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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Just FYI, I just grabbed a co-workers iPhone 3gs and while it was a little bit cloudy it was still pretty sunny out and the iPhone did just slightly better. Nothing to be concerned with by any means.


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My Android 7" Tablet PC's screen completely disappears when I go outdoors, whether bright sun or not. It is beautiful inside under no lights or dim lights at the right angle. My Blackberry is visible outside, so there must be a different backlight method that Android should tap into.
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My Android 7" Tablet PC's screen completely disappears when I go outdoors, whether bright sun or not. It is beautiful inside under no lights or dim lights at the right angle. My Blackberry is visible outside, so there must be a different backlight method that Android should tap into.
Why do you think the operating system dictates how the screen works physically?

Also, why are you resurrecting a thread from almost 2 years ago, to talk about some unnamed tablet and your blackberry in a thread about the screen on the Droid incredible (which has been off the market for a year).
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