Incredible screen in bright sunlight?General


Last Updated: 2012-02-11 00:14:50
  1. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member

    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?

    Thanks!

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  2. bigdroid

    bigdroid Well-Known Member

    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. :)
  3. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member

    Given I will be blamed by her for any and all perceived shortcomings as if I created them myself, I do need luck... ;)
  4. bigdroid

    bigdroid Well-Known Member

    I completely understand!
  5. Eshyn

    Eshyn Well-Known Member

    No worse than any other phone I've ever had.
  6. icedog

    icedog Member

    Who goes out into the daylight when you can be inside on the computer? ;)
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  7. jrbaker8

    jrbaker8 Active Member

    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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  8. TzuDohNihm

    TzuDohNihm Well-Known Member

    I was in some direct sunlight yesterday with mine and coming from an LG EnV2 the Incredible screen was 100% readable.
  9. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member


    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.
  10. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    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.

    Bill
  11. Vihzel

    Vihzel Destroying Balls Everyday VIP Member

    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.
  12. garment69

    garment69 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. kenyu73

    kenyu73 Well-Known Member

    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> (=
  14. BBnumber9

    BBnumber9 Well-Known Member


    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;)
  15. evilotto

    evilotto Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. QrafTee

    QrafTee Well-Known Member

    It is, but only when you're reflecting the screen off direct sunlight, otherwise it's viewable outside.
  17. foreWard

    foreWard Well-Known Member

    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....
  18. aw1974

    aw1974 Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    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.

    Bill
  20. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    My thought was in some type of holder while being used as a GPS unit or perhaps hands free phone.

    Bill
  21. DIncOholic

    DIncOholic Member

    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! :cool:

    As others said I wouldn't leave it in the car this way though, long term sun/heat exposure is probably not good...:eek:
  22. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    I actually thought about doing this. Know that I think it will work fine I plan on purchasing dash kit.

    It would only be there when driving.


    Bill
  23. Bill

    Bill Well-Known Member

    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.


    Bill
  24. zeolite

    zeolite New Member

    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.
  25. euph_22

    euph_22 Well-Known Member

    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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