Visibility in Direct Sunlight


Is the Captivate's SAMOLED usable outdoors in direct sunlight?

  1. Yes, I don't have any issues using it outdoors.

    30 vote(s)
    71.4%
  2. No, I can't see a thing. It's useless until I get inside.

    3 vote(s)
    7.1%
  3. I can use it outdoors only if I cup my hand over it or get in the shade.

    9 vote(s)
    21.4%

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  1. Loremonger

    Loremonger Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    As I recall, every review for the Captivate dings it for being hard to see the screen in direct sunlight. But is it just me, or is it not that bad? I've been using mine outdoors for running. That includes controlling the media player, switching to email to link to the map my running team emailed to us, and then referencing the map when so I knew where to turn. I'm not reading War and Peace with the reflection of the sun glaring off the screen, but all in all, I've found it pretty easy to use outdoors.

    What are your thoughts on real world outdoor SAMOLED usability?
     

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  2. CM_Audelio

    CM_Audelio Member

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    its no problem, i work outside so its alright
     
  3. BigCiX

    BigCiX Well-Known Member

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    Hard to see. Sometimes I gotta create shade by putting my hand over the screen.
     
  4. Muirne

    Muirne Active Member

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    I find it hard to see the screen in real bright sunny light but then again I don't get to spend much time outdoors when it's sunny, so it doesn't impact me a whole lot.
     
  5. tytdfn

    tytdfn Member

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    Well the SAMOLED i can see with no problem. Its the dam glass that reflects everything else. Turning the brightness up to 50 or 100 solves this problem(The screen is ridiculously bright). If you buy the right screen protector you will have better results.
     
  6. CaCHooKa Man

    CaCHooKa Man Well-Known Member

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    i need to set the screen brightness to 100% to be able to see it outside and its still a little hard to see unless i hold the phone at the right angle. summer in socal ftw!
     
  7. St_G

    St_G Active Member

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    It's usable outside on a bright day, but only just. Not enjoyable. But neither is any other screen -- save the Kindle -- that I've tried under similar circumstances.
     
  8. Vee

    Vee Well-Known Member

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    If I put it up to 100% it's fine for me out in the direct sun.
     
  9. pjs2004

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    I never have a problem outdoors. I take it out on bright sunny days when I play golf twice a week, and when I use it, I never put it up past 50% brightness. I turned it up to full brightness once and it was too bright. I've never had to cup my hand over it. Maybe if you put it at just the right (or wrong) angle it's a problem, but that's really nit-picking.
     
  10. tcv

    tcv Well-Known Member

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    It a thousand times better than other phones but still not ideal in sunlight.
     

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