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  1. serpa4

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    I went and played with the T-Mobile version today and compared to my Droid X. Wow, there is a significant brightness difference between the two displays. I couldn't take the demo outside, but even indoors I had to have it on full brightness. I'll have to play with it for 13 days and decide weather or not to keep it.
    How disappointing. I thought the screen was going to be one of its best features and turns out to be one of the worst, in terms of brightness. I don't care about it being Pentile.
     

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    The Super AMOLED just doesn't get as bright as an LCD style screen I believe. Before this I was using an HTC Sensation 4G my HTC screen can definitely go brighter but the S3 screen definitely provides a better picture. Trade offs I suppose.
     
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    I find it great its far brighter than my old phone's SE X10i and HTC Desire Bravo, its also brighter than my partners iPhone 4s set on high.

    The only time I find it dimmer than it should is when there's dark colours on the screen this is mainly due to how super AMLED's work cos they actually turn pixels off when its black colours and dime right down for other dark colours so this in tale dims the whole screen as there's less pixels lite.

    Out side its fine not amazing but far better than anything I have had or seen in the past
     
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    I find it strange that I am able to use my phone outside in the bright California sun (with sunglasses on). I leave my screen on full brightness all the time and don't have any issues. Maybe my eyes are more sensitive to light differentiation? Some people do have issues seeing these screens in sunlight though.

    And just for comparisons sake, I turned both my old iPhone 4 and my iPad2 up to full brightness inside and next to my S3. While the iPad will scorch your retina's, I found the iphone and S3 to be about the same brightness.
     
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    Humm, definitely not on the one S3 I tried. Mine is still on order with VZW. I'll be giving it a try for sure. I hope it was something funny with the store one.
     
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    Have my phone on about 25% brightness and it's still visible outside.
     
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    Was Auto Brightness enabled? It can be too dim at times (lots of complaints). I've disabled it and manually manage brightness with a widget and I think it's bright enough.

    Dave
     
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    I find the display not as bright as the iphone either. Also, the colour white is not showing as pure bright white colour on this phone. it's kind of dimed and yellowish. Is there any setting to fix that?
     
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    Totally agree with that - whites are not as white and screen brightness not as vivid as on the s2 I had
     
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    Uggh. This is what I have been fearing. I still have yet to see the phone up close and in person, but it looks like those who have it are confirming my worst fears. Particularly because I favor bright whites to deep blacks.
     
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    Anyone seen a picture of a Super LCD2 vs. the GS3 in black? One reason I don't care for LCD is because I use my DX as an alarm clock on the night stand. Full dim and the DX lights the room. I know I wont have that with AMOLED. Is the SuperLCD2 really black?
     
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    After toying with both a one x and a sgs3 I actually liked the sgs3 more. I went in being anti led since I hated the nexus screen. I am a big fan of the iPhone screen, and the rezound both being lcds. The sgs3 seems about as bright as my iPhone 4s. Since the colors are vibrant , I think any more brightness and you will have eye burn. I normally am a fan of more realistic colors but the sgs3 looks amazing.

    I remember reading some reviews where the reviewers favored the sgs3 screen over the one x. I was highly skeptical of their opinions from then on. How could a Pentile led be better than a LCD? In real life I have to say the sgs3 looks the best. Granted up close you do see the grit like effect of the pentile but at any distance above 4 inches from the screen the sgs3 is the best experience.

    Summary: dim? No way....
     
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    It's dimmer than my Droid X for sure. Too dim? Won't know until I get mine and try using it outside.
     
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    Should look a tad blueish, not yellowish. Just like some HID headlights. Believe it has to do with the RGBG vs RGB subpixels betweein pentile and ips/lcd?
     
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    The blue tint is an inherent trait of any AMOLED, whether it's Super (pentile) or Super Plus (non-pentile). Not having owned an AMOLED phone before because I was turned off by just this blue tint issue, I haven't looked into this too deeply but I think some devs might have developed solutions to change the color balance on AMOLED screens. I'll be looing into that for sure when I get my phone.
     
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    Tell us more about the widget. On my Epic, you could change the brightness to three different settings by barely pulling down the notification bar. That doesn't seem to work on the SGS3 and I miss that.
     
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    "Brightness Level" from CurveFish in the App Market. Let's you select 0-100% in 25% increments or Automatic. Works great.

    Dave
     
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    Excellent. Thanks.
     
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    Thanks. Works great for sure.
     
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    its related to color temperature. just like stars higher then temperature it has blueish tint, while lower yellowish tint. so LCD has yellowish tint issue also.
    main pro of high color temperature is it raises readability where amoled lacked in first place due to low PPI and pentile matrix, so first generation of amoled had highest color temperature than current samoled HD.

    about low luminance compare to LCD..
    amoled have much higher contrast.. higher contrast ratio tricks human eyes to think white's brighter.
    on the other hand LCD cant block backlight completely so their black's not real black. that means luminance of white is higher but also it raised luminance of black as well.

    heres example of evo4G and SGSII.
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    The upper picture is horrible, IMHO.
     
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    I played with the phone in a Sprint store today. The wait for my Verizon version is just awful. Anyway, I did think the screen was rather dim when browsing. This was with brightness cranked on both the browser and phone itself. However, I didn't think it detracted from that big beautiful screen.

    If I had one concern it would be the over-saturated colors when combined with the dimness of the screen. Pictures on facebook appeared almost unnatural and dark. Also, pictures I took in the store did not match up to what I was seeing with my eyes. They seemed too vivid on screen. However, when I viewed the pics on my computer (emailed them to myself) they looked natural. So, the camera takes excellent pics that show natural hues, but the screen itself doesn't display them that way. Not a huge deal, but could mess with you if you are a person who uses the camera a lot.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to tone down the effects of the Amoled display? Or is it simply how its designed to be?
     
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    would be nice bump up the AUTO level setting. looks like it's floating around 30%.

    i'd like to bump it to like 60% then adjust as needed...
     
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    No issues here. I'm having to wear my sunglasses at night :p b/c this screen is crazy bright.
     

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