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Is pentile screen a deal-breaker? If not, why?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by davoid, May 5, 2012.

  1. davoid

    davoid Android Expert
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    Hi, I'm wondering what people think about the pentile display and if it has spoiled the phone for them.

    I myself, am not quite sure what I think. It has disappointed me, but I am happy to be convinced by people who believe that a pentile display is good enough.

    The thing that upset me is seeing the pics in this thread that explains the differences between the different display types:

    SLCD, SAMOLED, Pentile, RGB Does it matter? - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com

    The comparison pics of the chrome beta icons really shows a degradation in quality when both the One S and Galaxy Nexus displays are juxtaposed with that of the One X.

    Now, I realize that those images are magnified, but not by that much it seems to me. So I wonder what the difference is like in 'real life'. And this is one discussion I am keen to hear. I am thinking in particular of people who have used the Galaxy Nexus.

    Another point I'd like to throw into the discussion is whether the increase in screen size from the Nexus's 4.65" up to 4.8" will make the effect better or worse. Will bigger pixels or larger gaps between the pixels make the effect more or less pronounced?

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  2. Baldilocks

    Baldilocks Android Expert

    You aren't going to be able to tell at 302ppi. Unless you magnify the screen 302 times, that is. :)
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  3. JunBringer

    JunBringer Android Expert

    I have to agree with this. My Note has pentile and it's gorgeous.
  4. davoid

    davoid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    But if you magnify the screen 302 times, wouldn't each pixel be a one inch square? Those images on android central weren't magnified 302 times.
  5. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    At lower resolutions it's allot more noticable, at 1280*720 I don't consider it an issue at all, I've used the Galaxy Note and thought the screen was gorgeous.
  6. davoid

    davoid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So a couple of you guys have mentioned that the display on the Galaxy Note is 'gorgeous'. I guess this is something I will need to check out then. I saw the Note in CPW but didn't really pay attention because it was too huge. I will have a closer look at it's display next time.

    Is this then an indication that increased screen size or pixel density will have a bearing on the issue? The Note has a pixel density of 285 ppi as compared to the 316 ppi of the Nexus. Do people consider these displays different in quality, and if so which is better? Because the SGS3 is going to have a lower pixel density than the Nexus.
  7. xtop

    xtop Android Enthusiast

    you can easily see it on text if you hold it close enough. but at the 720p resolution, it's really not a deal breaker. some (most?) people can't even notice it
  8. jinwons

    jinwons Android Expert

    SGS3 has slightly bigger screen than Nexus, so ppi is about 306, just a tad lower. Practically that's wash between them and I don't think we can notice any difference in sharpness.

    At screen sharpness above 300, pentile pixel effect is non-issue. All this complain/concern on it is literally just that, complain.
  9. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert

    I love my Note's screen, no problem with the S3 having pentile (although I would have liked true stripe, naturally). I'm fairly certain it'll be worse than the One X screen, but I can live with that.
  10. Deleted User

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    Doesnt pentile give better battery life? If so, is it significant or just trivial? I think with pen, 2100mah, and S4, it should be very good.
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  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The S3 should have a higher dpi than the Note - by my calculation 306 dpi vs 285. So while I'd always say wait and see what it's like for real, I'd guess that anyone who is OK with the Note will be just fine with the S3.
  12. Skeeter125

    Skeeter125 Android Enthusiast

    I had a galaxy nexus and could not tell it was pentile. Yes if you magnify it 100 times then you will see it but when are you really going to do that while using the phone?
  13. ardyer

    ardyer Android Enthusiast

    I don't care about it. My captivate has pentile and I don't notice it. For me, the amoled screens have so much better color saturation than lcd displays that even if I did notice a little difference, I wouldn't care.
  14. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Android Expert

    Indeed, anyone OK with the Note's screen will be fine with the S3's screen. I'm not sure I can recall any Note owner being disappointed with the screen.
  15. dloulou

    dloulou Lurker

    On paper for me it's not a deal-breaker. It's an amoled screen and the ppi should be ok. But i still want the see it irl first.
  16. SeanPlunk

    SeanPlunk Member

    It's a deal breaker for me. I won't buy a pentile phone. It bothers me even when I use my buddies Nexus.
  17. matttye

    matttye Android Expert

    33% more efficient than an RGB screen as it has a third less subpixels.
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  18. Lorak

    Lorak Well-Known Member

    Witholding my opinion until I see it in person, and read more reviews. The people that saw it im London said it is improved over the nexus. Just have to how much its improved.

    Personaly its not deal breaker for me. I notice it on the nexus when I am reading a lot of text. But it doesn't bother me a whole lot.
  19. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Android Expert

    Which Nexus is it? My buddy has a Galaxy Nexus, and the Pentile screen on it is gorgeous. This high-def Pentile display thing is a total non-issue for me.
  20. mak916

    mak916 Android Expert

    I was wondering about this too. I have only owned HTC smartphones and I am about to possibly own my first Samsung phone. This was one thin that concerned me as well.
  21. davoid

    davoid Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Has anyone heard whether this display is the one with the phosphorescent green pixel that was speculated before the phones announcement?

    If it is, it's supposed to be far more electrically efficient than previous AMOLED screens when displaying full white.

    Or was this just one of the many pre-announcement rumours that proved to be wrong?
  22. julessandra

    julessandra Lurker

    4.8 HD
    Super AMOLED
    Seeing for real: 4.8 inches of hi-definition display,
    true, perfect color with ultrafast response time.

    this is on samsungs website so wots all this pentile screen stuff?
  23. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 release date was May 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.8" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad processor, and 2100mAh battery.

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