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N1 AMOLED v Apples Retina Display

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  1. kaotix

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    This thread is turning into a war!

    Anyways, I have the iPhone 4 (delivered this morning) and own the N1. I haven't even opened the iPhone 4 yet but will be this evening when I'm home. I'd be more than happy to post comparison images of certain pages, images etc from both devices in both low light, day light and sun light (where possible - damn english weather)

    I moved to android this year with my N1 and i've so far been blown away by the ease of customization and general support for developers from Google themselves.
    Apple on the other hand, seem very money orientated and don't really favour giving much help to developers as much as it would seem with Google.

    Now I'm not being biased as I've always like the iPhone and only swapped because I have no use for 2 phones.
    I still think that the N1's screen is simply THE worst I've ever seen in sunlight or any kind of excessive light. When in the car, I have it on my proclip and if I have a light coloured shirt/t-shirt on, it is literally impossible to see my N1 screen. It turns into a mirror. It's as if the actual bed where the pixels sit is made from silver (or something reflective) and all it does is literally that, mirrors everything.

    I feel the screen is too under powered to be able to even cope with having the brightness up and shining through the mirroring effect.

    I'll wait and see what the iPhone 4 screen is like and hopefully drop back in to show some pictures today or tomorrow.
     

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    Confucius says "An open hand welcomes you, a closed hand punches you in the nose."

    Actually, I think Confucius said "in the nuts" but I thought I'd clean it up a little.

    By far NOT the worst. A couple of years ago LG was flirting with actually mirroring the surface of the screen, like the LG Shine ... I had one and it was a mirror. Cool in normal light, but in daylight ... well my retinas still have some burned receptors from trying to see who was calling. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying the N1 is a great screen in daylight. In fact, I've never seen a good screen in direct sun, except maybe my Nokia from 1998 (monochrome LCD). However, I don't seem to have the problems in daylight you seem to find intolerable. Of course, If I am out in direct sun, I set the screen brightness to a power-sucking maximum (which I am still not sure why the auto brightness doesn't do, if it can sense the brightness of my environment). I can read it fine if i look over my polarizing sunglasses. In the car cradle, never had an issue.

    Seeing as how my phone gets used in the direct sun less than 1% of the time, screen brightness is not a deal breaker for me.
     
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    Uh, it's a problem common to all AMOLED screens. You know that, right?
     
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    This thread is to discuss the difference between the N1's AMOLED or the Apple's Retina LCD Display. What you think and what you like or hate about each screen. Please keep the conversation on topic. I will not tolerate any more fan this or fan that bashing.

    Thank you,
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    I am fully aware of that, that's the whole point in this entire thread.
    I also knew this before I purchased the N1 and in my opinion, it's the only flaw. Apart from in direct sunlight, I also find the N1 screen to be the best in terms of how vibrant it is, how clear it is and how well it performs.
    It's such a shame that it suffers in such a way. Maybe it could be a night time only phone :p
     
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    in the end the retina display is still just an LCD so it will have LCD's biggest flaws.
    1. Poor black levels in low light
    2. Poor off axis viewing angles in low light
    turn the lights off and you get that washed out LCD look.

    AMOLED solves these flaws and you get inky blacks and screen fidelity when viewing the screen off axis.
     
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    Even with its screen, I disagree with the review that states that the iPhone 4 is ahead of all smartphones. Aside from its screen and case construction, I think the iPhone 4 is more catch-up to the current breed of smartphones than it is raising the bar. Apple is going to have a hard time keeping interest by simply adding a feature or two here to their subsequent releases at the rate we're moving with cell phone technology.
     
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    We all win with a lot of great phone to choose from period.:p
     
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    Ok...

    If you want to go for the iphone 4 be my guest.. My one of my classmates let me see his iphone 4 yesterday.

    While we were inside so I didn't get to see it in light and I have never seen a nexus one screen..

    I will say this.. I thought it was nice.. But, as soon as I saw the grid locked icons row by row.. I really lost any desire to play around or mess with it.

    The screen did not overwhelmingly impress me. I am not saying it was bad.. but, reality check, it is a screen.

    And, I garuntee you I have NEVER had a good phone that I could easily see in full blown sunlight (I live in louisiana) the iPhone is just gunna be more of the same here.

    With that said.. I love the more industrial design.. but, the OS still makes me sick.

    *Edit* and while I can't compare the iphone 4 to n1 in terms of screen... I present to you this fact...
    I can say the iphone's was nice.. the backgrounds even appeared to have texture.. you could see the rocks texture or w/e else.. but, again lets be real... its a phone, there will always be upgrades.. if your only prerequisite for hoping over to iphone 4 is a better screen.. That is your decision. However, I must admit I wonder what other standards you have in life...
     
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