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Screen tint on newer vs older Captivate

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by roltzje, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. roltzje

    roltzje Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hey guys well I just received a replacement Captivate from amazon, and because of their return policy I have some time to compare the replacement to my original one. I havent checked when they were made yet, but I know that the batteries are dated 6/27 and 7/13. Anyway, the first thing I noticed was that the 2 have completely different screens. The original has the bluish tint, while it doesnt appear nearly as blue, and seemingly much more neutral, on the replacement. Also, it seems like the replacement's screen is brighter. I dont know if its because of the tint or age, etc. But thats how it looks.

    I'll post more on any differences I find, but I dont have the time right now to confirm results for those yet. However I think I found some differences in camera and GPS so far.

    Heres a picture, the replacement is on the left: [​IMG]

  2. plummy

    plummy Newbie

    it didn't dawn on me until you posted this, but my second phone doesn't have that blue tint to it that the first one had too.
  3. rlb4

    rlb4 Android Enthusiast

    I noticed the same thing. I got 2 phones about 2 weeks ago and both had a blueish tint, one was much worse than the other. I exchanged the one with the worse blue tint(for a different reason) and the replacement was a much warmer more natural white, just like in your picture. The blueish screen appears grayish and not as bright even though the brightness settings are exactly the same. My eyes much prefer the warmer more natural white as blueish tint tends to bother me when reading text. I am thinking of returning the blueish tint one and asking to look at the screen of the replacement to make sure it is good.
  4. myrv

    myrv Member

    Just an update, I returned my phone today and exchanged it for a new Captivate. The screen on my new phone is noticeably less blue. This is such a change that I wonder if they either did something to the screens or if they redid their calibrations for the screens.
  5. ThrowingKnife

    ThrowingKnife Newbie

    OMG same here. I returned my Captivate today and it has a battery date of 7/20. I have to admit, the more white screen looks alot better but you cant really tell on the pc screen. But it looks alot more natural.
  6. BigCiX

    BigCiX Android Expert

    7/12/2010 and i don't see no blue screen.
  7. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    The new less-blue screen uses a lot less battery, too.
  8. DaddyWhale

    DaddyWhale Newbie

    I've noticed the same thing. My first was built on July 5 and the replacement on July 23. The replacement has a noticeably warmer spectrum. The one positive thing I can say about the older phone with the bluer tint is that when turned off the screen had this very distinctive, and pleasant, reflective blue sheen to it. The replacement has it too, but not to the same extent.

  9. myrv

    myrv Member

    As an update, the battery date on my new phone is 7/12/2010 as well. Doesn't seem like they took long to fix whatever it was.
  10. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    Only the initial shipment had the deep blue tint and horrible battery-sucking 100% always-on screen.
  11. Croak

    Croak Member

    Actually, my Captivate, bought on launch day, had far less blue push, and was a good deal brighter at min or max or auto, at least compared to my first and second Bell Vibrants side by side.

    I think there's just some QC variability for the panels in general. BTW, my Captivate was a 6/30 build, my current Vibrant a 7/22, and the one I returned was a 7/05, if memory serves.
  12. rlb4

    rlb4 Android Enthusiast

    Is that just your opinion or do you have some inside info?
  13. JDM9499

    JDM9499 Member

    Yeah, I'd like to know as well, if you have anything to back that allegation up. Curious...

    I bought my on launch day, and the battery is great and the screen is an extremely light hue of blue, but nothing compared to my colleagues screens.
  14. rlb4

    rlb4 Android Enthusiast

    I just exchanged my other Captivate today and the replacement(from the same store as my other replacement) does not have the blueish tint. So maybe the earlier ones do have a higher incidence of blueish tint. Every display model I have seen has also had the blue tint.
  15. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    Inside info is that nearly all the phones that were returned because of horrible battery life issue where the Display was the max % usage even when the phone wasn't really used, have the really deep blue tint to them.

    The rumour is, and this is NOT confirmed, that the deep blue ones are sucking battery like no tomorrow because the backlight turns off but the display circuitry does not. I can't find it but there's a pic somewhere of a phone with the display "off" where they shine a led flashlight on it and you can see the pixels are still being displayed.
  16. rlb4

    rlb4 Android Enthusiast

    I'm glad I exchanged mine then.
  17. shark974

    shark974 Well-Known Member

    What do you mean "horrible battery life issues"?

    I dont know, mine seems to run out of battery faster than I'd like, yet I've never had a smartphone before to compare against, so i dont know what's "normal".

    My brother who does have prior smartphone experience, said these phones simply require charging ever night and thats that. So I thought it was ok. But like I said, now I'm just worried, is my battery life defective or not?

    And what do you mean "display was the max % usage even when not being used". How do I go about finding out if my "display is 100% max usage even when not being used"? Please be more specific. Is there something I can look at to tell me?

    Also, I was under the impression the reason for the blue tint was because blue pixels wear out faster on AMOLED displays, therefore "weighting" the screen to blue initially will cause the blue levels to level out more in line with the rest of the display over time.

    Also it'd be really nice if you could find that picture you reference of the flash lite showing the pixels.

    Worse I'm outside my 30 days, so I might have to go through samsung warranty to replace. And I would hate having to be like "well, I think the battery life is kind of bad, but I'm not sure" to try to explain whats wrong with it, doubt theyd even accept that as a reason for return.
  18. Eazail70x7

    Eazail70x7 Android Expert

    When I played with a Vibrant the other day at T-mobile, I didn't notice any kind of blueish tents on it. It got very bright (when brightness was at 100) and dark (with brightness at 0) in and outside the browser.

    Hopefully all the rest of the Galaxy S phones will not suffer any screen issues
  19. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    Charge your phone to 100%. Pull it off the charger and open the browser or something, exit back to the main menu. Let it sit there for 8 hours without picking it up (make sure the display is off). At the end of 4 hours look at the battery status. Is the display the highest % used? Do you have less than 50% battery? Then your phone is defective.

    If these circumstances do not apply to you then your phone is fine!
  20. Rhiannon224

    Rhiannon224 Well-Known Member

    Where are you guys finding the build date?
  21. shark974

    shark974 Well-Known Member

    Cool thanks! But did you mean check it after 8 hours or 4 hours? I guess it doesn't matter the principal is the same.

    But I also dont see, why open the browser? To have something that should use the most power on the list, ahead of display, I suppose?

    Whew, I'm glad I can find out if I have this problem now, rather than just worrying about it. Will do this test in a couple days when I'm off work.

    My phone I think has a pretty heavy blue tint btw, but I can live with that easily.
  22. pinbak

    pinbak Well-Known Member

    Mine has a blueish tint when in sunlight or bright light but not when it's powered on, I did the charge it power it on and let it sit, checked it and display is like way down...cell standby and phone idle is the highest. I got mine the day it came out too, lucky me!! :D
  23. Raq

    Raq Newbie

    This is the first I've heard of this problem! I just looked at my phone and it does have a deep blue color on the screen when the display is off. And I've noticed from day 1 that the display generally uses 40% or more of the battery, even though the screen is off most of the time.

    So should I be contacting Samsung about this? I believe I'm past my 30 days already.
  24. rlb4

    rlb4 Android Enthusiast

    You should do this test. My 2 phones used about 3-4% with this test after 6 hours.

  25. baddress

    baddress Well-Known Member

    I meant 4 hours. The point is you do something that uses the display but doesn't use any background data, but then quit back to the home screen and let the display time out and turn off. If your phone is defective then after a long time when you check the status it will show Display being the highest thing on the list, even though you didn't even use it, and this is because it never really turned off like it was supposed to.

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The Samsung Captivate release date was July 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.0" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Hummingbird processor, and 1500mAh battery.

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