Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 vs Xperia Z vs One vs Lumia 920 vs Galaxy S3: Which One Has Better Display?

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With the advent of 2013, the smartphone industry has taken a swirl as a plethora of advanced smartphones have come into existence. The tech world is witnessing ton of launches of which the flagship devices are gaining all the popularity with their amazing features and specifications.

Right from January, which is when the major tech show of the year - CES would take place, the tech world has a few highly anticipated smartphones including Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and finally, Samsung Galaxy S4. Further, in 2012, there were some amazing and innovative offerings such as Lumia 920 and iPhone 5.

When it comes to smartphones, the display play a very important role and is a major buying factor for many consumers. For this one reason, the companies have started coming up with full HD 1080p displays in the recent times in order make video playback, gaming and watching HD content comfortable. Hence, the recent flagship smartphones have started featuring eye-popping pixel densities of 440 ppi and above. Hence, consumers who are looking forward to buy a smartphone with wonderful display might be confused on which one to opt for, a full HD display or a HD 720p display device.

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If you are one of the confused lot, a recent PhoneArena report is here to help you solve your confusion. The folks over there have compared the displays of Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, HTC One, Xperia Z, Lumia 920 and Galaxy S3 in several constraints to judge which one has the best in class screen. Below are the different test results.

Brightness and Visibility

The LCS display in iPhone 5, One, Xperia Z and Lumia 920 seems to fare wek as it s slightly brighter than the Galaxy S4's Super AMOLED display. Galaxy S3 is still worser as it is dimmer than the S4. Low beightness leads to worse legibility in the outdoor conditions in AMOLED displays and hence, S4 is not suitable for outdoor usage as compared to the rivals.

Some can argue that low brightness is suitable for viewing in darker environments. However, the brightness can be altered as per the requirement and hence, any display can adjusted according to the circumstance. Above all, iPhone 5 seems to have the best display brightness at night.

Viewing angles

When it comes to viewing angles most of the smartphones compared here offer decent performance, but there are few exceptions. Of the six smartphones, Xperia Z seems to suffer from poor viewing angles. Then come the AMOLED screens in Samsung's Galaxy S3 and S4, which become bluish even in slight angle tilts. Even, the Lumia 920 LCD display is as bad as Xperia Z in viewing angles.

None can be compared to the LCD displays in iPhone 5 and One as they manage to display natural color balances at all angles.


As mentioned above, the smartphones coming up this year are all boasting high resolutions of 1080p and 440+ ppi pixel densities. The HTC One is the best with a 4.7 inch 1080p display and 468 ppi pixel density, followed by Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z with a 5 inch 1080p display and 441 ppi pixel density. The third position is occupied by Lumia 920 with a 4.7 inch 720p display and 332 ppi pixel density, fourth by iPhone 5 with 4 inch display of 1136 x 640 pixel resolution totaling to 326 ppi. After all these comes the best handset of 2012 - Galaxy S3 with a 4.8 inch display of 306 ppi pixel density, which is average.

Apparently, though the 300+ ppi displays are sharp, they can in no way compete with 400+ ppi behemoths as they are highly superior.

Color reproduction

In terms of color reproduction, iPhone 5 and HTC One have scored more with their advanced LCD displays that output realistic colors that are not only vibrant but also lively. Lumia 920 also with a LCD display is also good, but it is not as vibrant as the two smartphones mentioned above. Also, Xperia Z is good, but due to the poor viewing angles, it fails to be lively.

Having AMOLED displays, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 fail to represent realistic images. Anyways, being the successor of the two, Galaxy S4 has is better colorwise and S3 is bluish. Nevertheless, Samsung has to do more improvement in trying to bring out the true colors.


Though LCD technology was thought to be poor, the innovation has made a few companies to come up with amazing displays as the ones in iPhone 5 and One that have surpassed their rivals in almost all segments including image quality, sharpness, color reproduction and brightness.

Samsung is making improvement with every major release, but from the comparison made above, it is clear that the company needs to do more innovation to make their models overtake the rest. 

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