Display shootout: Xperia S versus the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note

by XB on 30/01/2012

in Featured Content, Xperia S


High resolution displays in Android phones are likely to be common place in 2012. The Xperia S will launch with a 720 x 1280 pixel 4.3-inch TFT RGB display, giving it a PPI of 342 (higher than the retina display of the iPhone 4/4S). However, if you’re wondering how it fares compared to Samsung’s HD monsters, the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note then read on.

The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65-inch (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED Pentile display, whilst the Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch (800 x 1280) Super AMOLED Pentile display. The obvious advantages of the AMOLED display is the amazing contrast levels, which can be seen in the comparison pictures below. Quite frankly, the Xperia S doesn’t come close in terms of contrast. The Samsung handsets also appear to have the edge when it comes to viewing angles. The Xperia S has a more natural colour compared to the Samsung models, which tends towards blue-ish tones to our eyes.

It’s worth noting that the pictures don’t compare how nicely text should be rendered on the Xperia S given that it has a RBG display with higher pixel density. Have a look at the gallery below and let us know which takes your fancy. You should be able to tell which phones are which, but the Xperia S sits in the middle of the pictures with the Galaxy Nexus mostly on the left and huge Galaxy Note on the right side.

Via ePrice.

  • bogar

    dissapointed again, wieving angles are again like SE Arc ,almoust 0…

  • cocky

    I like it, possibly minor who not want th feature of extremely-wide viewing angle in mobile screen.
    btw, Galaxy note using Super AMOLED Plus same as Galaxy S2 which is RGB.

  • Tarekali

    hmmm…yeah the xperia s screen still doesn’t do it for me still. It’s good on paper but still not on par with other screens yet, samsung is strong in screens with their AMOLED screen

  • Blomkungen

    Wrong, it’s super amoled hd and pentile.

  • Tarekali

    the galaxy note’s colours really stand out and looks more natural, can’t sony just use samsung’s screen? I know they shouldn’t but the AMOLED screens looks really good, even on thier TV’s

  • anonym

    xperia s have natural color but have poor viewing angel 

  • Bazooka!!

    ” Don’t judge a phone from it’s screen ”

    I won’t buy a phone just cuz it has a super good screen.

    Take a look inside and you’ll see what differ  ;P

  • Ramy Ayash

    Was the Mobile Bravia Engine on during this test?

  • Anonymous

    how is the note’s colours more natural? if you look at the photo of the paiting, the note and the galaxy nexus shows so much red that the details in the photo is drowned out, she S is giving a more “real” rendering of the motif. Same thing with the flower. 

  • Somebody

    These are just pictures… the galaxy has a pentile matrix screen, so i’m sure u will find the Bravia screen alot sharper and cleaner (not even mentioning the pixels per inch ratio) in real life. Maybe the Samsung looks better on pictures because it has better viewing angles (when i use my phone i don’t look at it from the side, that’s just stupid and useless and they shouldn’t even test such a thing in my opinion), and better contrast (by better contrast i mean over-saturated shit, that looks good on PICTURES but NOT in REAL LIFE)

    Just have a closer look at the first picture. You can clearly see that on the Bravia screen there is much more detail on the right hand side (the the black area near the lamp), plus its colors are more natural and realistic. 

    Put a picture on your phone, then make a photo of your phone. Then edit the picture (put contrast to higher level) and put it on your phone, and once again, make a photo of it. Compare the two shots. Congratulations, you have made Samsung’s cheap trick yourself…….

  • bogar

    One of the moust important things in a multimedia phone these days is the screen, and when you have to show some pictures or videos to your friends,  or you not will be able to see what is on the screen or your friend,and that is embarrasing and frustrating in the same time,the same what is happening whit my Arc,telling who has all the top Sony Ericsson phones from the last 8 years,ex.SE Satio has mush better viewing angles then Arc,they should keep the good properties and upgrade in time, not downgrade..

  • Coder

    Sony just announced a Cyber Shot with an OLED touch screen… Why don’t they use this technology on their phones?!

  • SuperAMOLEDsuckzzz

    Delusional fool, how is over saturated colors natural? LoL Nevermind dont even answer that, u already proven yourself an idiot.

  • rigelt

    At the moment the required volume might not be available yet. I recall how the first few HTC Desires all got Amoled displays until they were not widely available to HTC anymore (or whatever secret reason). Seen both, used both – personally the topic appears over weighted to me. A good mobile LCD is just fine too, yes they feature less contrast but one only notices so, when an amoled screen at hand and showing the same content. How often does that happen in real life? zero point zero times.

  • Homerjay

    I prefer gnexus! the next tv color’s tecnology is amoled! perfect black and big visual angle and perfect alive colors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evcjackson Edward V.C. Jackson

    On the contrary, the screen is a very large factor in my buying decision. I upgraded to the Xperia arc from a HTC Desire because of the LCD screen’s excellent daylight legibility, which I’ve yet to see matched by an AMOLED panel from any manufacturer.

    No point owning a mobile phone if you can’t read it outside… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/evcjackson Edward V.C. Jackson

    You forgot to mention seeing both in a dimly lit room. I’ve tried AMOLED and went back to LCD for it’s superior daylight legibility.

  • http://twitter.com/metcarded Looie Candles

    The problem with Samsung is that they pump up the saturation to 120% and it looks hideous in person. The initial wow factor grabs you over other normally saturated screens though. Viewing angles and blacks are the only strong points of Samsung AMOLED screen, everything else is bleh.

  • Fc1112

    索爱的效果是最差的

  • Coder

    Sasmung’s Super Amoled Plus is great but I do not like their android skin and design at all. Sony has the best android skin right now imo.

  • Hansip87

    Weird that all the viewing angle seems like a problem that AMOLED fans but many guys using anti-spy screen protector. Got the point? ;)

    And yeah, i’m waiting for Mirasol display to be applied to phone, because no matter how pretty a screen is, if you must turn it off regularly it doesn’t make a good experience.

  • Guest

    Xperia S has more details than the two samsung phones. Look at the one with a girl. The red has visible lines while the over saturated samsung screen looks a bit smudged. The ‘Reality Display’ as Sony calls it is much better, close to reality unlike those punchy colors. It may be eye candy, catchy etc but still its not resembling the REAL image.

  • elmo94

    I think they didn’t turn on the BRAVIA ENGINE..

  • Anonymous

    I have seen galaxy note in person and i simply hate it.
    Its just over saturated making my eyes not comfortable
    may be i have an arc which is producing natural colour
    But galaxy note viewing angles is great.

    And now sony have 720p screen with regular pixel not pentile matrix
    lets see how good it is,in person not in photos!

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  • Pen Pen

    AMOLED: 
    - too much saturation
    - annoying blue/green tinge especially on whites because of technical limitation – see wiki 
    - burn in problems
    + excellent contrast
    + deep blacks
    + viewing angle

    TFT: - backlit->washed out colors - viewing angles+ true color response+ bright whites

    Finally, understand that the Samsung ROM uses black background all around and colorful icons as a way to hide the technical issues with the tinge and burn-in issue of AMOLED. 

    With that said, Sony 2012 devices are cheap on display. 
    They really needed something better than old TFT technology. 

     

  • Pen Pen

    AMOLED: 
    - too much saturation
    - annoying blue/green tinge especially on whites because of technical limitation – see wiki 
    - burn in problems
    + excellent contrast
    + deep blacks
    + viewing angle

    TFT: - backlit->washed out colors - viewing angles+ true color response+ bright whites

    Finally, understand that the Samsung ROM uses black background all around and colorful icons as a way to hide the technical issues with the tinge and burn-in issue of AMOLED. 

    With that said, Sony 2012 devices are cheap on display. 
    They really needed something better than old TFT technology. 

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/evcjackson Edward V.C. Jackson

    Samsung doesn’t have an AMOLED television, it’d be way too expensive. Sony has an 11″ OLED television on sale that is worth several thousand dollars and some broadcast monitors that sell for $15000+ USD.

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  • Anonymous

    maybe screen is not used as a basis but it is a necessity.

  • Tarekali

    Thanks for the correction, my apologies, whats screens do they use then?

  • Tarekali

    wow, calm down….stop moaning like a little child you are, it just shows how much of a SE fanboi you really are, look at the phones at different angles, and you would still say SE is better and more natural at those angles. So think before you type who is delusional, blind SE fanboi

  • Tarekali

    hi, yes, there is more red in the photos but with the flower, the flower in the SE phones looks a bit washed out to me. They all come with their advantages and disadvantages with different colours but it’s just my opinion that I think the samsung just has that edge. My opinion only, you have yours and I respect that.

  • Anonymous

    OLED is better. However, I still prefer realistic color.

  • Anonymous

    I owned a Samsung Galaxy S which is most likely going to buy a Xperia S when release in my country. When I compare the Samsung Galaxy S screen and the Xperia Arc screen in real life, they both look very nice and clear.

  • Somebody

    Also note that on the Samsung’s screen the colors are washed out, which is easily noticeable on the girl 1 picture. The Sun’s refraction on the material can be seen on the Bravia (especially on top of the picture), but on the Samsung the whole thing is orange. It’s also seems blurry, compared to the Sony device. And once again, there is much more detail on the Bravia screen (look at the orange stuff’s outline), and the amoled display over-saturates everything (the girl’s dress is meant to be pink, Samsung users will never notice that i guess, for them it’s a strong red xD)

    PS: Sry for my bad English

  • TECH DUDE

    they have the OLED technology! i just watched a video of PSP Vita to confirm the viewing angles.
    Sony u r my favorite brand but until u get a good screen in ur cell phones i am sorry!! i think till then the bravia engine is useless as well!! PLZ i want a good looking fone (i.e SONY) in android. i own a galaxy and i dont like the plastic finish along with a few things. PLZ give me an OLED i would buy ur fone right away!!

  • jeson kamalnath

    I’ve observed Galaxy S2, Xperia arc and iphone 4 displays. The super AMOLED sure has deep blacks, higher contrast and better viewing angles, but Xperia arc comes pretty close in terms of contrast due to no air gap between the glass and the display panel, the colors are much more natural and pleasant to look at. As for the wide viewing angles, I don’t understand why someone would use their phones at such angles!! 
    Contrast is just one aspect of the quality of a display, there are other things like definition/clarity, sharpness, color reproduction, brightness.
    A display with high contrast will have that wow factor initially, but it can get tiring after a while(at least for me). As an analogy, it’s like an mp3 player which produces insanely high bass. It will be thumping and a lot of people might be impressed with that. It can get pretty tiring after a while. I would rather have a decent amount of bass, high clarity at the higher frequencies and warmth, ie a better all round performance. Similarly for a display, I would prefer a good amount of contrast, good color reproduction, high clarity and sharpness.
    Super AMOLED produces deep blacks, but the whites are not as bright or good as the ones produced by LCD displays yet. OLED is the future of displays without a doubt, but it’s a new technology and cost of manufacturing will be higher with higher probability of problems. Whereas LCD is an old but mature technology. 
    If you check out review sites like techradar, they have praised all these 3 displays. 
    As for Xperia S display, I believe it combines the goodness of the Xperia arc and iphone displays, namely good contrast and color reproduction , brightness, definition and high sharpness. 
    Till Samsung can produce an RGB HD AMOLED display(not the pentile one!) with good white reproduction, no strange greenish hues, more natural colors, sharpness and detail.(which I believe might be hard and costly as of now, as they have to cram in more than twice as many pixels as they do for the galaxy S2 display), I’ll stick with the HD Reality display from Sony. it’s about all round performance and I don’t really need very wide viewing angles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evcjackson Edward V.C. Jackson

    IPS LCD with edge lit LED backlighting… Samsung also produce the worlds best LCD panels. Prefer them to Sony for televisions.

  • http://twitter.com/metcarded Looie Candles

    The Orange material  looks like Velvet on the Samsung phones, whilst on the Sony Xperia is looks more like silk or satin.
    Her gloves look like a shade of black on the samsungs but purplish on the Xperia phone.
    The Galaxy SII screen definitely looks a lot more blurry than the Xperia phone, is the SAMOLE+ still using pentile?

  • Rayan Bayoumi

    Viewing angle?? Who cares rly? I think wat matters is the normal “viewing angle” wich is wen u normaly use a phone and look at it straight… Lookimg at it is beautiful i saw the phone in CES and its beautiful to look at! The colors and brightness with the HD screen is amazing. The amoled rly just hurts my eyes with too much contrast..

  • Rayan Bayoumi

    Viewing angle?? Who cares rly? I think wat matters is the normal “viewing angle” wich is wen u normaly use a phone and look at it straight… Lookimg at it is beautiful i saw the phone in CES and its beautiful to look at! The colors and brightness with the HD screen is amazing. The amoled rly just hurts my eyes with too much contrast..

  • http://www.usemeplz.com/ Usemeplz

    I am not in any way to change it to samsung

  • SuperAMOLEDsuckzzz

    Truthfully Im more of a Nokia fan than Sony but it nice to see how u jump to conclusions. I could easily have said the same on u bein a samsung fanboy but I dont go down to that level an just assume things. Thanks again for provin just how much of a joke u can make urself look.

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  • XYZ

    Why are veiwing angles an issue> Why would you look at your phone at any angle beyond directly at it. Goodness me.

    Anyway, it would be interesting to see Sony use their recently unveiled CLED (Crystal LED) display technology on one of their mobile handets. I mean, it has the same advantages as OLED, i.e high contrast, great efficiency and fantastic veiwing angles, but none of the disadvantages such as colour degradation over time, over-saturated colours and poor white performance.

  • Samuel Serafim

    This doenst make seens after see this video.

    http://youtu.be/Tkb1VFmmE7A

  • doubleo

    i’m a sony fan boy.  i only buy sony… and i always say outloud how i hate apple… and the galaxy is overrated…

     
    but honestly speaking.. objectively. no bias. 
    the samsung display is way better.  not even a contest.  that’s sad.  it hurts my pride as a sony enthusiast.

  • Jamisont1

    samsung makes both sony s-lcd and samoled plus. if s-lcd is really better, they’d use it on their top device.

  • Tarekali

    I see how you didn’t even answer my question, your just running away from it. Just shows how much of a child you are, look who’s the joke now…

  • http://twitter.com/mode893 Syed Mohammad

    Sony(Ericsson) seems adamant on having bad viewing angle (and a few other niggles) which they need to reconsider if they want to be popular. I personally have no issue with it as I always view the phone from a right angle (who doesn’t?)

  • bpb

    Can you post links to the images soo that I can watch them on my phone? Not pictures of phones showing pictures.

  • anonimous

    samsung makes s-lcd and amoled, if the s-lcd was better they don´t going to use in they´r top phones like the galaxy s2/nexus/note… the next generation of display is oled:
    vivid color
    180º viewing angle
    very deep colours
    battery save
    flexible, a flexible display is more resistant.
    high contrast ratio
    outdoor visibility (good)
    they have the touch sensor in the display so there is a 0.001 mm of space between the display and the glass.

    WHAT ADVANTAGES CAN WIN THE LCD, VS THE AMOLED!!??.

  • your dady…..

    shut our mouth everybody can see that…..

  • Frankenstien

    ur correct samsung galaxy note is the best and xperia is bullshit….!!

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