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i love my iphone4, but a friend of mine keeps mentioning that i should look into an android phone, given that i completely change the interface/usability, which is a big selling point of the iphone. my only issue is that the iphone, by far, has the best looking screen... not the mention the highest resolution.

theres talk about the lg optimus 2x dualcore phone, but even that phone, from what ive read, still has a lower resolution than the iphone. i cannot even consider a switch until there is an android phone out there thats on par with the iphone's screen.
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I would not say best looking... I have a Samsung Galaxy S, and it has a Super AMOLED screen. It looks amazing! My father has an iPhone 4 and I've got to say the colours on the Samsung are far superior, it is still amazingly crisp with a resolution of 800x480. I would start looking at the different phone screen technologies, and which one better suits you!

The iPhone 4 uses In-Plane switching technology. With the retina res.

The majority of Android phones currently use AMOLED technology. Usually with a 800x480 res.

Here's a comparison of Super AMOLED vs IPS display technology.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/24/i...-amoled-fight/

EDIT: I forgot to mention Super LCD technology.
Here's a video comparing all three!
http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2010/...pecifications/


Here is an android phone with a "Retina" display.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/04/s...nus-the-brand/

Hope that helps!
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 12/18/10 at 2:02am
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well thanks for all that. ive got some good reading ahead of me. is 800x480 the max a s-amoled screen is capable of? why would none of these android phones go above that?
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I have the Samsung Fascinate with Verizon, very sexy looking phone and the AMOLED is awesome, however, It's still on 2.1. Software runs very glitchy, tons of reports on the issues are online.

I've had it since Oct. and the supposed upgrade to Andriod 2.2 has been TBD. Last I heard, Christmas.

I left the iPhone for the Fascinate, I do miss the ease of iPhone, and the Galaxy S has its issues, but overall, I love the flexibility that the Android OS brings.
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stuff like this just looks horrible to me. ive grown accustom to the resolution that the iphone4 brings, i dont think i can make the step backwards.
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i took the HTC Hero over the iphone...simply because i like the android interface better...for god sakes, my phone beat the iphone 4 to this years phone of the year award, id say thats proof you should switch
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The funny thing about resolution is that it scales with distance. If you can't see the pixels, then there is no difference between 800x480 and 10000000x50000000.

Oh and SLCD is IPS. The panel thats in my HTC Desire is the same tech that Apple uses. The only visible difference (other than aspect ratio) is that with my Desire I have to hold the phone 2" from my face before I see the pixels. With the iPhone 4 that number is 0.5".

Given that I typically hold my phone at 1' from my face there is literally NO DIFFERENCE between my Desire and the iPhone 4. I've done numerous comparisons to verify this. I'm also shortsighted, and my short range vision is very acute. For the average consumer there probably wouldn't be any difference at all.

Basically what that means is that your iPhone is doing extra work for nothing. For 3.7" phones the default resolution will probably always be 800x480. We'll probably see 1024x600 for 4"+ screens though, and with the larger screen size it will actually be worth it.


The one exception to this however is AMOLED. It has a 33% lower pixel count, and interpolates pixels to fake it's resolution, so 800x480 isn't even close to being enough, especially for 4" screens. To get the same visual quality enjoyed by the iPhone 4/Desire, the 4" SAMOLED phones made by Samsung would have to use 1280x800 screens.


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stuff like this just looks horrible to me. ive grown accustom to the resolution that the iphone4 brings, i dont think i can make the step backwards.
I agree 100%, but thats AMOLED. A SLCD phone like the Desire/G2/Desire HD won't look like that. AMOLED in it's current form is garbage.
    
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The funny thing about resolution is that it scales with distance. If you can't see the pixels, then there is no difference between 800x480 and 10000000x50000000.

Oh and SLCD is IPS. The panel thats in my HTC Desire is the same tech that Apple uses. The only visible difference (other than aspect ratio) is that with my Desire I have to hold the phone 2" from my face before I see the pixels. With the iPhone 4 that number is 0.5".

Given that I typically hold my phone at 1' from my face there is literally NO DIFFERENCE between my Desire and the iPhone 4. I've done numerous comparisons to verify this. I'm also shortsighted, and my short range vision is very acute. For the average consumer there probably wouldn't be any difference at all.

Basically what that means is that your iPhone is doing extra work for nothing. For 3.7" phones the default resolution will probably always be 800x480. We'll probably see 1024x600 for 4"+ screens though, and with the larger screen size it will actually be worth it.


The one exception to this however is AMOLED. It has a 33% lower pixel count, and interpolates pixels to fake it's resolution, so 800x480 isn't even close to being enough, especially for 4" screens. To get the same visual quality enjoyed by the iPhone 4/Desire, the 4" SAMOLED phones made by Samsung would have to use 1280x800 screens.




I agree 100%, but thats AMOLED. A SLCD phone like the Desire/G2/Desire HD won't look like that. AMOLED in it's current form is garbage.
I'm not saying your wrong, but I have never, never heard of a 33% lower pixel count on AMOLED.

Would you might giving me a link to somewhere so I can do some reading

EDIT:I really dont know what your talking about.
http://www.gsmarena.com/amoled_vs_sl...-news-1932.php
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stuff like this just looks horrible to me. ive grown accustom to the resolution that the iphone4 brings, i dont think i can make the step backwards.
Are you really going to be looking at you screen that close? That's comparison is totally irrelevant in real world usage.
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I'm just trying to figure out why you need such a high resolution on such small screens to begin with.

I've never seen anything even on my original droid that blurry from the pic you posted.
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