quote: You’ll notice on a PenTile screen that certain colors won’t display correctly. Such is the case of the DX2 or Atrix which use a RGBW layout – the pixels have to constantly fight with each other to produce the correct color that you should be seeing. You may also struggle to view black text over white backgrounds on websites when zoomed all the way out or find yourself with a headache after quickly scrolling. And then there is the fact that everything tends to look a little grainy. It’s very difficult for a Pentile RGBW display to produce straight lines, some times leaving spots with an almost jagged (or grainy) edge to them.
quote: The disadvantages of PenTile are widely recognized to be fuzzy text on some color combinations (most noticeably saturated red) and color fringing on high contrast edges on the screen . For the most part it is not visible but it is one of those cases of “when you see it, it is hard to disregard”. PenTile panels also tend to skew colors when viewed from an angle . The disadvantages become less prominent when the resolution moves up and with its 1280x720 pixel resolution (for more on pixel resolution controversy see our Nexus article), Samsung should have ironed out the most visible effects but the argument remains . Samsung agreed when they launched the Galaxy SII but it seems that they have reversed their stance on the matter without any technical breakthroughs, which surely seems contradicting. In the end we guess it all comes down to marketing instead of integrity. We had hoped to see a Super AMOLED “Plus” screen with RGB in Galaxy SIII but unfortunately it failed to materialize this year.
quote: If you try hard, you will be able to spot evidence of the Pentile matrix affecting the smoothness of fine edges
quote: Sadly, while that may have been a great compliment a year or two ago, the quality and viewing angles of AMOLED have recently been bypassed by refinements in LCD technology
quote: Wrapping up, the iPhone 5 display is a quantum leap better than the display on the iPhone 4. Contrast levels and light output have both been increased, and color performance is astonishing. The full sRGB gamut is present here, and color errors are remarkably low even for a high end desktop display. While many were hoping for a move to OLED or some other screen innovation, this really is a huge step up that is very easy to quantify. To put this in perspective, in the past few years I've reviewed probably 30-40 different displays, from PC monitors to TVs to projectors. Not a single one, out of the box, can put up the Gretag Macbeth dE numbers that the iPhone can, and perhaps one projector (which listed for $20,000) can approach the grayscale and color accuracy out of the box.
quote: You were going to write a rebuttal - but you can't, because all of my comments are factually the case.
quote: Your claim that PenTile is indistinguishable from RGB is the only flat out raging fanboy denial here, so I tell you - it's a phone, not a religion - accept the reality that PenTile is inferior.
quote: What does Androids "profitability" have to do with anything? It's like you, Tony, and Takin seem to take this point of view that the most profitable product, or company, is automatically the best for everyone. Do I need to point out how flawed that is?
quote: Exactly... This isn't a financial news site it is a consumer tech site. One companies profit vs. another is irrelevant. What a product gives the user and at what cost is relevant. Market share is to an extent because it relates to how many users have it, but profit? Only relevant if the company is in danger of going out of business... Like for HTC and RIMM its relevant, not for Google, Samsung or Apple - None of them are going anywhere.
quote: What does Androids "profitability" have to do with anything? It's like you, Tony, and Takin seem to take this point of view that the most profitable product, or company, is automatically the best for everyone.
quote: Pentile displays are definitely inferior.
quote: It's not so obvious on photos or videos, in fact in those cases they look pretty good. It's mostly visible on graphics like icons (e.g., the icon for Chrome). With my Galaxy Note next to my Nexus 7, the speckled look of the pentile display is quite noticeable.
quote: In fact, the OLED screens I've owned (Pentile or not) have made me quite a fan of LCDs for the moment. Comparing my Note to my iPhone 5, the difference in colour quality is absolutely enormous, and the display on the Galaxy Note was lauded in reviews. The default settings from Samsung are horrible (way oversaturated)
quote: Bayer filters and 4:2:0 YCbCr are different issues. 3CCD and 4:4:4 are better anyway, it's just a matter of how much better versus the cost.