Super Smartphone Showdown Part 2: Displays

We're back with part two of the Super Smartphone Showdown, and today we're taking a look at the displays used in each of the devices. Not only do we compare the same image on all five displays, but we also take a look at the black levels, white levels and viewing angles on camera.

Here's a quick rundown of each device used in the showdown, and what displays are present:

  • HTC One X: 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 @ 1280 x 720
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD @ 1280 x 720
  • Sony Xperia S: 4.3-inch TFT LCD @ 1280 x 720
  • Motorola Droid Razr: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED @ 960 x 540
  • LG Optimus 4X HD: 4.7-inch True-HD IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720

We hope you enjoy part two of the showdown, and in case you missed it you can follow the link below to check out part one, where we look at the designs of each device. Check back here on Neowin, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to easily get the next part tomorrow, where we look at the software used on all the devices.

You can also watch all the videos in the showdown one after another by following this link, which takes you to a Super Smartphone Showdown playlist.

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are you going to show that the S3 has gone against android policy and blocked moving data to the external card? seeing as games etc can take up to 3GB then the internal usable memory of 11GB is quickly used up. This is all confirmed if searching for move data to external card on s3. The only solution is rooting which voids any warranties

I have an S3 locked into a 2yr contract and find it flawed because of this

BeLGaRaTh said,
are you going to show that the S3 has gone against android policy and blocked moving data to the external card? seeing as games etc can take up to 3GB then the internal usable memory of 11GB is quickly used up. This is all confirmed if searching for move data to external card on s3. The only solution is rooting which voids any warranties

I have an S3 locked into a 2yr contract and find it flawed because of this

That change came from Google, not Samsung, and there are quite a few Devs over at XDA looking for the perfect workaround

WP7 said,
Why is the Galaxy Nexus missing from this "Showdown"?

The Nexus is an older phone now considering the SIII is in the list and is their flagship phone now, whereas the Nexus seems a waste of time having it there as it's regarded as a lower spec. I guess. Unless they just couldn't get hold of one I really like the Nexus. I use it to test my XHDPI layouts

On my opinion SIII or Razor wins, since i dont want other people to look at what im looking "if you know what i mean"

I had the AT&T HTC One X, but I returned it for the Galaxy S III. The thing I miss the most about the One X was the absolutely perfect screen, the Galaxy S III screen is trash compared to it.

However the HTC One X is pretty much unusuable, even with a cleaned up ROM and multitask fixer, due to the gimped 670 MB of RAM on the phone. This only allowed you to have like 1-4 apps cached at at time since the OS took like 300-400 MB, ruining the phone for me, as apps needed to be constantly re-drawn/reloaded/refreshed. If you were on the stock ROM you were totally screwed, as sometimes people couldn't even cache 1-2 apps.

Spirit Dave said,
As a mobile designer ... I HATE ALL OF THESE ... LOL!

Umm.. and what mass market mobile phones have you designed?

drazgoosh said,

Umm.. and what mass market mobile phones have you designed?

Sorry, a mobile designer as in I work for a company who make apps for mobiles lol. The biggest reason I hate them is because they all display colour differently, and Android phones work on a display pixel concept that 'scales' per device (medium, high, extra high dpi etc) and these things are not simple... Somet xhdpi phones will have varying aspect ratios to their pixel format meaning often, designs don't come out as you'd expected. Many issues can arise when designing a beautiful interface that then distorts on different phones due to odd resolutions or colour display capabilities. Believe me, I deal with this day in and day out. I design in Photoshop on a 160dpi equivalent design, at 320x240 (as 1dp = 1px at 160dpi) and scale from there, and I also handle 90% of the layout and draw able XML coding. It's interesting to say the least.

Your reply to me seems a touch condescending but I will assume you misunderstood my meaning behind my message ... Btw, I was actually kidding... These phones and many others are the bane of my life, but I adore what I do for a living, and am very luck to get paid very well to do it... And the work I do is challenging and fun because of the obstacles I have to work with... I never let a device beat me

drazgoosh said,
Yup... I completely misunderstood.

It's all good No harm intended either way. But yeah ... I love the mobile design industry and I LOVE my job ... but sometimes things go bad ... HTC Sensation = THE WORST Android de... no ... the WORST PHONE ever lol. Completely ballsed up all my awesome layout work and on day of release I had to break some kind of record to fix it before launch of an update

techhahn said,
HTC One X, the best smartphone of 2012...

We still have a while before the year is over. It's very possible the new iPhone will blow everybody out of the water.

Astra.Xtreme said,

We still have a while before the year is over. It's very possible the new iPhone will blow everybody out of the water.

My buddy got an S3 a few days ago... if apple wants to blow anything out of the water they've got a lot of work cut out for them.

shockz said,

My buddy got an S3 a few days ago... if apple wants to blow anything out of the water they've got a lot of work cut out for them.

Except the S3 still lags, so it's already behind. Yes, the infamous scroll lag still persists, sadly.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Except the S3 still lags, so it's already behind. Yes, the infamous scroll lag still persists, sadly.

I've done a lot of things with my S3 and have not seen this mythical lag you claim it has

drazgoosh said,
In my opinion none of these phones can beat the HTC One X overall as smartphones.

Me too I prefer my S III although I never really tried much the HTC One X.
Why?...
Stronger processor (CPU and GPU)
Better battery life (Not just exchangable batteries but just one battery...)
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Screen I am equally amazed on both