You love your smartphone and the satisfaction that it brings you when you can watch movies on the go and video chat, one-on-one, with your loved ones half way around the world. Whether you're sporting an Android handset or one of Apple's iPhones, you wouldn't be able to do all the things you do without that display you stare into each day. Like our computer monitors and television sets, the smartphone is another extension of technology that’s evolving at a rapid pace. The science behind all of those LCD and OLED displays are what really set each mobile phone apart from each other, but to the average consumer, what do those displays really mean? Like our other gadgets and entertainment portals, smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, but each one displays photos, your Twitter feed and your text messages on a different kind of display. You can see the difference, but can you really tell what’s what?
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, is also a research scientist. He wanted to put a stop to the vague reviews of displays and add another level of After considerable testing and extensive scientific lab measurements, Dr. Soneira has managed to put together a thorough comparison of the most widely used cell phone displays available on the market. He took the display data of Google’s Nexus One (manufactured by HTC), the Samsung Galaxy S, Apple's iPhone 4 and 3GS, and the Motorola Droid and pitted them against each other to discover the differences between each display, and the true meaning behind OLED and LCD. Read on to get a quick, Mac|Life Cliff Notes version of his study, and follow the link (here and at the end of the article) to check out his detailed charts, organized by category, to find out why the pixel count and display resolutions really set these smartphones apart.