We have already seen a couple of comparisons between various features on the iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3, and now the guys over at DisplayMate have put the two smartphones displays to the test, along with the display on last years iPhone 4S.
According to the tests that DisplayMate ran on both devices, they both have excellent displays, although they have said that the display on the new iPhone 5 is slightly better than that of the display on Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphones.
The display on the Samsung Galaxy S III uses OLED technology. It’s a new technology that has not yet been refined to the same degree as LCDs, particularly the IPS LCDs on the iPhones, so it doesn’t objectively test or perform as well as the iPhone 5. But OLEDs have been evolving and improving very rapidly as shown in our OLED Display Technology Shoot-Out so it has a very promising future. Here are the biggest issues we found in our extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests of the Galaxy S III: the Brightness is about half of the iPhone 5 due to power constraints resulting from the lower OLED power efficiency and concerns regarding premature OLED aging. As a result the image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting is much poorer than the iPhone 5. The Color Gamut is not only much larger than the Standard Color Gamut, which leads to distorted and exaggerated colors, but the Gamut is quite lopsided, with Green being a lot more saturated than either Red or Blue, which adds a Green color caste to many images. And for some reason Samsung has not bothered to calibrate the Color Gamut on any of its OLED displays, so they are wildly inaccurate and produce inaccurate and over saturated colors.
You can see the full results of the tests on the display of both devices over at DisplayMate.
Have a look at our handy guide on the difference between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5