In-depth survey concludes that Galaxy S3 display is superior to iPhone 5

In-depth survey concludes that Galaxy S3 display is superior to iPhone 5

A head-to-head comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 shows a comprehensive win for the S3 in just about every category, including screen size, memory, processing power, resolution, and connectivity.


But there is one category where the iPhone 5 beats the Samsung Galaxy S3, and that is pixels per inch (PPI). But here’s the kicker: it doesn’t matter in the slightest because an independent study conducted by IHS recently concluded that the Samsung Galaxy S3 still has a clearer, more vibrant, and colorful display than the recently released iPhone 5.

What is PPI?

PPI stands for pixels per inch, and it’s one technical category where the iPhone 5 is technically superior to the Samsung Galaxy S3. The iPhone 5 has a PPI of 326 while the Galaxy S3 features 306 pixels per inch.

However, the human eye will not be able to distinguish PPI difference beyond 300 pixels per inch, which effectively makes this point moot.

The IHS study

IHS is a consumer research firm that provides “unparalleled insight into key trends and dependencies.” The firm recently study concluded that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a thinner screen that features the full color gamut of the NTSC standard. Specifically, the Galaxy S3’s screen is a measly 1.1mm thick while the screen of the iPhone 5 is 1.5mm thick. The iPhone 5 is also only able to display 72% of the standard color gamut compared to 100% for the S3.

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Some Apple fans are angry at the IHS study and disagree with the results. They claim that color gamut is an awkward way to compare the screens of two devices. The president of DisplayMate, Raymond Soneira, also claimed that the color gamut test performed by the IHS used out-of-date standards.

In any case, both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 have some pretty awesome looking screens.

But the S3 is better.

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