Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Retina Display Battle a Closer Call

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Apr, 29, 2013, 05:39 PM

The Apple iPhone has a new competitor in retina display—but is it a few years too late?

Samsung's new smartphone, the Galaxy S4, boasts the retina display that Apple has had since 2010, but customers believe the improved display, along with an Android operating system and larger screen, puts them ahead of the iPhone in overall features.

But how close of a call is it really? 

 Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate says Samsung's work on its Super AMOLED technology has paid off nicely. 

"The iPhone 5 is significantly brighter than the Galaxy S4, particularly for screens with mostly peak white backgrounds. Its color calibration is a bit better, although the Galaxy S4 has a more accurate White. The Galaxy S4 has a much bigger screen, higher resolution, higher PPI, much darker blacks, and better screen uniformity than the iPhone 5. They each have their own particular strengths and weaknesses—both displays are quite good and comparable overall—so it's currently a tie." 

Does the next-generation Galaxy have the upper hand now that it may rival the iPhone's retina display? Comment with your point of view!

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