DisplayMate has released its report on the iPhone 5 display declaring it the ‘best smartphone display we have seen to date’.
Their tests found the reflections on the iPhone 4 were 52% higher than those on the iPhone 5. The contrast rating on the iPhone 5 is 57% higher than the iPhone 4. Additionally, the color quality and color accuracy are substantially improved on the new device.
Based on our extensive Lab measurements the iPhone 5 has a true state-of-the-art accurate display – it’s not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvements (and competitors) but it is the best Smartphone display we have seen to date based on extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests. In particular it is a significant improvement over the display in the iPhone 4 with much lower screen Reflections, much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting (the highest we have ever measured), and a significantly improved and accurate Color Gamut and Factory Calibration that delivers very accurate colors and very good picture quality. While it’s not quite as accurate as the new iPad, it is still probably more accurate than any consumer display you own (including your HDTV), unless you have a new iPad.
Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S III was found to have about half the brightness of the iPhone 5 due to its OLED display. Also, the Color Gamut is much larger than the Standard Color Gamut leading to distorted and exaggerated colors, and it is lopsided with green being more saturated than Red or Blue leading to a Green caste in many images.