It may come as a shock, but the Retina Display on the iPhone 5 is a pretty significant jump in almost every area than its predecessor, despite having the same pixel density.
Apple touted a 44% increase in colour saturation, and a new manufacturing process that combined the LCD with the touch panel for a thinner design, but DisplayMate has taken the hyperbole one step further.
The three main improvements found over the iPhone 4 screen are reflectance, colour saturation and contrast rating. According to DisplayMate, the iPhone 5 has a much lower degree of reflectance than the 4, which can be seen in outdoor visibility testing — less glare, ultimately. Contrast levels are the best they’ve ever seen in a smartphone, which means that the display is more vivid and less prone to distortion at higher brightness levels. Colour quality and saturation are improved, and are nearly as good as that of the new iPad, which DisplayMate says is almost perfect out of the box.
DisplayMate found that, compared to the iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy S III screen had about half the total brightness and an inferior colour gamut. They cite oversaturation as a problem, especially with the colour green.
Apple’s display didn’t come out free of criticism, though: apparently its white levels skew a little blue, which is a common problem among smartphone displays.
Check out the full report at DisplayMate.