Samsung spokesperson: iPhone 4’s Retina display no big deal

“A spokesperson for Samsung argued that quadrupling the resolution actually had little impact on clarity, at most three to five percent, and that that it would allegedly hike the battery drain by as much as 30 percent,” Electronista reports. “AMOLED is purportedly better as it doesn’t need a backlight and makes up for any resolution loss in other ways, such as higher contrast with true black, more accurate colors and no limits on viewing angles.”

“‘Structurally, [Apple’s] IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology,’ the representative told the Korean Herald,” Electronista reports.

“The iPhone 4 panel is still considered one of the most advanced displays both for its ‘invisible pixel’ effect and for overcoming most of the perceived drawbacks of LCD, covering a very wide color gamut and touting much wider viewing angles than the often cheap LCDs used in other phones,” Electronista reports. “Samsung’s official also omitted well-known drawbacks of AMOLEDs, including their high relative cost and poor visibility outdoors.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung’s rep also left the following out of his sour grapes: “Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi; Video playback: Up to 10 hours.” He must have been in a well-lit place and couldn’t see Apple’s iPhone 4 battery life specs on his fake Samsung iPhone’s washed-out AMOLED screen.

When you see it, iPhone 4’s screen makes people gasp. It really is stunning.

Oh, by the way: Screen Test: Apple’s iPhone 3GS LCD gets the part over Google’s rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’ AMOLED – February 22, 2010

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Andrew W.” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s like a disease. People simply can’t help weighing in with their opinion in Apple no matter how uninformed and/or irrelevant their point actually is. Might as well throw in a “no software for Macs” and “iPods only play content from the app store” while they are at it.

  2. The proof is in the pudding- all it takes is people going into the Apple Store and comparing it side-by-side with their old iPhone.

    These fools live in a vacuum. Apparently they have not read a single review of anyone who has actually held one in their hands- all of which rave about the screen. Most “real” tech journalists have seen the phone already and love the screen.

    More people every day buy into the Apple ecosystem- more every day see for themselves.

    Insulting the intelligence of an ever-larger segment of the consumer population- not a good strategy for your own credibility. Listening, “analysts”?

    On a side-but-related note, Rob “Apple Fifth Column” Enderle is really starting to sound like a raving loon.

  3. -incredible how many gofers and their hamster come out with derogatory remarks aimed at anything Apple, recently… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> almost cute… but so obvious.
    Yadda, yadda…

  4. I’m sure that now the Apple engineers are rushing to redesign the phone before launch because it had not even occurred to them to measure power draw and battery life from the new screen. Thanks Samsung!!

  5. Yesterday on facebook I saw a “friends” comments – he hadn’t used or even seen an iPad but dished it nonetheless. Then did the same with the iPhone 4. Got me to finally clean out 80% of my facebook contacts – people who don’t let facts stand in the way of their opinion aren’t friends, they are a waste of my time …

  6. “people who don’t let facts stand in the way of their opinion aren’t friends, they are a waste of my time …”

    Actually, they are probably politicians.

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