Google Nexus 5 Display Comparison with Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One and LG G2


Google launched their latest flagship smartphone – Google Nexus 5 and like most flagships of the later half of 2013, it is equipped with a Full HD display and is powered by Snapdragon 800 SoC. The 720p HD display on the yesteryear flagship – Google Nexus 4 definitely wasn’t the best display we have seen and we are going to see if things got better atleast in the Google Nexus 5. Google Nexus 4 was made by LG and it was based on their Optimus G smartphone and the trend continued this year as Google Nexus 5 is based on LG G2 and is manufactured by LG.

Full HD 1080p displays have become a common thing in the Android market as almost every manufacturer has a Full HD flagship and today we are going to compare the displays of – Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 and Google Nexus 5. HTC One was the first device to be announced among the four products that we have and it comes with a Full HD 4.7inch SLCD3 display and has the highest pixel density of 469ppi among the four products. LG G2 was announced at the starting of August by LG and it comes with a 5.2inch Full HD True IPS+ display with a pixel density of 424ppi. Samsung continued the tradition of announcing their Galaxy Note product at the IFA and we saw the Galaxy Note 3 this year and it comes with 5.7inch Full HD Super AMOLED display having a pixel density of 387ppi. The latest product to be announced among the four is Google Nexus 5 and it comes with a 4.95inch Full HD IPS display and has a pixel density of 442ppi.

In terms of phone arrangement, the details are as follows

  • Top Left – HTC One
  • Top Right – Google Nexus 5
  • Bottom Left – Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Bottom Right – LG G2

We have checked out the four displays together in a variety of conditions. You can check out how the displays have performed with the images below.

Head On – Colors

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As you saw in the images above, differences are quite less when you look at the display head on(this will be your most used position).

Head On – Images

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As you can see from the images above, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is nicely saturated and looks gorgeous. Google Nexus  5’s display seems a little washed out while HTC One and LG G2 look realistic.

From Right – Colors

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From right side, each of the four phones display the colors quite differently. The HTC One on the top left produces the most accurate of colors, but is dim. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is quite bright, but the color accuracy is missing. Google Nexus 5 appears washed out and there is a white line at the top of display showing that there is some compromise that is being made to accommodate such a beasty device at an affordable price. LG G2 is largely inaccurate and is dim as well.

From Right – Images

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As you can see from the images above, the same problem that was seen in the colors test is repeated here and each phone has its own problems.

Outdoor Visibilty

All the phones were quite good when looked in outdoors.

Each phone has its positives and negatives when it comes to the displays.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • Very bright
  • Great viewing angles
  • Over saturated

HTC One

  • True Colors
  • Good viewing angles
  • Not the brightest

LG G2

  • Great when looked headon
  • Poor Viewing Angles(comparatively)

Google Nexus 5

  • Washed out colors
  • Light bleeding Issue
  • Average Viewing Angles

 


Author: Monish Kumar

Monish is passionate about smartphones who is also interested in User Experience and Design. He is currently using Samsung Galaxy S3. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+