The flawless OLED matrix Apple iPhone X is compared to the flagship displays of Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note8 for a number of key features. During the experiment, each gadget checked the brightness, white balance, pixel density, distortion level at non-standard viewing angles, color rendition and evaluated utilities to improve the image. As a result, the testers determined the only winner in all parameters.
During the brightness test on smartphones, they set the maximum values in manual mode and opened a blank page in the built-in browsers. The leader was the iPhone X with a brightness of 574 nits, while Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note8 showed the results of 438 and 408 nits, respectively. It should be noted that the Samsung SmartPad displays a brightness of 1 240 nits, if only a small part of the display is active.
To evaluate colors on gadgets opened a static image. In the adaptive mode, the Galaxy Note8 was distinguished by the most unrealistic shades of the entire three, but with the add-in for watching movies and in the basic mode, the screen adjusted the colors to a more natural side. In Google Pixel 2 XL, experts have noted a beige filter and reduced contrast – this combination provides close to real colors, sacrificing saturation. The iPhone X matrix was named the most balanced: increased brightness and contrast highlighted more shaded details in the scene.
By coverage of the sRGB color range, smartphones are positioned as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – 204%;
- Google Pixel 2 XL – 130%
- Apple iPhone X – 123%.
Thanks to the True Tone technology, the iPhone X adjusts the white balance for ambient light. Meanwhile, even with the disconnected setting, the “apple” gadget remained in the middle between the cool shade of the Galaxy Note8 and the warm Pixel 2 XL. True Tone work can also be seen in figures: with the option enabled, the iPhone X’s color difference was 0.21 (less – better) and 0.28 when off. Google Pixel 2 XL demonstrated a 0.26 ratio, while the Galaxy Note8 remained in outsiders with 0.5.
Then the comparison was made to levels of color distortion at different angles of the review. Usually the panels on organic LEDs go blue in color, if you look at them at an indirect angle. Nevertheless, Apple has minimized the bluish effect on the iPhone X, and Samsung and Google have been doing worse.
In addition, the testers called the density of pixels on the screen of each of the smartphones:
- Google Pixel 2 XL – 538 dpi;
- Samsung Galaxy Note8 – 521 dots per inch;
- Apple iPhone X – 438 dpi.
Experts have recognized the iPhone X as the leader in brightness, white balance and color rendition, and the Galaxy Note8 has been recommended to lovers of bright and rich colors.