The Galaxy Note 4 has a bonkers screen. That 518 PPI Super AMOLED stunner is one of the best parts of a great phone. But how does it hold up to the other big, high-res phone screens out there?
We took macro shots of the three biggest, baddest, giganto smartphones out there: The Note 4, the LG G3, and the iPhone 6 Plus. According to the experts, the iPhone 6 Plus has the best LCD display, meanwhile the Note 4’s AMOLED is the best overall display. And the G3 isn’t left out of the superlatives; it has the most PPI of the trio. Here they are up close:
iPhone 6 Plus: 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080, 401 PPI LCD
Galaxy Note 4: 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440, 518 PPI Super AMOLED
LG G3: 5.5-inch, 2560 x 1440, 538 PPI IPS LCD
Of course, you’ll never be looking at your screens quite this close (unless you are strapping them to your face), so the real-world effects are more subtle. The Note 4’s bitchin’ AMOLED has crazy contrast, super deep blacks, and a lack of motion blur that makes it great for VR. The iPhone 6 Plus has a high peak brightness, great contrast in ambient light, and minimal reflections. And the G3 looks the crispest by an ever-so-slight margin, because it is.
But if the screen is the most important part of a phone to you — and why shouldn’t it be! — the Note 4 runs away with the prize, proving once again that PPI isn’t everything.