The hate for Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and particular features seems to have been blown out of proportion, and while you wont have to look far to hear ill feeling from those that thought the device didn’t live up to the hype, you might also want to consider why Samsung decided on a PenTile AMOLED screen for the Galaxy S3.
Focusing in on the problem many fans have with the Samsung Galaxy S3 – the majority of feedback we’ve had about the Galaxy S3 related to the display chosen, and in particular why Samsung didn’t use a Super AMOLED Plus rather than the AMOLED PenTile subpixel layout.
Why did Samsung use the PenTile AMOLED display? In simple terms, Samsung explained that this choice means the screen will last longer. PenTile displays can do with fewer blue or red sub-pixels for a certain resolution, and thanks to this it also means PenTile displays have more green subpixels, which degrade a lot slower. Philip Berne explained to this popular mobile blog that the blue subpixels degrade faster and this also means PenTile AMOLED displays are proven to last longer than RGB layouts at certain resolutions. Obviously there is a lot more to the longevity of mobile phone displays, and the above link goes into greater detail, which is perfect for those that want a detailed explanation with pros and cons for both technologies.
We’ve included a really good video below that shows 100 times magnification of the AMOLED PenTile vs. True HD IPS RGB Display, which gives you an idea of the difference between AMOLED PenTile displays and a screen based on the striped RGB panel – something Samsung state doesn’t last as long and the reason the Galaxy S3 didn’t include it. The video was uploaded to YouTube after CES 2012, and some users commented back then that if the “Samsung Galaxy S3 has a PenTile screen” they would avoid it. Looking at Samsung’s reason and the video below, how do you now stand on the Samsung Galaxy S3 screen?
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