1. tarnak's Avatar
    I was wondering how the S4 screen performs outdoors? I have the Rezound, it has bad glare outside, i usually have to find shade to see it clearly. I have the same issue with my work phone, an I5. What is everyone's thoughts on the screen?
    05-20-2013 05:02 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I have no problems with it but I'm just aware that ANY phone with a glass on it will reflect direct sunlight. That being said, if the sun is directly above you, you won't be able to see the screen no matter how high the brightness is (you might discern a few shapes, but not read text clearly). A matte-finish screen protector might help, but that'll also obscure the overall brightness of your screen.
    paul-c likes this.
    05-20-2013 05:11 PM
  3. bembol's Avatar
    Compared to hTc One, I'm having trouble more with the S4.. Both are on Auto Brightness.
    05-20-2013 05:28 PM
  4. aandrew610's Avatar
    its not the best in direct sunlight however inside a vehicle its not too bad . it's not a deal breaker for me
    sent from my galaxy s4
    05-20-2013 05:31 PM
  5. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    You'll have to crank up the brightness in the sun on this device. Overall it's sufficient but it's not the best.
    05-20-2013 05:32 PM
  6. DioramaMaker's Avatar
    It's definitely the weaker of the contenders. It's just about the only thing I'd knock the device for, along with not being able to have a camera shortcut and a password.
    05-20-2013 05:52 PM
  7. firedoug's Avatar
    It sucks more than other phones
    05-20-2013 09:29 PM
  8. MrMercedes's Avatar
    Put it this way, Its better than the S2 and S3. Its still not good enough though, as far as i'm concerned.
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    05-20-2013 09:38 PM
  9. natehoy's Avatar
    Has anyone who owns an S4 previously owned an HTC Thunderbolt or Inspire? How does the screen compare in full daylight to those, please?

    A lot of my phone use is outdoors, and the Thunderbolt is utterly useless. I don't want to commit to a screen I can't use, but the S4 seems to win the "spec war" in every other way for my purposes.

    For comparison, I use a Nexus 7 sometimes outdoors, and find that screen quite acceptable. So if someone has an S4 and a Nexus 7 and can side-by-side them outdoors, that would be great as well.

    Thanks!
    05-21-2013 09:28 AM
  10. Love Divine's Avatar
    It's not as good as my one's. However, i was surprised at how it actually performed in daylight; much better than i thought it would honestly. There's an app called lux on the Play store that allows for full brightness control past the normal limit, as well as more aggressive auto brightness. It's surprisingly sophisticated... Definitely give it a try if you're going to be using your GS4 outside a lot.

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    05-21-2013 09:35 AM
  11. natehoy's Avatar
    It's not as good as my one's. However, i was surprised at how it actually performed in daylight; much better than i thought it would honestly. There's an app called lux on the Play store that allows for full brightness control past the normal limit, as well as more aggressive auto brightness. It's surprisingly sophisticated... Definitely give it a try if you're going to be using your GS4 outside a lot.

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    That's why I keep waffling between the S4 and the HTC One. I want outdoor screen capability, but then I look at the difference in camera samples, and I do a lot of photography with my phone... Decisions, decisions... LOL
    05-21-2013 10:08 AM
  12. jonathan2677's Avatar
    I have a s4 and a one, as far as outside the ones screen blows the. S4 away but I do use the s4 my daily driver in general is the better phone for me if I could take a few things from each and build my prefect phone. But I agree with the fact that lux def does help def worth checking out

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    05-21-2013 10:09 AM
  13. bgapfire's Avatar
    As someone previously stated, the S4 is definitely better than the S3. Having said that, it is not as good as the one in DIRECT sunlight (beach). Aside from that, it has performed admirably in regular sunlight situations.
    05-21-2013 11:21 AM
  14. tarnak's Avatar
    Thanks for the info, as long as its an improvement over the Rezound I'm good, I know direct sunlight is a killer on the screens, its more of like going under a tree with some shade, the Rezound still has glare issues.
    05-21-2013 11:49 AM

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