OLED is an emissive display technology - which means that it emits its own light, in contrast to a reflective display - which uses an external light source - an ePaper display for example, or an LCD which is a display that blocks light from a backlight unit.

OLEDs are bright, and provide great image quality, but because they are emissive, when viewed under direct sunlight (or any strong light source) they have a readability problem.

In early AMOLED displays, sunlight readability was very pure. The 2008 Nokia N85 for example, one of the first products with AMOLED displays, behaved very poorly in direct sunlight, as can be seen in the image below:

Nokia N85 prototype in direct sunlight photo

However display makers (lead by Samsung Display, the leader in AMOLED production) soon upgrades their OLEDs to included better solutions and today OLEDs actually perform better than the best LCDs in direct sunlight.



You're not doing the tests

You're not doing the tests correctly, the phone screen should be facing the camera, also, the Samsung Galaxy's screen appeared to fare pretty well on this kind of test.

These are not 'my' tests - I

These are not 'my' tests - I don't have these phones available for review so I had to use reviews already posted in the internet.

If you have videos that show the Galaxy or other OLEDs in sunlight - I'll be happy to post them!


how much nits is for the

how much nits is for the omnia II