Is the HTC Sensation dull enough?

, posted: 3-Aug-2011 14:18

A comment in response to my post on the merits of the HTC Sensation's display raised an interesting point. Although the HTC Sensation excels in brightness, and although the Galaxy S excels in blackness, there's a need for a lack of overall brightness sometimes.

As Geekzone's Jon writes...

"Another situation that arises is when using the phones in the dark at night, ie how low are their minimum brightnesses. For example, my iPhone 3GS is much much easier to use at night then my partners Galaxy S, which even at minimum brightness still lights up the room. We've had to revert to a widget that actually reduces the brightness of the individual pixels to try and make the phone less offensive".

It's a point that may matter to some potential buyers, and I'd promised to have a look at the question. Today's their lucky day.

The Prince of Darkness revealed!
Accepting the point Jon made about the availability of an Android app or two that will readily dim the screen when required, it seemed like an interesting technical exercise to attempt to test the phones brightness control without third party enhancement. Like the proverbial dog with a bone, I had a chew on it and the results follow. Not majorly exciting perhaps, but certainly illuminating, if you'll pardon the pun.



It's true. Incontrovertibly. Totally. Without question. Indisputably. No reservations.

The iPhone 3Gs has a dimmer display than the Samsung Galaxy S, and the HTC Sensation. If required, obviously. And also, out of the box. Although dimming the display of its Android competitors is available via various apps as mentioned previously, making the comparison a little meaningless, perhaps. But it is a fact, all the same.

However, the iPhone 3Gs also has a dimmer display at maximumbrightness than the Galaxy S and the Sensation. But unfortunately, there's no app on the iOS app store that makes the 3Gs brighter than its Android competition when required.

So a win to the Androids maybe? (Not that we Android folk are competitive, you understand)...

And in case you couldn't tell from the admittedly average image above, the HTC Sensation's lowest brightness setting was the runner up, with the Galaxy S a distant third.

So, that's settled then...

About the author:

Andy (ArtooDetoo) may be a relative noob in comparison to his fellow HTC Sensation testers, being merely an "Ultimate Geek" in Geekzone, but it hasn't prevented him from commenting at length on numerous topics and forums, with a prolific presence in the Geekzone 'Android' area.

An advertising creative in his day job, he also possesses a passion for tech stuff - software and hardware - and besides having a number of gadgets to keep him interested, he also has a background in software development.

These attributes should at least give him the kind of analytical slant to temper opinion with reason. He and his fellow Telecom Ambassadors have already been hard at work testing and benchmarking so you'll get all the info without the effort. At least, that's the theory. Judge for yourselves.


Other related posts:
HTC Watch on HTC Sensation in New Zealand
HTC Sensation: The Story So Far
Testing mobile data speeds with HTC Sensation






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