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Topic # 101945 12-May-2012 13:00 Send private message

Got a new Lumia 800 here which I'm setting up for my mum. Beautiful phone, but its seems the quality of the screen is pretty poor. It looks a bit grainy, and if you look closely it kinda looks like a checkerboard of pixels. If I compare it to my wife's Trophy, the Trophy wins hands down in terms of clarity, especially on text and webpages, and the Trophy is supposed to be a budget phone compared to the Lumia.

I doubt my mum would notice, but if this handset were mine it would really annoy me. I haven't seen anything online suggesting the screens on these handsets is poor, so I'm wondering if this one is a bit suss. It has all the latest updates applied.

Is anyone with a Lumia 800 able to comment on the quality of their screens?

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  Reply # 623982 12-May-2012 13:13 Send private message

Perfect for me here. Really hard to say without actually looking at the handset...





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  Reply # 624219 13-May-2012 07:49 Send private message

Doesn't sound right to me. Can't even distinguish individual pixels on mine.



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  Reply # 624257 13-May-2012 10:10 Send private message

Guess its back to the Vodafone shop then...

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  Reply # 624264 13-May-2012 10:26 Send private message

I presume the original plastic covering on the screen has been removed?



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  Reply # 624265 13-May-2012 10:28 Send private message

lol yes

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  Reply # 624272 13-May-2012 10:51 Send private message

Lumia 800 uses a pentile matrix display which is why you see checkerboards on the tiles but for me that's only If I look really close enough to the screen.

Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy SIII is also using Pentile matrix display even though I believe SII was using non-pentile. Reason? Pentile AMOLED screens last longer. Lumia 900 is using a non pentile matrix display so you will not notice checkerboards on the display.






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  Reply # 624283 13-May-2012 11:28 Send private message

So the use of a pentile matrix display gives the screen a longer life?

Comparing side by side with the Trophy its just looks really bad, and not as bright. If this is how its supposed to look it would put me off buying one, and I'm not even that fussy about that stuff.

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  Reply # 624314 13-May-2012 12:42 Send private message

I have both HTC Titan (non pentile matrix display) and Nokia Lumia 800 (pentile AMOLED display with Clear Black Display). The display on the Lumia 800 is far far better looking. I can only notice checkerboards if I am looking at the screen up close. like really close.




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  Reply # 631509 28-May-2012 14:48 Send private message

i just received my lumia 800 and can see exactly the same "grainy" look - can discern it when looking from about 1 1/2 feet away.

did you determine if your one was 'normal'?




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  Reply # 631539 28-May-2012 16:01 Send private message

Regs: i just received my lumia 800 and can see exactly the same "grainy" look - can discern it when looking from about 1 1/2 feet away.

did you determine if your one was 'normal'?


The N9 is exactly the same - it's purely the screen technology.

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  Reply # 631541 28-May-2012 16:06 Send private message

I nabbed a loan N800 from our Vodafone rep and yup, mine is the same. To be honest I almost prefer the old trophy we have lying around. Thing I most like about N800 is the nokia drive gps app. This could actually replace a seperate GPS quite easily.

Anyway, back to the iPhone for now....ho hum




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  Reply # 631579 28-May-2012 17:42 Send private message

H'mm well I can only say my eyesight must be poor. I can't see anything resembling "grainy" on mine.

And yes gjm, used Nokia drive while in Auckland at the weekend to get me to a cafe to meet family. Worked a treat.



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  Reply # 631626 28-May-2012 19:50 Send private message

Regs: i just received my lumia 800 and can see exactly the same "grainy" look - can discern it when looking from about 1 1/2 feet away.

did you determine if your one was 'normal'?


Yeah just accepted that's how the screens are. Looks pretty rubbish to me so glad it's not mine :-) my old Trophy looked better, and I've got a work supplied iPhone 4S so the comparisons to that make it look even worse.

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  Reply # 631669 28-May-2012 21:00 Send private message

i was comparing to an HTC trophy - text looks 'grainy' at that distance, but compare two identical photos onscreen anf the lumia wins hands down! Colour, saturation etc are all miles better on the lumia.




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  Reply # 631967 29-May-2012 14:08 Send private message

i looked at my lumia today, next to another one, and i could swear that the tiles on my home screen were larger than on the other phone as well as the fonts looking 'grainier'... i wonder if there are devices with slightly different screen sizes (pixel sizes) out there.




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