One of the biggest differentiators between touchscreen smartphones is the display used. Considerations include the type of touchscreen layer (resistive, capacitive), resolution as well as the technology implemented (TFT, OLED). The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 uses a TFT LCD display, whilst many of the newer Android flagships from other manufacturers use AMOLED.
The benefits of the latter is incredible contrast, more vibrant colours and energy efficiency, however a big drawback is screen legibility in direct sunlight. Samsung are looking to rectify this with the introduction of the Super AMOLED screen in their new Galaxy S Android smartphone and S8500 Wave bada handset. Samsung says that their new screens have even better colours, are even more energy efficient and don’t have any problems in sunlight.
Greek site Techblog.gr wanted to put this to the test and compared the Samsung Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED display against the AMOLED display of the HTC Desire and Xperia X10 in direct sunlight. There’s no denying that the Super AMOLED display is vastly improved, but I have to say the Xperia X10 holds up very well. The HTC Desire is distinctly in last place. You can check out the pics below to make your own judgement along with a couple of videos.