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Apple Falls Short of Samsung in Display Color Accuracy Tests

by Jacob Kleinman | November 19, 2014November 19, 2014 4:00 pm PDT

Earlier this year, DisplayMate reported that the iPhone 6 Plus offered the  “best performing smartphone LCD” on the market, but how does Apple’s current lineup hold up against the competition? The answer is not to great, at least according to a new color accuracy study pitting the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 against Samsung, Microsoft and Amazon’s latest devices.

Before we go any further, we should note that these are the best six devices DisplayMate looked at in the past year. So even last place is still pretty good. That said, when it comes to color accuracy Apple just got trounced.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is clear the winner for color accuracy, while the Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tied for second, and the Fire HDX 8.9 (2013) takes the bronze. DisplayMate also notes that Amazon’s color accuracy has been improving steadily, and suggests that the recently released 2014 model will likely score even higher.

As for Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 both did pretty well in the red-to-green range that includes organic colors and skin tones. Both devices fell short in showing true blues, though, and DisplayMate notes that the smaller iPhone 6 offered similar results.

If you happen to be a graphic artist, digital illustrator or professional photographer then color accuracy may be a deciding factor, but for most of us it’s not as important as the operating system, design, battery life and a number of other details. That said, it’s always interesting to get some new perspective on how these devices stack up, though we wouldn’t take it to heart if your favorite phone or tablet didn’t come out on top.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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