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HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display Comparison

by Mihai Matei on November 29, 2012


The HTC Droid DNA, LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are three of the most sought-after gadgets at this point and they’re also the best gadgets of the year. The battle for supremacy is fierce and every one of these handsets offers great overall specs and features, but they’re not really that similar which makes it quite difficult to pick one.

We’ve compared the Droid DNA with both the Galaxy S3 and the Nexus 4, and we even had a closer look at the Samsung flagship phone and what the Google handset have to offer and how they differ.

But, today we’re going to line up all three devices and have a closer look at the screen quality. This ought to be a fun one!

HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Display Comparison

HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Display Comparison

HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3

To make a quick recap in terms of what display each of these handsets has to offer, the Samsung Galaxy S3 packs a Super AMOLED 4.8 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 306 ppi, the Nexus 4 arrives with a 4.7 inch IPS LCD panel supporting a resolution of 768 x 1280 and 318 ppi, and last but certainly not least, the HTC Droid DNA is in a totally different ballpark, featuring a 5 inch S-LCD 3 display with an unmatched resolution of 1080 x 1920 and 441 pixels per inch.

During our comparisons between these devices, we’ve pointed out that although Droid DNA’s display blows everything out of the water, technically speaking, in real-life situations all three screens offer great quality and it’s not too easy to notice the difference between the 1080p screen and the 768p/720p panels respectively, unless you place the gadgets side-by-side and take a closer look.

Nevertheless, the difference is there and the closer you get to the screen, the bigger the gap between the HD and Full HD panels.

HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Display Comparison

Up close, the Droid DNA shows who's the boss

The picture above is a macro shot of the Gmail icon depicted on these three gadgets. As we’ve seen in another Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Note 2 comparison, the Galaxy device isn’t really that great when it comes to looking at pixels up close.


There’s a blue hue all over the screen and the PenTile matrix comes with disadvantages.

The IPS LCD panel on the Nexus 4 is a step up, but it’s not easy to match the fidelity of DNA’s display. Up-close, this panel looks simply amazing and there’s no mystery why, once you find out the fact that it comes with more than double the number of individual pixels than the other two.

Any thoughts regarding the matter? Drop us a line and let us know.

Thanks Droid Life for sharing the HTC Droid DNA vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 display macro shot.

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