Smartphone screens aren’t made equal, as there’s a major difference in quality between an entry-level device and a premium flagship phone. Between resolution, screen type, and color reproduction, there are plenty of factors that help make a good mobile display.
2020 has arguably been the year of the high refresh rate, as brands opt for this technology to enable a smoother experience. But Oppo also made headlines when it announced that its Find X3 flagship will offer comprehensive 10-bit color support when it launches in 2021.
So that got us wondering what Android Authority readers care about most when it comes to mobile screens. We posted the poll last month, and there was definitely a clear winner.
What do you care about most when it comes to smartphone displays?
We published the poll on November 18, accruing 1,415 votes at the time of writing. And just under 39% of respondents said that refresh rate was the most important display-related feature to them. We’ve seen loads of phones sporting the feature, enabling smoother gameplay in supported titles and smoother scrolling in general. It’s an understandable choice then, but a high refresh rate can come at the expense of increased power consumption.
Display tech (e.g. OLED or LCD) was in second place with 28.3% of the vote. This is another understandable pick, as there are definitely major differences between OLED and LCD screens. In fact, a previous Android Authority survey found that over two thirds of respondents would pick a 60Hz OLED panel over a high refresh rate LCD screen.
Resolution and color reproduction/color gamut were in distant third and fourth places respectively. The former is pretty interesting, as it suggests that screens are generally sharp enough for most users these days. We also wonder whether color reproduction will gain more steam among users in 2021, as it’s likely that Oppo won’t be the only Android OEM pursuing this tech.
Finally, dimensions and “other” were in fifth and last places respectively. Only 6.4% of respondents voted for the former factor, which might not bode well for those wanting a compact smartphone.
Thank you for voting in this poll! What do you think of the results? What’s the most important feature for you when looking at a smartphone screen? Let us know in the comments below!