Display Shootout: iPhone 6 Models Win ‘Best Mobile LCD Displays’


Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are officially (depending on luck) available in stores it’s time for stress tests and benchmarks. Raymond Soneira’s Display Technology Shootout is no exception: it measures how Apple’s latest handsets stack up against the competition. Did Apple manage to improve the display?

Iphone 6 display

After putting the devices under comprehensive DisplayMate Lab tests, that measured screen reflections, brightness and contrasts, colours and intensities, viewing angles, LCD spectra and display power, this is what Soneira found: the iPhone 6 is the best performing smartphone LCD display DisplayMate has ever tested.

Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements, the iPhone 6 Plus is the Best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested. It delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance. The iPhone 6 Plus is only the second Smartphone display (LCD or OLED) to ever get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories (except for Brightness variation with Viewing Angle, which is the case for all LCDs) since we started the Display Technology Shoot-Out article series in 2006, an impressive achievement for a display. The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch.

Compared to its competition, Soneira says Apple has used the best mobile LCD displays with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, though the Samung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 incorporate the best mobile OLED displays.

The display on the iPhone 6 has almost identical performance to the iPhone 6 Plus – but it only has a 1.0 Mega Pixel display, significantly lower than the 2.1 to 3.7 Mega Pixels found on all of the other leading Smartphones.

The display on the iPhone 6 is none-the-less still a Very Good display, and most buyers will be happy with its performance, but it’s somewhat disappointing that Apple went for satisfactory as opposed to the best. Maybe that was done for intentional product differentiation with the iPhone 6 Plus, or perhaps to improve their margins… With a 1920×1080 display the iPhone 6 would have taken the crown…

You can read the full report by following this link.


  • Shorty_dammit

    Except for mine, with its stuck pixels. *grumble*

  • Ouch. You get a warranty replacement?

  • Shorty_dammit

    They want me to essentially buy another one. And when they get this one back they’ll give the money for the second one back. Cuz, you know, it’s only fair that *I* pay for their problem.

  • Any Apple store in your area? I know you could try for a $29 express replacement (calling in) and get them to pre-auth your credit card while a replacement comes next day. Maybe ask for a supervisor to waive the $29 fee.

  • Shorty_dammit

    I’m over on the island. It’d cost me a day off work and cost me pretty much $200 when all is said and done to come over to Van to hit an Apple store. I’m more than a little ticked that I have to pay for their QA people snoozing on the job. Oh well.

  • In that case I’d highly recommend the express repair route over the phone. Press for the fee to be waived, since you’d have to travel to Vancouver. I’m also on the island and the express repair route is what I’ve done in the past.

  • Shorty_dammit

    Well, at least they offered to waive that fee without being asked.

  • So you managed to get an express replacement on the way?

  • Shorty_dammit

    Yes, thankfully! Looking forward to checking more of the phone out after work.

  • malygos21

    Is the iphone 6 and 6 plus using gorilla glass 2?

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