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Cell phone screen in daylight.

by franklaur / April 7, 2008 9:58 AM PDT

I have an Razr and want to replace it with a phone that I can see the screen in sunlight. The Iphone seems to be accptable but I looking at options, hopefully cheaper

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It will always be a problem
by Jimmy Greystone / April 7, 2008 11:14 AM PDT

It will always be a problem, it's just simple physics. The light from the sun will exceed the luminosity of the device, and drown it out. It doesn't matter what the device is, this will always be a problem.

The only thing you can really do, is try and position yourself in opposition to the sun. So say when you open the phone to look at the inside screen, you're holding it so that the back side is facing the sun.

Some day, someone may invent a whole new type of display technology that finds some clever way around this. Right now, I'd place my bets on work being done to put tiny little screens into contact lenses, which could also be put into things such as sunglasses. Of course maybe someone will crack the idea of a mid-air holographic display that doesn't require large sums of energy and is thus portable. Until that day however, we're left to deal with displays that are difficult to read in direct sunlight, and there's really nothing that can be done about it. Razr, iPhone, Voyager, or any other, it doesn't matter, you'll have the same problem.

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Depends on the screen technology
by LucJs / June 20, 2009 9:39 PM PDT

I use to have a Fujitsu-Siemens Pocketloox PDA. It had a "tranmissive" LCD screen, if I remember well (might have been called differently).

You could see that one perfectly in plain sunlight. The pixels could be lit by the backlight or by the sun, in both cases it was perfectly readable. But I suppose that they don't put those in most cellphones.

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I had a first gen Razr...
by run_va / April 7, 2008 11:18 PM PDT

I had the first Razr the day it came out, but was disappointed with the dim screen in sunlight so I ended up returning it a week later. Right now I have the V3xx and since then, they've fixed the issue. I'm much happier with this phone now, as I can actually see it in any light. The camera phone is decent 1.3MP, and it has enough features to make me happy while being relatively affordable. I recommend checking it out.

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by franklaur / April 8, 2008 5:49 AM PDT

Thanks for both replies I look at the V3xx

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Good luck!
by run_va / April 8, 2008 6:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Let me know you get a chance to check it out

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Qualcomm Mobile Display Tech mimic's butterfly wings...
by bobylon5 / April 8, 2008 7:45 PM PDT
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Pretty cool stuff there...
by run_va / April 8, 2008 10:47 PM PDT

That's really interesting, thanks for the link, I'm curious to see how it develops

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avoid glossy screens
by PastorG3 / June 19, 2009 5:32 AM PDT

One thing that might help... avoid the high gloss screens (when they are shut off). They are "brighter" but they reflect much more light than the mat finish screens. The only phone that I've heard of that is supposed to really fix this problem is the VirginMobile Ocean.

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