Outdoor screen test: S7 vs G5 vs P9

The sun is shining, which is normally bad news for our phones…
Outdoor screen test: S7 vs G5 vs P9

We love it when the sun starts to shine. The big winter coat goes away, the shorts come out and we bask in the few bright days that count as the British summer. But for our phones, it’s not such good news.

Imagine the scene – you’re sat in the park or on the beach enjoying the good weather and pull out your phone to see what your mates are doing on Facebook. But with the glare of the sun, you can’t see a thing on the screen.

It’s a common problem, but some phones are better for outdoor use than others. So we’ve taken the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Huawei P9 to see which of Android’s top smartphones has the best screen for outdoor visibility.

Outoodr screen comparison


With a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen that uses LG’s exclusive Quantum IPS technology, we expected the G5 to do well outdoors. Unfortunately, high levels of reflection let it down.

LG G5 outdoor screen

The Quantum IPS tech is designed to improve brightness and contrast, and we think the LG G5 did well on both these fronts (just look at the blues and yellows in the top right of the phone screen).

The only problem was that there was too much reflection, which made it hard to see the detail on screen.

Huawei P9

Huawei’s 5.2-inch Full HD LCD screen has the lowest spec of the phone’s we’ve tested here, but it’s actually done really well.

Huawei P9 outdoor screen

With very low reflection, the P9 shows the loads of detail in the photo above.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung’s 5.1-inch Quad HD super AMOLED screen has been independently rated as the best display ever.

Samsung Galaxy S7 outdoor screen

The super AMOLED technology gives incredibly vivid colours and really high contrast, two things that are important if you’re going to see a screen when you’re out in the sun. You can see how colourful things look even in direct sunlight above.

With general outdoor use, though, it’s been hard to split the S7 and P9.

Let us know what you think of how these screens performed in the comments below.

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