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iPhone 4 Retina Display vs HTC Sensation qHD Display(Which is better)

HTC sensation qHD vs Apple iPhone 4 Retina display

There Have Been lot of talks all around the world about the new qHD (Quater HD) displays that the new Android Phones are Flaunting. So we decided to compare the the qHD display against one of the best Displays out there, The iPhone 4 Retina Display.


If we look purely at size, it quickly became clear. Sensation clearly wins with a screen size of 4.3 inches. If you two smartphones thus comparing the Sensation in this area is a greater than the 3.5inch iPhone 4. Even when it comes to aspect ratio, Sensation wins the battle. The Sensation is using a 16:9 aspect ratio, the same aspect ratio as nearly all HD TVs. That looks very nice. So it depends on the size of the phone you prefer, the bigger HTC Sensation or a little smaller iPhone 4

Winner – Draw

Sharpness & Pixel Density

Like the Motorola Atrix, the HTC Sensation’s screen meets the criteria of a qHD screen – which means its resolution is exactly a quarter of a Full HD display. That might sound a bit rubbish, but that’s because you’re thinking of the HD telly sat in your living room. True enough, a quarter of the 1920×1080 Full HD resolution would look a lousy blown up to a 40-inch LCD TV, but we’re talking about a (relatively) tiny 4.3-inch screen here. If you’re working to scale, then the HTC Sensation’s 960 x 540 screen is more than enough to get that HD effect.

Of course, it’s still not as sharp as the 960 x 640 iPhone 4 Retina display. Perhaps a more meaningful comparison, given the differing screen size and shape, is that the iPhone 4 packs in a pixel density of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) while the HTC Sensation can manage ‘just’ 256. According to Apple, 300 ppi is just beyond the limit at which the human eye can pick out individual pixels when the device is held at 12 inches from your face.

Winner – iPhone 4


Ignore the qHD bit for a minute – that really only comes into effect in the other areas we’re discussing. The HTC Sensation’s screen is actually a Super LCD or S-LCD. This was HTC’s second choice of technology when it became apparent that Samsung couldn’t produce enough Super AMOLED displays to go around.

Super LCD screens are no slouches, but common consensus is that the iPhone 4′s IPS LCD is that little bit more vibrant, with a superior contrast ratio. IPS stands for In-plane Switching, which makes for better viewing angles and better colour reproduction compared to other types of LCD technology.

Winner – iPhone 4


A very sharp screen is nice, but those pixels also had quite a bit larger area may be distributed. The choice of a 4.3 inch HTC to combine with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels is very smart. The screen is very successful and has all the features of a top display. Also the 16:9 aspect ratio is smart thinking. Okay, a few dots on the screen of the Sensation maybe just a little less like the Retina display, but good. The HTC sensation qHD display has nice display and one of the best Android phone Displays out there but still the year Old iPhone 4 is holding the number one spot, though with a small margin, but still.