Nexus 7 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Brief Comparison between LCD and AMOLED Screen

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Google has been trying to make a mark for itself in the mobile industry since they built Android, several years ago.

However, it wasn’t until the release of Google Nexus One, that the company gained the status of a competent hardware maker. The ‘Nexus’ title is that point in the Android arena, where everything comes together in the right amount, to offer the users with genuine Android experience. Earlier, all Nexus devices have been released in the smartphone segment. However, the Nexus 7 has been released it the tablet segment. Regardless, the Nexus 7 is a budget tablet, which encompasses a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note series made a wave in the smartphone arena. The Note series came with an additional element, which made it different from the other handsets present in the market. The inclusion of pressure sensitive S Pen stylus marked the difference between the Note series tablets and those presently available in the market. The S Pen stylus might not be new to the users, but Samsung managed to improve the overall experience one would have with the handset.

The Note 3 is a successor to previous year’s Note II tablet. Let us compare the Nexus 7 to the Note 3 tablet, with respect to their displays.

Comparison of Display

Nexus 7

The $200 priced tablet consists of a 7-inch screen, with a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. However, the Corning’s Fit Glass provides strength to the display. The spec sheet per se screen size and resolution may not be something that the user has not seen before, but the display offers the user with a decent pixel density of 216-ppi and sharp details, providing the faintest and tiniest of text visible to the naked eye.

The IPS panel offers the user with natural color reproduction, decent viewing angles and superior brightness output for superb outdoor viewing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

In comparison, the Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, catering the user with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display offers a decent pixel density of 386-ppi. The Super AMOLED gives clear and crisp image quality. The color reproduction is rich and saturated with superior wide viewing angles. Regardless, the Super AMOLED display comes with a low brightness output, which makes the display unfavorable for outdoor viewing, especially under direct sunlight.

The Air View functionality, as that of the GS4 smartphone, extends to the Note 3 as well. The feature enables the display to recognize the fingers moving across the screen.


The AMOLED technology has been time tested to perform better than the IPS LCD technology equipped in the display. However, the difference between the two technologies is dependent on personal preference. People who are interested in watching natural tone colors can opt for IPS LCD display. On the contrary, users who want rich and saturated color tone should opt for AMOLED technology equipped displays.


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