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Pentile – the downfall of Galaxy S?

I’ve been trying to decide for months now whether I want to get the HTC Evo or Samsung Epic. One of the biggest factors, the screen, is carrying me in the opposite way from what most would expect.  The Epic’s screen is being described as: “knockout”1, “Colors are as crisp as can be” 2, and “most important characteristics”3.  One really has to research more deeply before this term comes up: “Pentile”.

The rest of this editorial is a rehashing and commentary on the Ars Technica article on the topic.

If you examine the Evo and Epic screens side-by-side, particularly displaying text, you might notice that the Evo looks a little better.  The lines are straight and sharper; the Epic has an odd fuzziness at the edges.  It’s almost like you’re looking at one shadow-mask screen and the other one aperture-grille (I know it’s not a great comparison because of pixel technology, but it’s the best visualization I can come up with).

It turns out that while the Evo’s screen is made of the standard array RGB pixels, the Epic’s screen is made of an array of pixels, alternating between a double-width red with green and double-width blue with green.  What this comes down to is that some colors can’t be achieved within just one pixel and have to use two.  This is why letters don’t look as sharp.

So, while the Epic’s screen is great for playing games and watching movies.  For text-based activities, I think the Evo’s is the better screen.


Hero or Moment: Lesser of Two Evils?

As you probably know, I have been lusting over Sprint Android phones for about four months now.  So why haven’t I gotten one yet?  After all, the Hero’s been out since mid October, and the Moment’s been out for nearly two weeks now.

If you read my previous post, you know that there are pros and cons to each phone.  However, according to various forums, including and Sprint’s own Buzz About Wireless, it looks like both devices were rushed to market, probably to compete with Verizon’s Droid.  Here are some of the problems that have been discussed ad nauseum:



According to Sprint, a patch for the Hero is in the works, and for the Moment in talks, so we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.

An interesting post-script: because I’ve been wanting to get an Android phone, I put up a poll on SprintUsers (  Of the people who responded (duh), more than twice got the Hero as the Moment, but about 10% of Hero users are dissatisfied, compared to less than 1% of Moment users.  The sample size is 61 as of this posting, so make of it what you will.

HTC Hero vs. Samsung Moment: initial thoughts

I just had a chance to play with both phones side-by-side, and here’s my take:

I was dead set on buying the Moment because of the faster processor, hardware keyboard, and AMOLED screen. I’m not so certain anymore.

The keyboard was nice, but not fantastic. Coming from a Q9h, the layout is slightly different. Dedicated function key for smilies? Really? The slide mechanism seemed decent, but already a bit loose. Having used a Samsung slider before, I’m baised against them.

The error correction on the Hero seems much better than vanilla Android, at least on a “quick brown fox” test.

I was expecting the screen to blow me away, and it really didn’t. I played a couple videos on both phones and honestly much of the time I preferred the Hero. The colors seemed more vivid.

Processing power: 800MHz… that’s 2 times the power of the first computer that I had. And the phone still lagged. What?!

Call quality: I called home and my dad said both were equally ok. The earpiece on the Moment is signifincantly louder.

LED alerts… I can’t believe the Moment doesn’t have them! What good is a battery-saving screen if I have to turn the phone on whenever I am away.

Those of you who have used both phones or are trying to decide between the two – post your opinions!