Recently, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, also deemed to be the Google Nexus Prime at one point in time has taken center stage in the smartphone market as the new big thing after the Samsung Galaxy SII and the iPhone 4S, which was released a few weeks ago. There were a lot of rumors surrounding the Nexus Prime and most of them had to do with the fact that it was being used to bypass all the legal sanctions imposed by Apple on Samsung. However, ignoring all that and looking at it a little more closely, we end up with one significant and quite possibly game changing factor: the display. The Nexus Prime sports a Super AMOLED display but not the one that is accompanied by a Plus, like the SII does. Does this make a lot of difference?
Well, it does. Firstly, the suffix “Plus” is used to signify the fact that each pixel on the display can be rendered separately by a specific value of RGB values. However, a normal Super AMOLED display lacks this feature and instead uses a more economical alternative wherein the pixels share the sub-pixels of neighbors and therefore lose out on color saturation and sharpness and render an image that is quite inferior when compared to the Plus.
Several reviewers across the globe have compared the screens of the SII and the Nexus Prime and the difference is quite evident. This is more so because of the increased screen size of the Nexus Prime. Essentially, the new smartphone has fewer subpixels on a larger screen and no independent RGB values. Where does this leave us? We have a screen that has poor color rendition and not-so-sharp images. The resolution, however, is maintained but enthusiastic Samsung users will certainly be disappointed with the change in quality, a distinguishing feature of high end handsets from the company as compared to all other manufacturers.