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iPhone4 screen vs. 3G/S screen

View Poll Results: Do your fingers tend to get "stuck" on iP4's screen?
Yes, the screen's definitely a bit "rougher" than the 3G/S's 5 27.78%
No, there's no difference compared to 3G/S as far as I can tell 13 72.22%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll
11-30-2010, 06:17 AM
#1
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 137
iPhone4 screen vs. 3G/S screen

Now, this is not about resolution or crispness or perceived colorfulness. This is purely about the feel of the screen and the smoothness of touch/slide controls in games.

One thing I noticed when coming to iPhone 4 from my previous 3GS is that the 4's screen isn't as cooperative in games where you have to for instance slide fingers to move. What I mean is basically my finger(s) do not slide as smoothly and effortlessly on the surface of the screen. It's as if the coating was a bit different. Not so much as to make you frustrated, but not so little as to not to notice.

I feel the 3G/S had a more "greasy" feel to the screen, making it really easy to have your finger slide across the entire screen area without it getting stuck just a little bit. 4's screen seems a bit rough in this respect. Again, this is nothing big but I just need to know if I am the only one who perceives this small difference.

Thanks!

Last edited by globalist; 11-30-2010 at 10:48 AM.
11-30-2010, 06:31 AM
#2
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: London, England
Posts: 397
One thing I've noticed is the slightly yellow/warm colour balance it has. Not on all devices though.

I find it a bit annoying. I perhaps notice it more as I had a perfectly good screen on my original iPhone 4, but had to get a replacement after about 4 months of use as the home button stopped working. The replacement I just got yesterday has a noticeable yellow tint, especially in comparison to the iPad.

11-30-2010, 06:34 AM
#3
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 137
No please no, let's keep this on topic pretty please!
11-30-2010, 08:46 AM
#4
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,076
Apple has been known to play withthe color temperature both in software and hardware. My iTouch was cool, my 3GS too warm (like many others felt) and my i4 is somewhere in the middle (ie. seemingly more correct.) I dont have a color testing device small enough to measure the screen (I don't think, maybe I should try) so this is purely my experience talking.

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11-30-2010, 08:48 AM
#5
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,076
As for the topic I seem to recal the 3GS being marginally slippier, while the itouch lacked the oleographic coating altogether (I think). In any case the screen is far better than anything I've tried before (touchscreen devices).

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11-30-2010, 08:55 AM
#6
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: London, England
Posts: 397
Quote:
Originally Posted by globalist View Post
No please no, let's keep this on topic pretty please!
Oops sorry, I think I glossed over your first sentence!
11-30-2010, 09:15 AM
#7
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 1,227
I noticed the texture difference when I first got my 4 but to be honest it was short-lived. It seems to have got more slippery as time has gone on. I had trouble for the first few days but then this seemed to stop. Not sure if it actually got more slippery or if I just adjusted and eventually didn't notice.

Not sure if that's much help but I would be interested to know if the OP feels the same with a bit of time passing.

Playing : Dragon Quest 8 / Battleheart:Legacy / Monster Hunter Potrable 2G / Wayward Souls
11-30-2010, 09:25 AM
#8
When I got my iPod 4th Gen, I noticed that the screen was much less slippery than my iPhone 3GS, but as time has gone on, I can;t say that I notice it. Maybe its got sufficient finger grease on it it has now been "worn" in.
11-30-2010, 09:53 AM
#9
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 137
Yes, slippery is the word I was looking for! (not being a native speaker, lol).

Thanks! So it seems at least some people do notice the 4 being a little bit less slippery than the 3G/S. It's nothing big as I said but I find myself playing less virtual pad games for instance on my 4, as it's not so easy to operate the virtual sticks any more.
11-30-2010, 10:12 AM
#10
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 366
Quote:
Originally Posted by globalist View Post
Yes, slippery is the word I was looking for! (not being a native speaker, lol).

Thanks! So it seems at least some people do notice the 4 being a little bit less slippery than the 3G/S. It's nothing big as I said but I find myself playing less virtual pad games for instance on my 4, as it's not so easy to operate the virtual sticks any more.
I cant disagree more with this. I've had every gen of the iPhone & the 4th has the best screen when it comes to consistent sliding.

With previous gens, after cleaning off the screen natural moisture from my finger tips caused the screen to become quite resistant.

I noticed this more with the 3G & 3GS when I use to play eliminate non stop & remember not playing at times because my hands wern't dry enough to get a consistent flow. Mind you I'm talking very minor amounts of moisture. So it seemed like an intermittent problem, sometimes it would work well other times not. Even noticed it while scrolling through text via safari. It just felt gritty..sticky...even frictional.

In contrast the 4's screen has always had a smooth glide. My thumbs or fingers never get caught or stop in motion no matter if the screens dirty or clean, wether my hand is dry or moist.

Not to mention it's also more accurate when tapping from a zoomed out perspective. I noticed playing Gun Disassembly coming from 3GS to 4 that I didn't miss hit the smaller components as much on the 3GS & I also didn't have to zoom in as much to tap what I intended to tap.

iPhone 4's glass is far more superior.

Last edited by ArcheAngel; 11-30-2010 at 10:17 AM.