iPhone 5 vs. BlackBerry Z10: Which Has The Best Display? (Opinion)

By James Geddes , Apr 26, 2013 01:14 PM EDT
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The BlackBerry Z10 and the iPhone 5 are two very popular smartphones and each offers enough features to make any smartphone lover happy. Today I'm going to focus on the display of the iPhone 5 compared to the BlackBerry Z10.

The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch 1,136 x 640 Retina display with 326 ppi (pixels per inch). Apple coined the term "Retina display" when it introduced the iPhone 4 with its 960 x 640 resolution and the same 326 ppi that is currently found on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5's display is bright and beautiful; it's among the best smartphone displays on the market.

The BlackBerry Z10 features a 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 LCD display with 356 ppi (pixels per inch).  It has a higher resolution display than the iPhone 5 and it also offers a slightly higher pixel density than the iPhone 5. The Z10's display is bright and sharp; it's also right up there in terms of quality of having an excellent display.

I set both smartphones to maximum brightness for testing purposes. I have found that the BlackBerry Z10's display is a little brighter than the iPhone 5 and its color reproduction is more accurate. It's especially more noticeable when viewing photos. Colors seem to pop more on the BlackBerry Z10; this could be due to the Z10 edging out the iPhone 5 in brightness.

The iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 are close in display size, 4-inches on the iPhone 5 and 4.2-inches on the Z10. Both displays are the perfect size to be used with one hand, unlike the 5-inch displays of Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4. I have found that the Z10's .2-inch difference makes the user interface feel a little less cramped than the iPhone 5, without making it feel too big. It's not a huge deal, but worth pointing out.

Text and video look great on both the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10, and it's hard to pick between them, but if I have to, I'd say the BlackBerry Z10's 4.2-inch display is more enjoyable to watch videos and read on due to its display being a little larger than the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5 has been my smartphone of choice since the day it was released, but Apple's Retina display is starting to show its age when compared to more recent smartphones like the BlackBerry Z10 and the HTC One. In my opinion, the BlackBerry Z10 edges out the iPhone 5 display slightly in terms of brightness, color reproduction and overall size.

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