PenTile Display and Animal Farm

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If you haven’t read Animal Farm by George Orwell, you should. The plot of the fictional work is summarized in the following statement: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” It portrays the injustice that exists in this world and that will run its course till aliens wipe humanity out – or humanity wipes itself out.

Remember the superb Maemo/MeeGo smartphone from Nokia, the N9? It was shipped with a PenTile display. Of course, all hell was let loose by critics. There was nothing that was said in favour of PenTile technology that was acceptable to people who had dug their heels in.

Those of us who owned and used an N9 sang the praise of that display. It really is good. But it isn’t good enough in Animal Farm. As far as critics were concerned, the fact that with PenTile, each pixel is composed of two subpixels rather than three as obtains on RGB meant that it was a dealbreaker. They simply swore that it messed up the N9 and that they wouldn’t buy it for that. It didn’t matter that the N9 has an amazingly sharp display and that the side-effects of PenTile are not visible on it.

Fast-forward to 2012, we see that Samsung has put PenTile displays on their top devices: Nexus One, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy S III. Samsung has issued glowing statements defending their choice of PenTile over RGB – and, well…PenTile has suddenly become a toast.

Yes; there have been some initial complaints about PenTile on the Galaxy S III, but the same folks who crucified the N9 for this are now giving the Galaxy S III the benefit of doubt on the same issue, saying that the side-effects of PenTile technology are not visible on the device anyway. True. And they aren’t visible on the N9 either.

There’s no justice in the world. What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. Here are a few lines from Lemar’s hit track, “If There’s Any Justice“:

If there’s any justice in the world,
I would be your man, You would be my girl,
If I’d found you first you know its true,
He would be alone, I would be with you

Both George Orwell and Lemar, though existing generations apart, were spot on.

7 comments

  1. (
    If you haven’t read Animal Farm by George Orwell, you should.
    )

    i have not.
    I found it here…http://is.gd/A8sUNp

    Beauty is in the eye of tge beholder. The average user cares less about the technological mumbo junbo. Critical issue, how good does it loo? Is the screen legible in scintillating sunlight? Is the display thrifty with power?

  2. Ah, but Animal Farm is far more complex than your brief summary. Remember it started off with “All animals are equal”; there was an evolution that finally led to “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. It reminds me of an article I read about discrimination and tribalism (a definition not based on ethnicity): “Tribalism is pervasive, and it controls a lot of our behavior, readily overriding reason”.

    In this case, it seems like more of an anti-Nokia thing i.e. they haven’t given us what we want. Remember that the N9 was also only released in few markets – it wasn’t released in Europe or North America. Where it was released, it was probably more successful than anticipated by the critics.

    Samsung today by comparison to the Nokia that released the N9 is a powerhouse. Has the market and the thinking about PenTile displays moved on from then? Probably. We’ll see if future mobile phone releases buy in to this.

  3. The Pentile display of the N9 was not its only selling points. I know that most critics also gave a plus to its unique suave unibody polycarbonate design. Of note was that most critics applauded the phone. If the N9 was a movie, rotten tomatoes would have given it a fresh raing of over 90%!

    I daresay that the greatest obstruction and critic of the the N9 were not Tech Journalists or Bloggers but came from an unprecedented and unlikely source. Nokia CEO Elop.

    He didn’t give N9 an fighting chance and was actually on record for saying that even if the phone (Nokia N9) even did well, that it would be discontinued! The N9 was an orphan. Dead on Arrival. The first of its kind and also the last of its kind. A truly endangered species with no hope for conservation. Thanks to Elop!

    Noni had stated clearly regions where the N9 was available. A shame that the Hatmattan was not actually Actively promoted and hyped by Nokia, it would been a bestseller!

    Samsung in it’s turn actually promotes the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy SIII would in fact be available worldwide! What the Galaxy S III lacks by having a Pentile resolution is more than made up for by it’s enormous pixel resolution and density count. HD Resolution. About 306 ppi!! The N9 does not have that much pixel density and the Pentile score was more obvious in the N9 as compared to the Galaxy S III.

    Yes. Me opinion!

  4. Afewgoodmen was on point. The pentile issue became over shadowed in the sgs3 with the pixel density, 306ppi. That is pure HD. Its was quite pronounced on the N9 with a pixel density of 251ppi I think. Though I get the drift of Mr Mobility, but even Samsung had to come out convincing the buying public that pentile is not actually bad news on the sgs3 as widely believed. They explained that it has a longer life span and that was why they used it.

  5. When you are in business and a very competitive one for that matter, you don’t use a technology that may bring you down. There must be a lot of good in Penlight display for Samsung to bet it on their flagship devices. Nokia did it when the world was not ready for it do they got negative reactions. That happens when you are too much ahead of your generation. Poor Nokia.

    I use a Galaxy Note and can’t see any difference between this type of display and any other amoled

  6. When you are in business and a very competitive one for that matter, you don’t use a technology that may bring you down. There must be a lot of good in Penlight display for Samsung to bet it on their flagship devices. Nokia did it when the world was not ready for it do they got negative reactions. That happens when you are too much ahead of your generation. Poor Nokia.

    I use a Galaxy Note and can’t see any difference between this type of display and any other amoled display.

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