Published on 30 November -0001
iPhone 6 Polarizer finally lets you view your phone in the Sun.
There can be no greater equalizer in the battle to determine which smartphone display is superior than how it looks in the Sun. Our star equally crushes every screen, leaving people all over the world squinting and covering the display with their other hand to make out the text message they just got. Some folks defeat the Sun with polarized sunglasses, and in doing so find an all-new challenge with using a smartphone.
The polarized filter on your smartphone display lines up with the polarization pattern on your shades, so everything is ruined and you find yourself with even less visibility on your phone. Of the many things that were announced with Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus updates was an improved polarizer for the display. While that might not sound like much, it turns out this is actually a pretty big deal.
The image you see above is each of these phones trying to show you the any home page at maximum brightness. As you can see, all of them are equally terrible because none of them possess a backlight powered by a star. Maybe next year, right? It looks like you’re back to using shades when the Sun is out, and if you own a pair of polarized sunglasses where the filter lines up with these displays vertically, it means your phone is mostly unusable unless it is in portrait view.
Apple seems to think its new and improved method is the best way to go, so it seemed only fair to give it a shot against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.