Brief: Google Nexus One screen resolution is actually 392 x 653, not 480 x 800?

Luke Hutchison, a self proclaimed “Android Hacker” and PhD candidate at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, loves his Nexus One, just like all us other Nexus One owners do, but his screen was not quite delivering the results he expected. Compared to the Motorola Droid, which has a similar 3.7 inch screen, but also a slightly larger 480 x 854 screen resolution, the text on his Nexus One was terribly blurry.

He investigated, and published a 3 page article on Ars.Technica detailing the PenTile matrix pixel layout of the AMOLED screen inside the Nexus One. It’s super technical, but written in a way that any layman can understand, and his thesis is this: the Nexus One doesn’t really have a 480 x 800 pixel resolution screen if you use the commonly accepted method for counting pixels; it’s actually more like a 392 x 653 pixels.

Do I love my Nexus One less after reading his piece? As the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere gets closer and closer (June 21), and the days are getting longer and longer here in Finland, I am starting to become a bit ticked off with how poorly the Nexus One performs outdoors. I’m not looking for a new device just yet, but after looking at Samsung’s Super AMOLED packing Wave at Mobile World Congress last month, and reading what Will had to say about the Samsung Galaxy S that debuted a few days ago, I’m definitely considering getting a new device by the end of this year.

  • Brendan

    Why not a Symbian device Stefan? You’re on the record saying that ‘Android is not better than Symbian – it’s just different’. Does that mean it’s different in a way that appeals to you?

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      I never said my next device would be Symbian powered, nor Android powered, just stated that I’ll probably be using something other than the Nexus One by the end of this year.

      It’s got to have one of Samsung’s pretty Super AMOLED displays too! 🙂

      • Brendan

        Okay, I guess I misinterpreted you where you said ‘I’m not looking for a new Android device just yet’.

        Yeah, the Super AMOLED thing will probably not happen on a Nokia this year I’d say – you know what they’re like. I’ll be shocked if they even put out a device with 512Mb of RAM (it’s much more likely to be 256Mb).

        • Stefan Constantinescu

          Whoops, Freudian slip. I did say “new Android device”. Removing the word Android from that sentence.

          I hold no allegiance to any vendor, or operating system.

          I just want the best.

  • Ez

    I feel betrayed a bit and lied too. So is this something HTC did to make pictures look better or something Google did? i want to know who to blame, definitely losing some love for my N1 thou.

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