1. briand's Avatar
    Has anyone else who upgraded from the 3G noticed the color tone of the new (S) model is a bit different, more dim and yellowish. Brightness levels are the same on both phones. Not sure if this is normal.
    06-19-2009 10:19 AM
  2. nyknicks4412's Avatar
    I am not sure what you mean by a yellowish tone? Do you mean your whites on the screen look more yellowish? I havent noticed anything yet...
    06-19-2009 10:20 AM
  3. briand's Avatar
    Yes the whites are more yellowish and not as vibrant, especially noticable when reading emails?
    06-19-2009 10:21 AM
  4. Jeremy's Avatar
    Yes, that is normal. There was a difference between the first gen and 3G as well.
    06-19-2009 10:22 AM
  5. briand's Avatar
    its much dimmer too. Not sure if this one i got is defective.
    06-19-2009 10:25 AM
  6. OmariJames's Avatar
    Yeh. the 3G S has a warmer display --- easier on the eyes.
    06-19-2009 10:37 AM
  7. cjvitek's Avatar
    I was just about to say...I remember people saying the exact same thing when the 3G came out.

    Chris
    06-19-2009 10:44 AM
  8. nyknicks4412's Avatar
    lol I still dont see the difference...must be pretty subtle.
    06-19-2009 11:04 AM
  9. jredecop#IM's Avatar
    yup i see it too, doesnt bother me though
    06-19-2009 11:48 AM
  10. Entertainment72's Avatar
    Hmmm.. may stick to the 3G until summer 2010 if this is true. I like the 6000k HID look vs. the sylvania 2000k one...
    06-19-2009 11:50 AM
  11. nerio's Avatar
    I notice that too... remember reading about that when the 3G came out and I think there was an update that corrected that for the 3G... maybe they'll do the same for the 3G S?
    06-19-2009 03:27 PM
  12. briand's Avatar
    I went to AT&T store and compared my new phone to the one on display and the coloring was same so I guess my is not defective, the color is warmer especially noticeable when reading emails. The whites are not as blueish as they are on the older 2G and 3G models.

    In screen settings I turned auto dim off and it looks brighter without raising the brightness levels.

    It may be possible the color tone has to do with the new coating to minimize oily fingerprints. And might be slightly dimmer to conserve battery strength. Not a big deal I am sure I will get used to it.
    06-19-2009 05:08 PM
  13. MikeDVB's Avatar
    I think it's likely on purpose. It's one of two things - reducing manufacturing price/cost savings or they felt it would be easier on the user.

    I did notice the difference with them side to side but the 3G S screen isn't bad at all imho.
    06-20-2009 05:50 PM
  14. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I feel like the 3GS's screen is a lot better.. In terms of looks and feel.
    06-20-2009 05:56 PM
  15. infenit101's Avatar
    Yeh. the 3G S has a warmer display --- easier on the eyes.
    lol you kill me with your posts.
    06-20-2009 06:36 PM
  16. msm0511's Avatar
    I didn't notice the difference til I did a side by side comparison. I thought it was just because I have Clear Coat on my 3G. To me the 3GS looks a little crisper,but that's probably to do with the Clear Coat more than anything.
    06-20-2009 07:36 PM
  17. PSM's Avatar
    I like it. I don't think of it as yellowish or dim (I tend to keep my brightness below half anyway). It feels easier on the eyes. Darker gamma, perhaps?
    06-21-2009 01:35 AM
  18. rainman50's Avatar
    I have the yellowish screen as well on my new 3GS. My older 3G iPhone looks more white. I checked with one other 3GS person and his looked the same way as mine. But another 3GS had the "white" screen like my 3G iPhone. We took a pic of them next to each other but I did not get the email from him yet. When I do I'll post it here.

    I know of another person that has the new 3GS. l'll check with him when I get a chance. I have seen posts on other forums that talk about the yellowish tint.

    I have an appt. at the Genius Bar at Apple tomorrow night.


    Dave
    06-22-2009 02:41 PM
  19. Bri Guy's Avatar
    I've compares my GS and G side by side. My new GS has the bluish hue - what I call "cool blue", like the 2G. My G has the "warm yellow". I much prefer the blue! Glad to have blue back
    06-22-2009 04:09 PM
  20. jsulmeyer's Avatar
    I'm sorry that others are experiencing this issue but at least now I know I'm not crazy. When comparing my new 3GS to both my 1st gen iphone and my girlfriend's 3G, I DEFINITELY notice a difference, both in terms of less color saturation/vibrance and less deep blacks. The way I was actually describing it to the guy at the AT&T store was that the screen seemed "hazy." In fact, the first time I noticed this issue was when I was syncing for the first time, I placed the iphone flat on the desk and sat back in my chair. At that angle, the screen was almost gray/white. I set my 1st gen iPhone next to it and it was much less washed out. I then noticed that when closing an app and briefly seeing a black screen before it is populated with icons, the black seemed hazy. I was SO frustrated (see below to understand) and was convinced that my screen sucked and my handset needed to be exchanged or returned.

    Now here's the kicker: This is my SECOND 3GS. The first 3GS I got had another widespread issue (there may be threads about this but, in a nutshell, the glass was flush with the chrome bezel on the left side but lower than the bezel on the right, giving the right side a sharp edge and scraping feel when swiping to the right). What's weird is, I didn't notice the color/hazy black issue on that handset. Maybe I just missed it, but I'm wracked with OCD, so, until I found this thread, I was convinced that my first unit had a perfect screen similar to the other two phones I mentioned and that the one I currently have has a crummy screen. My experience with Palm devices over the years was that the screens are made in multiple factories by multiple vendors, and you never knew if you were going to get one with a yellow or blue hue. Now I'm wondering if the same is true with the iPhone. Is it possible that my first 3GS had a screen from a different manufacturer/vendor and actually was more vibrant and that my new unit has a screen from a different vendor? Or is it true that ALL 3GS handsets have this hazy, less vibrant screen and I just missed it on my first unit? I'd really like to know, as I had the AT&T store order me another unit which will be arriving in a few days!

    Many thanks in advance for your input and feedback.

    John
    07-12-2009 12:05 AM
  21. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    I'm sorry that others are experiencing this issue but at least now I know I'm not crazy. When comparing my new 3GS to both my 1st gen iphone and my girlfriend's 3G, I DEFINITELY notice a difference, both in terms of less color saturation/vibrance and less deep blacks. The way I was actually describing it to the guy at the AT&T store was that the screen seemed "hazy." In fact, the first time I noticed this issue was when I was syncing for the first time, I placed the iphone flat on the desk and sat back in my chair. At that angle, the screen was almost gray/white. I set my 1st gen iPhone next to it and it was much less washed out. I then noticed that when closing an app and briefly seeing a black screen before it is populated with icons, the black seemed hazy. I was SO frustrated (see below to understand) and was convinced that my screen sucked and my handset needed to be exchanged or returned.

    Now here's the kicker: This is my SECOND 3GS. The first 3GS I got had another widespread issue (there may be threads about this but, in a nutshell, the glass was flush with the chrome bezel on the left side but lower than the bezel on the right, giving the right side a sharp edge and scraping feel when swiping to the right). What's weird is, I didn't notice the color/hazy black issue on that handset. Maybe I just missed it, but I'm wracked with OCD, so, until I found this thread, I was convinced that my first unit had a perfect screen similar to the other two phones I mentioned and that the one I currently have has a crummy screen. My experience with Palm devices over the years was that the screens are made in multiple factories by multiple vendors, and you never knew if you were going to get one with a yellow or blue hue. Now I'm wondering if the same is true with the iPhone. Is it possible that my first 3GS had a screen from a different manufacturer/vendor and actually was more vibrant and that my new unit has a screen from a different vendor? Or is it true that ALL 3GS handsets have this hazy, less vibrant screen and I just missed it on my first unit? I'd really like to know, as I had the AT&T store order me another unit which will be arriving in a few days!

    Many thanks in advance for your input and feedback.

    John
    As a few people said, there was a difference between the 1st gen and the 3G and now there's probably a different between the 3G and the 3G S...I believe it may be done on purpose.

    Warmer tones are easier on the eyes, and may even be a bit better on battery life, not really sure on that last one, but I'd think it would make sense...

    To me, I really couldn't tell unless I put the two phones side by side, and if I can't tell, there's not really an issue. I like the display on the 3G S. Mine is still crisp and clean, don't know if there's a "hue" difference as I haven't bothered to compare.

    It should not, however, look different from a separate angle, I just looked, and mine does not unless I hold it at a very odd angle, almost vertical, then I see a bit of a difference.

    If it's hazy, that may not be normal, your best bet is to compare it to other 3G Ses and see if you still see a difference (make sure to put them on the same brightness level).
    07-12-2009 12:21 AM
  22. jsulmeyer's Avatar
    Thanks for the speedy reply. Mine definitely looks hazier as I tip it forward. I plan on going to the apple store tomorrow or Monday to compare. I'm not sure if they display the 3GS units (I always see 8GB 3G units on display) but hopefully they do, given the new features.

    Thanks again very much for the input.
    07-12-2009 12:31 AM
  23. jsulmeyer's Avatar
    Went to the apple store - some have the screen like mine that is hazy and gets hazier as you tip it forward; others have the screen similar to the 3G that has darker blacks, more saturated colors and that gets darker as you tip it forward. The manager said that unless the genius bar considers mine 'defective' as opposed to "within acceptable limits" they will not swap it out for me. At most, they might swap the screen. The last thing I want them to do to my new $300 phone is open it up and swap out the screen. They did say that if I return my unit to AT&T (tomorrow is my last day to do so) and walked into the apple store to buy a new 3GS, they would, at most, open 2 or possibly three boxes to find one that satisfies me but there is absolutely no guarantee that, if I actually did do this that a) they would follow through with this and b) that the phones would be any different than the one I have.

    UGGH!
    07-17-2009 11:22 PM
  24. DMB247's Avatar
    For any new comers wondering, I never had a prevvious iPhone, but I notice no yellowish tint on my 3GS
    07-18-2009 06:40 AM
  25. Jellotime91's Avatar
    It's done on purpose, but I'm not sure if I like the new screen. When I am watching a video on the iPhone, if the screen is tilted, the picture becomes noticeably yellowy/greenish, which didn't happen on the 3G. Also, when I'm watching a video and I resize it to fill the screen, the picture gets a little more purple or green in hue. I also just got my first pair of prescription glasses though so maybe I'm just noticing it now XD but it's very noticeable to me
    07-18-2009 10:52 AM
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