Galaxy S3: Too colorful for its own good?
Ironically, one of the report’s biggest complaints about the S3 display is that it is too colorful. Because it has such a large color gamut — the range of colors it can display — images can look cartoonish. Ultimately this isn’t the fault of the display, as large color gamuts are the holy grail of high-end display makers. It’s the fault of the phone’s ROM and software.
If Android, or at least the S3 version of it, was color managed, then images could be displayed the way they were meant to look, and the additional color capability would only come into play when actually rendering very saturated colors in an image. Alternatively, Samsung could factory calibrate the S3′s display to match the web-standard sRGB color space — the way Apple has done with the iPhone 5— and dramatically increase its color fidelity without needing to modify the hardware.
Instead the S3 ships with its native color gamut — 139% of that of sRGB, compared to 104% for the iPhone 5 — so typical web colors appear about that much more saturated than they should.