Compaq led the screen technology front: its color devices always had very good screens, the 3600 saw the debut of so-called reflective displays which worked well indoors and outdoors. Unfortunately, the company stopped innovating after the hx4700 flopped…which is why the Data Messenger is one of the very few PocketPC devices which still have a QVGA screen. But can it stack up?
Our first competitor is Palm’s Treo 680. The iPaq manages to take the lead with a comfortable margin:
Nokia’s N96 is next. As Nokia seems to use a different color temperature, comparing its screen against non-Nokia devices is somewhat difficult:
Cutting a long story short: I feel that TFT development has now reached a point where large screen quality differences like the one seen in the Treo 680 review are history. All devices in this test have an excellent screen; the minimal differences seen in screen chromatographies are irrelevant for everyday users…