By Stephen Schenck | May 31, 2011 2:55 AM
As if you couldn’t tell from our five-star review, we’ve been won over by the Samsung Galaxy S II. From its size, to its speed, to its beautiful screen, the well-rounded feature set made quick fans out of us. Sure, we had a few issues with some questionable decisions when it came to software, and a qHD screen would have been nice, but we’ll live. Not everyone is sharing our enthusiasm for the Android smartphone, especially when it comes to the display; some users have noticed their Super AMOLED Plus screens seem to have a yellowish tinge off to one side.
If you’re lucky enough to have a GS2, and are curious if your phone might be suffering from this defect, apparently the easiest way to see it is to turn your screen’s brightness down and observe a solid-colored neutral background. In the images we’ve seen, this effect can be subtle, but we can’t deny that it appears to be there (though we’re not writing off the possibility of the hue resulting from an artifact of the picture-taking process itself – no one seems to have gotten a clean, straight-on, in-focus picture of it).
Unlike when Google modified Android for a different color temperature, making it appear to have taken on a new, yellow tint, this looks to be a hardware problem; software wouldn’t affect just a portion of the screen as we’re seeing.
The non-uniform brightness we’re seeing suggests it could be a backlight issue. It may also be a result of the manufacturing process used to assemble the display, and will self-correct in time as the screen warms and leftover volatile compounds evaporate. If it doesn’t, though, does this seem severe enough to be a deal breaker?