$570 Android phone beats iPhone 14 Pro | ENBLE

$570 Android phone beats iPhone 14 Pro | ENBLE

The Honor 90: A Smartphone for Nighttime Reading and Beyond

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Do you find it difficult to use your smartphone at night because it strains your eyes and gives you headaches? If so, you’re not alone. Many people, like myself, struggle with using smartphones in low light conditions or have developed sensitivity to Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM), a flickering effect that can cause nausea and discomfort. Thankfully, the Honor 90 offers a solution to these problems.

As someone who has the privilege of trying out multiple smartphones, I have discovered that the Honor 90 is my go-to phone for nighttime reading and research. Its 3840Hz PWM display has made a significant difference in my experience. But in order to truly understand the impact of this feature, we need to delve into the world of PWM dimming and its effects on our eyes.

Understanding PWM Dimming and How the Honor 90 Helps

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All smartphone screens, whether LCD or OLED, are composed of small LEDs that turn on and off to display images and content. The majority of flagship smartphones today utilize OLED displays.

However, LEDs operate on digital signals, meaning they can only be fully on (1) or off (0), lacking the ability to emit varying intensities of light like analog signals. When you adjust the screen brightness on your smartphone, the duration between the LEDs staying on and off changes, creating the illusion of dimming or brightening.

This rapid toggling of LEDs is known as Pulse Width Modulation or PWM dimming. PWM is responsible for the flickering effect on smartphone screens. A high flickering speed allows our eyes to perceive a continuous display, while a lower flicker rate strains the eyes and can lead to nausea and headaches. Imagine a torch being rapidly turned on and off in a dark room – it would undoubtedly cause discomfort for your eyes. However, a very high toggle frequency wouldn’t affect the brain as severely, allowing it to perceive the light as being constantly on.

The Honor 90 boasts an incredibly high PWM rate of 3,840Hz, nearly 8 times faster than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and up to 16 times faster than the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. This high PWM rate ensures that even when using the phone in low brightness settings, I haven’t experienced any headaches or eye strain. Additionally, the Honor 90 offers a Circadian Night Display feature that adjusts the screen’s brightness to align with our natural circadian rhythms. These two features combine to provide a better visual experience than most other smartphones on the market.

A Solid Android Phone with Excellent Features

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Aside from its exceptional PWM display, the Honor 90 offers a range of other impressive features. Its 6.7-inch OLED display with a 1200 x 2664 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate provides a vivid and immersive viewing experience. The phone supports HDR10+ media, ensuring that content on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube looks fantastic. The quad-curve display design minimizes bezels, enhancing the overall viewing experience. The screen also reaches a brightness of up to 1,600 nits, making it easily readable even in direct sunlight.

The Honor 90’s design is both comfortable to hold and lightweight at 183 grams. The matte texture contributes to a pleasing in-hand feel, while the gradient texture adds a touch of elegance. The only drawback in terms of design is the absence of stereo speakers.

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When it comes to the camera, the Honor 90 doesn’t disappoint. Its two circular camera modules may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but they house a powerful 200MP primary camera. This camera captures detailed images that can be zoomed in without losing clarity. The dynamic range and color output are also impressive. The 12MP ultrawide lens captures great shots in bright daylight, although low-light performance leaves room for improvement. The 2MP depth sensor complements portrait photography, while the 50MP front-facing selfie camera delivers excellent results.

Powering the Honor 90 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, which is paired with 8GB/12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. It runs MagicOS 7.1, based on Android 13, although the user interface can feel a bit cluttered. However, in day-to-day use, the phone performs admirably, with smooth app switching and multitasking. The 5,000mAh battery coupled with 66-watt fast charging ensures that the phone will easily last a full day.

An Affordable Midrange Device with Exceptional Features

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Priced at 450 British pounds in the U.K., the Honor 90 is a solid midrange smartphone. It offers the best display in its segment, along with a comfortable design, a powerful 200MP camera, great performance, and long-lasting battery life.

It remains to be seen if Honor’s focus on PWM dimming will inspire other companies to follow suit, but it’s certainly a feature that should receive more attention. Although not the flashiest feature, PWM dimming is crucial for reducing eye strain and discomfort. Companies like Apple and Samsung would benefit from prioritizing the well-being of their users’ eyes.

Overall, the Honor 90 is an excellent smartphone that addresses the need for comfortable smartphone usage in low light conditions. Its high PWM rate and Circadian Night Display feature ensure a pleasant viewing experience, making it an ideal choice for nighttime reading and beyond.