The glaring problem
IT can be really annoying when you're out in the sunlight trying to use your phone, only to find the screen is almost impossible to read due to glare.
This has been a problem with screens of all kinds for a long time. So with all the amazing tech minds around the world, why hasn't the problem been solved yet?
Well it has ... sort of.
While you can't buy a device with built-in anti-glare, you can buy anti-glare screen protectors for your phone, computer or TV.
The catch is these incur additional costs, and they don't look that nice.
At the moment anti-glare protectors create a roughened, matte surface, so you lose some clarity on your high definition screens.
Last year scientists developed an inbuilt anti-glare screen for smartphones and tablets, but this didn't take off on the market. My guess is because, like the protectors mentioned above, they create a roughened surface that reduces clarity.
One of the major causes of glare comes from the backlight produced by most screens today.
Your standard screens, so LED or LCD, are popular because they easily produce a broad range of colours, they have very fast refresh times and very high resolutions.
But they also use backlight, a big contributor to screen glare and eye strain.
So right now tech giants are racing to develop a technology that is easy on the eyes, super clear and fast-responding, but avoids backlight.
Electronic ink is entirely anti-glare, but it has a lot of limitations.
E-ink, as seen in your e-readers, basically makes your screen look like paper.
The problem is they are mostly limited to black and white text, and refresh times are slow.
So frustration over screen flare isn't quite over, unfortunately.
Yes, you could go out and buy an anti-glare protector, but I personally avoid them because I'd much rather keep the clarity in my high definition screen.
There are measures you can take to improve visibility outside, though.
Simply turn away from the sun, walk into a shady spot or just turn the screen brightness up to the max setting.
This is usually enough to see a clear enough picture for at least calls or texts.