Ok while I disabled power adjustment for the display and set max brightiness i missed the "auto adjust screen tone" setting (which I wished was lumped in with the power adjustment setting rather being placed in yet a differnet location); anyways long story short disabling auto adjust screen tone improved visibility outside but it was still not as bright as the razr. Mind you the razr isn't great outside but does better than the note 2.
Btw the last really great phone I tried outside was (and htis really shocked me) Photon; I wa totally amazed how that screen technology performed outside it almsot seemed brighter outside than indoors.
Originally Posted by themichael
Note 2 screen tech is a full year ahead of the RAZR. Its much brighter outside if you disable (as you should) "auto adjust screen tone"