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AMOLED vs LCD

Starting to shop around for a new phone and read about the different technologies.

With displays, my understanding is AMOLED and LCD are two different things... I hope! Can anyone explain the differences (pros/cons) in laymans terms?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Aug. 1, 2014 at 13:35

LCD requires the whole screen to be lit by a backlight as the pixels themselves don't provide any light.
AMOLED the individual pixels produce the light, meaning no need to use a back light.

This makes AMOLED more power efficient and display black better as it can be a true black by leaving the pixels off.

AMOLED can also be used in interesting ways like on the Moto X where detailed notifications can be displayed on screen without using much power.

AMOLED colours usually look a lot more saturated compared to the more natural colours on LCD.

Downside to AMOLED is it has a short lifespan compared to LCD, an AMOLED display may show signs of degradation after 3-4 Years of use.

SuperLCD being backlit can usually put out more brightness though, making displays more viewable outside.

Samsung Galaxy S5 display is the best mobile display available, even having the most natural colour reproduction available on mobile or tablet. DisplayMate said "the Galaxy S5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested", so going forward looks like AMOLED is going to be king of displays.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2014 at 11:31

Here http://www.androidauthority.com/amoled-vs-lcd-282084/

tbh, I find the argument irrelevant.
It boils down to personal preference.
There are phones with absolutely gorgeous LCD screens and there are a few phones with nice AMOLED screens.

A lot of people think Samsung's flagships have the most stunning screens. I cannot stand them. It's in the eye of the beholder, really.

spruceyb  Aug. 1, 2014 at 13:35

LCD requires the whole screen to be lit by a backlight as the pixels themselves don't provide any light.
AMOLED the individual pixels produce the light, meaning no need to use a back light.

This makes AMOLED more power efficient and display black better as it can be a true black by leaving the pixels off.

AMOLED can also be used in interesting ways like on the Moto X where detailed notifications can be displayed on screen without using much power.

AMOLED colours usually look a lot more saturated compared to the more natural colours on LCD.

Downside to AMOLED is it has a short lifespan compared to LCD, an AMOLED display may show signs of degradation after 3-4 Years of use.

SuperLCD being backlit can usually put out more brightness though, making displays more viewable outside.

Samsung Galaxy S5 display is the best mobile display available, even having the most natural colour reproduction available on mobile or tablet. DisplayMate said "the Galaxy S5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested", so going forward looks like AMOLED is going to be king of displays.

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