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What’s the best type of screen?

I’m looking at different phones and some are LCD, Super LCD, Super AMOLED plus… what’s the best?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 12, 2011 at 18:50

Oh, gosh...
There are all sorts of opinions and studies and comparisons...
Super LCD and Super AMOLED Plus have the advantage of being a tad more battery-efficient - or so the makers say ;)

I personally cannot stand the AMOLED and Super AMOLED screens as featured on Samsung's devices - I actually get a headache; and I'm not alone (just google it). The contrasts are artificial... Others love the screens.
I really love the Clear Black technology Nokia applied to their AMOLEDS - less garish/artificial, nicely usable in bright day light...
I still find the screen on the HTC HD2 (TFT) perfectly stunning...

So, for me it's not something I would generalise! AMOLED on Samsung Jet: boooh; on the HTC Desire: okay!

As always: try a phone before you buy it!

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 12, 2011 at 18:50

Oh, gosh...
There are all sorts of opinions and studies and comparisons...
Super LCD and Super AMOLED Plus have the advantage of being a tad more battery-efficient - or so the makers say ;)

I personally cannot stand the AMOLED and Super AMOLED screens as featured on Samsung's devices - I actually get a headache; and I'm not alone (just google it). The contrasts are artificial... Others love the screens.
I really love the Clear Black technology Nokia applied to their AMOLEDS - less garish/artificial, nicely usable in bright day light...
I still find the screen on the HTC HD2 (TFT) perfectly stunning...

So, for me it's not something I would generalise! AMOLED on Samsung Jet: boooh; on the HTC Desire: okay!

As always: try a phone before you buy it!

run4fun  Apr. 13, 2011 at 09:54

Wow man never knew you could get headaches, I'll be avoiding that.

Thanks

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 13, 2011 at 12:41

Well, not saying all users of all AMOLED screens get headaches from it, and as I said - some AMOLEDs I enjoy. The best is to ttry a phone before you buy it. The Samsung Galaxy S has sold over 10 million times and I assume those people don't all hqve a permanent headache. But there are reviews that agree with my experience. Mmany others don't.
The point was: is the a best screen type. MY opinion: no.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 13, 2011 at 13:15

Enough of my opinion. Phonearena just posted a comparison of AMOLED/LCD/Retina displays http://www.phonearena.com/news/Super-AMOLED-Plus-vs-Super-AMOLED-vs-Retina-Display_id18088

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 13, 2011 at 14:08

...mind you, such comparisons are problematic for a number of reasons, among them personal taste - I for example don't like TouchWiz, its colour schemes and icons. Then there are different fonts used on different devices etc etc... Now I'm done (I think)

splatsplatsplat  Apr. 14, 2011 at 12:11

I have a samsung jet and think the screen is very good, bright and clear (how do you get a headache from a phone? lol). However, in some plain coloured screens or videos, i can just barely see the battery icon burned in the top corner.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 14, 2011 at 12:23

Don't get me wrong: Samsung's screens look stunning! But I'm using my smartphones for prolonged periods of time. The artificially sharp contrasts are known to cause eyestrain -> headache!

I did, by the way, not say THIS IS HOW IT IS ;)
Just that the issue was very subjective, and that in MY case, well... I can't stand them. :)

bob55  Apr. 14, 2011 at 12:50

Think the headaches is more the fact you need to get your eyes tested! ;)
Super AMOLED's look the mutts nuts the Nexus S screen is truly astonishing! the Retina display is also a very nice screen too, its just a shame its only the size of a postage stamp!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 14, 2011 at 14:24

My eyes are just phyne :p

LordCarnarvon  Apr. 14, 2011 at 16:11

I had problems with the AMOLED as well. Apparently a small percentage of people just can't use them. Same way some people can't watch 3D movies or get a rainbow flicker from projectors.

MobileNewb  Apr. 14, 2011 at 16:13

Really? I wonder if it's the same people who have those problems.

shuwaz  Apr. 15, 2011 at 02:19

Retina rocks... end of.

I have been through an ocean of screens (meaning different phones) and the retina always comes out on top.

Really hate to say this but... well done Apple!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 15, 2011 at 07:34

shuwaz,
I too hate to say it, but you're right. And actually I don't hate to say this. I don't get emotional over tech :p
If it works, why argue? Why consider who makes it?
NEITHER Jobs nor Schmidt nor Elop or Gates strike me as men I'd want to be stranded on an island with - I'd pick a farmer and carpenter for my shipwrecking every time.
The Retina Display is the closest to looking at a high quality print. I have seen HQ themes for Winterboard with icons that look like they had been carved by one of those guys who engrave the US Constitution on rice corns.
Nokia's AMOLEDs with Clear Black technology come close, but yeah, come to think of it, the Retina Display screen of the iPhone 4 is witnout a doubt the best. Now someone combine it with the camera of the N8, the sound module of the N91 and SPB's Mobile Shell 3D, and I'm buying :D

razerGS  May. 24, 2013 at 08:11

I get headache too. I feel the headache comes from the eyes strain, it is almost the same as looking at a CRT monitor. I just got a S4 and i love it but the screen is just hurting my eyes.

JanSt / MOD  May. 24, 2013 at 09:44

I get headache too. I feel the headache comes from the eyes strain, it is almost the same as looking at a CRT monitor. I just got a S4 and i love it but the screen is just hurting my eyes.

Yep...
I don't usually suffer from eyestrain issues, but more than half an our with one of Samsung's super duper AMOLEDs and I have a headache.

CTPAHHIK  May. 24, 2013 at 15:32

AMOLED has significantly lower battery drain than IPS LCD. As much as I prefer IPS panels I can't ignore the fact about longer battery life.

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