AMOLED vs IPS LCD screens



Join us in a fun Sunday debate on AMOLED and LCD. Come with your opinions and feel free to read some of our thoughts, then choose your side or play devil’s advocate to have your voice heard and engage in a friendly discussion. You can read our food for thought or jump right into the fray below!

Our screens keep getting brighter and richer, with more pixels in every inch of glass, all to our delight. The resolution war is far from over, as we now have the first 4K panel on a smartphone with the Xperia Z5. But we all know resolution isn’t all there is to a screen:

By now, it’s likely that we’ve all experienced the two preferred panel types, AMOLED and LCD (IPS in particular). Both have their pros and cons, both have been featured in some of the best devices Android has ever offered, and each is preferred by different types of consumers.

In this debate, we want you to state not only your opinion, but also which screen technology you think is best for the future of the platform. The variety and choice are great, sure, but is there a clear winner at the moment? And will that change in the future? Both solutions continue to improve with revisions and new workarounds, but only one can take up the slab of your next phone. So we ask:

  • Do you prefer AMOLED or IPS LCD?
  • Which one is right for you (color, brightness, grayscale and contrast)?
  • Which technology has advanced the most?
  • What individual factors do you value about each technology?
  • Can one completely overwhelm the other in the future?

AMOLED

Typical AMOLED subpixel layouts are not popular with everyone.

It’s no secret that Samsung is the big player behind this technology, with its flagship devices featuring the latest and greatest in their genre. Samsung panels have come a long way over the past two years, and they now offer some of the best color accuracy while remaining extremely bright and very energy efficient. Some users call AMOLED displays “oversaturated,” but recent panels appear crisp and color-accurate on “Basic” mode other than the default. AMOLED panels can suffer from an infamous burn-in, and there are still some minor issues with purple ghosting on many panels. These screens can also save you battery power due to their ability to display blacks without activating pixels, leading many users to opt for all-black themes. Finally, the contrast and viewing angles are phenomenal.

ACL

20150920164818964New IPS LCDs can be some of the most beautiful panels on mobile. Many of the best displays in various metrics, including brightness and color accuracy, are IPS LCD panels – and that’s understandable. These are known to be more color accurate from the start, and they were brighter than AMOLED panels until very recently. They don’t always have a stunning contrast, but the best in the pack have surprisingly good ratios. Viewing angles on IPS LCDs are very good, although generally worse than those on AMOLED displays. Most LCD panels (unlike the Xperia Z5) go for a typical RGB pixel arrangement which leads to consistent image quality, and there are improvements in this space as well by companies like LG and their “Quantum” panels. . Overall, LCD screens are traditionally well balanced, and when properly adjusted, phones with these panels top the charts and enrich the eye.

Discuss

A lot of the points that can be raised about these displays may come from the land of subjectivity, but there are also marked differences in the two technologies and the paths they take. While it could be said that AMOLED displays have progressed more than LCDs in recent years, it can also be argued that they had more catching up to do. High-end flagships generally have few issues with their displays, but both display solutions have proven to be worthy of the high prices of their leading smartphones. That being said,

  • Do you prefer AMOLED or IPS LCD?
  • Which one is right for you (color, brightness, grayscale and contrast)?
  • Which technology has advanced the most?
  • What individual factors do you value about each technology?
  • Can one completely overwhelm the other in the future?


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