When you buy a new smartphone, what do you look for? Camera, RAM, Internal Storage and many other configurations. One thing many customers ignore is Display. And some of them who consider the display while buying, they only check for the resolution. What they forget is the type of screen technology is much more important than the resolution of the display itself.


So, in this article, I am not only going the explain the technology used behind the displays but also which is the better option for you.

So, there are two displays you will see nowadays on smartphones:

  1. LCD Display
  2. AMOLED Display

1. LCD Display:

LCD comes in two types: IPS and TFT. The most used one is IPS. It stands for In-Plane Switching. You would find IPS displays on most of the iPhones.

Polarized lights are used in the IPS. There are also two color filters used in IPS Display, horizontal and vertical filter. This polarized light is then passed through this filters to control the brightness and also to turn each pixel on and off. For each pixel, there is a use of 2 Transistors. You will see better sharpness and clarity on IPS since the pixels are packed closely together. But the drawback of IPS is that all the pixels are backlit no matter if the device is on. Even if it is a black one which affects the contrast and blackness. Also, the viewing angles are not good in IPS as compared to AMOLED.

2. AMOLED Display:

AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic LED. As the name says, AMOLED has an active matrix of OLEDs. When an electric current is passed through this OLEDs they generate light. Now, these OLED pixels are integrated with the array of the transistor and this transistor works as a switch to control the individual pixels. This is what helps the devices to take the decision of turning individual pixels on and off.

Now let’s compare both and see which one is better?

Since AMOLED produces light from individual pixel the brightness level on the display is less as compared to the LCD. But in Super AMOLED which was seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S5 can produce the same brightness level as LCD. Also, the colors on AMOLED looks much better than that of LCD because of naturally higher saturation.

If Power consumption is considered, AMOLED consumes less power as compared to LCD. This is because in the LCD the entire backlight is on whereas AMOLED is producing all light, a black pixel is off which consumes less power.

Another advantage of LCD over AMOLED is you don’t have to worry about the burn-in on your screen. AMOLED still struggles with this problem but on LCD you can leave any image for no matter how long and you won’t see any weird shapes on your screen but sadly this is not the case with AMOLED.

So which one is better? I would say LCD could be a better option but there is no any special thing about it wheres on the other hand AMOLED are advancing and Super AMOLED display has excellent color and brightness levels to match with the LCD.

So good quality AMOLED displays are a better option to go and LCD get the job done too.