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Know Your Smartphone Screen: Types and Quality {Part 1}

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Most of the time when smartphone buyers scout and shop for new devices to buy, one of the key properties or features taken into consideration is he screen size, screen type and quality. While size is of utmost importance to some gadgets buyers, the screen type is an ultimate decider for other. Also, the quality of images and colours produced by the screen is another smartphone characteristics some users put at the top of their buying preference(s).

However, the types of display used in most smartphones, their quality and the edge they have over one another will be discussed in this piece.

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1. IPS LCD Screen

I am pretty sure five out of ten smartphone users have heard of this type of display or one time or the other, used a smartphone that had this type of display screen. IPS is an acronym which in full, stands for In-Plane Switching while as you may already know, LCD still remains Liquid Crystal Display. LCD screens are used in most smartphones because several experimental reports have revealed that the display has better colour reproduction, better colour representation, better display resolution, and densely packed pixels compared to other display types.

Likewise, Images and texts are more readable in outdoor environment and under the effects of sunlight because of the inherent backlight that lights up the screen.
Some reports have also suggested that IPS displays have longer life span than other display. The long-lasting property of this display can be partly attributed to why most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) adopt this screen type in most of their devices. Also, IPS LCD screens are cheaper and therefore lowers the production costs of the smartphones. Most times, the IPS LCD display the type of display you find on low-end and budget smartphones. It is really economical.

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2. AMOLED Screens

AMOLED is also an acronym. The full word is Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) and this display produces top-notch colour and image contrast. Also, unlike the IPS LCD which has a liquid which displays whenever the back light comes on, an AMOLED screen isn’t powered by a backlight. It’s safe to say that this type of display is always on, but not totally.

AMOLED screens are costlier and this is why only well established smartphone brands like Samsung, Sony, HTC etc use this display on their devices. You barely can find a cheap smartphone with an AMOLED screen in the market. It has also been established that AMOLED screen uses less battery life.

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However, most AMOLED screen are not as densely pixellated as IPS LCD screens hence, lower image sharpness and quality. The quality of AMOLED screens have also been reported to deteriorate more quickly than other displays, but hey, they don’t consume as much power as other screen types.

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