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What makes the Full HD IPS display on the LG Optimus G Pro better than AMOLED

0. phoneArena 15 May 2013, 07:54 posted on

There was a time when AMOLED display panels were all the rage. People seemed to love them for a number of reasons that made them stood out among the LCD crowd – they were brighter, livelier, and easily caught one's eye. But as we well know, the modern mobile industry evolves at a rapid pace. AMOLED screens – the kind that are still used in a multitude of smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Nexus, to name a few, are gradually losing their lead. In fact, the best IPS LCD panels are superior to AMOLEDs in many aspects, which is why they are outfitted on may top-of-the-line handsets – the LG Optimus G Pro and its gorgeous, 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display being a perfect example of this. Allow us to elaborate...

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posted on 15 May 2013, 07:57 44

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


LCD is way better than LED
LED gives you fake and saturated colors.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:07 32

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You mean OLED not LED, right?

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:14 26

10. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


OLED is a type of LED
you must understand what i mean

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:28 14

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, I understand. I just noted that in this case OLED would be more accurate expressions since this article is about exact type of LED. And I have nothing against what you have said in your comment. :)

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 13:42

114. serge327 (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I am NOT agree with you... because some Samsung, SONY TV also advertise their TV as LED TV instead of OLED TV. :) (sorry for the bad english)

posted on 15 May 2013, 09:46 1

41. mr.techdude (Posts: 555; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Oled is organic light emitted diode which the col ours are well over saturated then led screens

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 13:46

115. serge327 (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


I think shuld be AMOLED

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 20:00

118. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


AMOLED stands for: Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:10 23

8. hung2900 (Posts: 813; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I had a chance using the LG G Pro and something i have to say
- color is not totally correct. White is blueish than S4. Overall s4 on movie mode has better color accuracy
- sharpness is the same as S4
- outdoor visibility is similar to lg nexus 4 and s4

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:29 26

16. hipnotika (Posts: 305; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


htc one's screen is the best at all !

indoor and outside !

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:30 9

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


Life in ignorance are blissful....

posted on 15 May 2013, 11:48 6

50. piyath (Posts: 152; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


In your dreams, dreamer...

posted on 17 May 2013, 12:00 3

91. erico (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Guess you haven't used a Nokia 808 Pureview outdoors. The best display outdoors hands down. ClearBlack tech only on OLED!

posted on 20 May 2013, 01:35 4

99. SupremeLeader (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 May 2013)


a 360 x 640 res? no thanks im ok

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:48 18

29. hung2900 (Posts: 813; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Oh thumbs down attack! As usual, no matter the comment is just a personal opinion or telling real experience, just saying something good about Samsung (except in Samsung vs Apple articles).

Here abt the screen, PhoneArena did say clearly
" What the GS4 can do, however, is to offer a more true-to-life AMOLED display than LG's IPS LCD. It used to be the other way around, with AMOLEDs struggling to compete with LCDs in the colors department, but something must have gone seriously wrong in the making of the Optimus G Pro's display, which is visibly colder-looking than the one of the Galaxy S4. Viewing angles are also better on Samsung's device, as the G Pro is quick to lose some precious contrast and brightness when looked at an angle."

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:25 1

90. sharks (Posts: 167; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


I hope Samsung is paying you enough to credit its S4 with these non-existing benefits.

posted on 26 May 2013, 08:45

111. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


"I had a chance using the LG G Pro and something i have to say
- color is not totally correct. White is blueish than S4. Overall s4 on movie mode has better color accuracy
- sharpness is the same as S4
- outdoor visibility is similar to lg nexus 4 and s4"

conclusion: you don't have a LG G PRO

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 10:58

124. onemoa (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I will say right now I don't own the G PRO but I find that the review is spot on. I am always dropping by random cell phone shop's/outlet's,and so on...

I own a T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 and I love it. The one great feature the Note 2 has is it in fact uses the RGB Pixel layout.

So in other word's it's one of the greatest Phone's you can get right now if you like AMOLED display's. The other great thing about the newer Samsung Phones with AMOLED display's is the fact you can adjust the color to you're liking, I am not a big fan of crazy unreal color's so I use the Natural setting. It has a lot more real looking color's using Natural. Yet there are people that use Dynamic and It really Blows you away. I can't handle it really. The Normal setting is a little better, still I find Natural to be the best for me. Then there is the Movie setting, there was a review done by cnet I believe and it turn's out with that setting and brightness all the way up you get the best contrast out of any display out there, it beat's the S4, iPhone 5, S3, ect. But you also must have the setting for (change color tone depending on what is being displayed to save battery turned off) I alway's do anyway. I did give it a try and it was very nice. The only thing is I never run my display higher then 60% Brightness I find it uncalled for. But if you are out in direct sunlight on a very sunny day I can see maybe going up to 70%.

Now that we have got that out of the way. I don't agree with the poster I'm replying too. That test was done with the Note 2 not the S4 and the Note 2 has the RGB Pixel Arrangement, while the S4 has the Pentile Arrangement.

So. Just because the Note 2 can beat LCD display's Color and Contrast with certain setting's does not mean the S4 can and the reason being is stated above. They do test the S4 vs other phones as well but the Note 2 does win. It's not in the same test though. But up against the same Phone's.

Now on to LCD. I do hope to see Samsung either use the RGB Pixel Arrangement in all of there future Note line of phone's, even the S5.. Why not. Or Samsung should start using IPS like LG has. I do understand it is a lot harder to make RGB AMOLED panels at high resolution on very small display's but it can has been done and can be done again. As technology changes for the better, they will be even easier to produce. There are also new methods of making RGB AMOLED displays and if you google it, Samsung seems to already have tested it in the Note 2. I company found a way to arrange the RGB pixels in such a way that it would decay much less then the conventional way you would line up the pixels, as well as using bigger bigger sub pixels for the colors that tend to dim over long periods of time on AMOLED displays.

Either way. I hope to see this technology used in the Note 3 or a nice IPS LCD display. I hope for RGB AMLOED. Just NOT Pentile.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 11:33

125. onemoa (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I ran out of text... I did check out both review's of the S4 vs other phone's and the Note 2 vs other phones and if you look at the statistics of the Note 2 vs the S4. The Note 2 comes out on top due to the RGB arrangement. I also wanted to add.. I would rather see a great ISP display then overall. I just dont think Samsung is going to change from there AMOLED. If they do stick with it that's fine and I do like AMOLED as long as it is RGB. I can't handle these pentile displays and let's just hope the Note 3 has a awesome ISP display or RGB AMOLED display.

And as I was saying they are getting better and better and making RGB AMOLED displays it's just much more costly. RGB AMOLED has it's perks just as ISP. So like I said, either would be fine for me. I would just hate to give up getting a Note 3 or 4 due to it being pentile like the S4. I was with a few friends the other day and two of them had the S4 and me and my two friends had the Note 2 (Three Note 2's vs Two S4's) we did some side by side tests and even with the S4's high PPI you could see that the image was much more fuzzy with text and white/gray. It also seemed as if there where vertical lines on the S4 display when the screen brightness was lowered when in a low light dark room the lines kind of went off to the left and right a little bit, it was weird.. This was just us messing around. We didn't have any high end cameras to take close up shots of the displays but overall that's what we seen. I just wish one of us had the G PRO so we could really show my friends with the S4's a nice 1080p display.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:22 7

12. Yeahman (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


You have no idea what you're talking about. A screen gives you colors based on how calibrated it is, whether it's OLED or LCD.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:28 12

15. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


im talking about what i see
you can't ignore the fact that LCD produces more life like colors or maybe you're a fanboy.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:55 8

33. Yeahman (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Because it's not a fact. I've already told you that it's a matter of calibration.

posted on 26 May 2013, 07:02

110. CellularNinja (Posts: 303; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


LCD technology has the potential to be more accurate with its colors than OLED, but that doesn't mean it will always be the case.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:24

13. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 479; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Emadshiny you are alive

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:36 5

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6668; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


How bout do some research on OLED VS LCD. Before you say which screen is better

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:49 3

30. Kurai (unregistered)


Triluminos tech is coming on it's way . . . I hope it will be better than the two current techs . . .

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:58 2

35. Yeahman (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Triluminos is a technology that uses Quantum Dots to widen the color spectrum of the backlight - it makes the display more saturated. It's still an LCD tech.

posted on 15 May 2013, 12:36 1

56. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


What are you talking about? You do know that LED is only backlight for LCD. If you tweak colours if you have rooted phone you can make an AMOLED screen look pretty natural. And SGS 4 have more accurate white than the best LCD. I would like for someone to use WOLED on a phone, it would mean a perfect white.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:52

102. iushnt (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


You are right that Led is only the backlight for Lcd but that applies only for led screens. OLED and AMOLED screens are much different. They don't have any backlight and their individual pixels emit it's own lights. Due to this, their blacks become very rich..

posted on 15 May 2013, 13:43

63. jackhammer91 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Advertorial by LG: The opinions expressed in this story may not reflect the positions of PhoneArena!

posted on 15 May 2013, 14:11 3

65. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


All LED's are LCD-based. LED's just have backlighting.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:54

103. iushnt (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Yes your are right.. However OLED and AMOLED are much different than LED. Read comment 102

posted on 15 May 2013, 15:25 1

68. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


TN is also a type of LCD and they are terrible.

posted on 16 May 2013, 01:38 7

80. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


AMOLED produces over saturated.

posted on 16 May 2013, 11:41 1

85. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


correct and best sample of this advantage is htc one screen..
one screen is best screen that i see since now.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:55 1

104. iushnt (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Personal opinion.. For me s4 screen is the best one that I have seen..

posted on 25 May 2013, 20:31 1

109. Mehrzad_wayne (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


I like OLED more, LCD has too much high (unnecessary) brightness and lower contrast than OLED, and I like more saturated colors, pictures and movies seems much better with OLED, and about the sharpness they are almost the same, you can't see the difference with naked eyes unless you make a macro shot of them !

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 19:59

117. uRiBiTo666 (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


when you say LED screens, you are referring to LED backlit LCD screens. they are like any normal LCD screen, but the backlight is an arrangement of common LEDs. in an OLED or AMOLED screen (I dont know the difference) each pixel produces it's own light. in an LCD screen, the light comes from a backlight. this is what makes them brighter.

posted on 15 May 2013, 07:58 18

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LCD is better, at least for todays OLED stage.

posted on 16 May 2013, 01:44 5

82. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


HTC One is the best example of it

posted on 15 May 2013, 07:58 13

3. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Gold Star no thanks!I still prefer my Note2

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:01 16

4. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Man, I love the Optimus G Pro! Unfortunately, it is not released in my country yet. Oh well.........

But I agree with LG, IPS is better than AMOLED, IPS produces accurate colors and it has excellent viewing angles. IPS FTW!

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:31 7

19. wendygarett (unregistered)


Amoled ftw!!! Enough said

posted on 15 May 2013, 09:28 14

39. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Totally disagree with you. Enough said.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:39 10

25. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


do you even know in the first place that this article is an ad by LG ?

"Better sharpness and detail " you can only see the pixel on an amoled screen that has less than 300 ppi, other than that, it is really hard to see. even if you can see it, it makes your eyes hurt. also, the galaxy s4 has a very high PPI. i can't see pixels

"Accurate colors" This is true, but actually this is a personal preference. some people like oversaturated color, some don't

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:42 5

26. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


"Excellent viewing angles"

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:45 10

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5490; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"do you even know in the first place that this article is an ad by LG ?"

Didn't you read?

"Posted: 15 May 2013, 07:54, by LG"

"Advertorial by LG: The opinions expressed in this story may not reflect the positions of PhoneArena!"

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:52

31. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


oh noes

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:38

84. Demiez (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


I never realized LG went to the IPS LCD race. To boast such feat together with full HD 5.5, but hey, lower that, & we have Iphone 4,4s & 5 & the puremotion of L920, which I was shocked to find out it was IPS LCD, that looks quite pale to me. Yes I prefer Amoled, saturated but legit...

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:01 3

5. kamejoko (Posts: 113; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)


ips of LG that's mean copy from PLS of samsung

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:30 12

17. Kurai (unregistered)


or it's the other way around

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:58 1

105. iushnt (Posts: 724; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


LG has always been copying samsung. HTC has always been inspired by Apple.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:08 4

7. Yeahman (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


You've got the trends backwards, LG. Quoting Phonearena here:

" What the GS4 can do, however, is to offer a more true-to-life AMOLED display than LG's IPS LCD. It used to be the other way around, with AMOLEDs struggling to compete with LCDs in the colors department, but something must have gone seriously wrong in the making of the Optimus G Pro's display, which is visibly colder-looking than the one of the Galaxy S4. Viewing angles are also better on Samsung's device, as the G Pro is quick to lose some precious contrast and brightness when looked at an angle."

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:12 12

9. tedkord (Posts: 5079; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Advertorials? Come on, PhoneArena.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:38 12

24. Ray.S (Posts: 263; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


One has to nourish themselves.

posted on 15 May 2013, 16:10 1

71. roscuthiii (Posts: 1857; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


You guys must be getting pretty hefty by now then. There's ads planted all around the borders of the site, some thrown in with the list of article titles, some pop-ups... it's really quite a lot already. And now with more and more sponsored adverts thrown in to boot. (Let's not even get into the articles that appear to be nothing more than click-baiting to get the brand enthusiasts all riled up.)

I know it's one thing to be compensated for a service/product provided, but it's quite another to agitate the user base.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:17 7

11. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


they really should have the best screens on a gadget! iPhone wont have the best screen if LG didnt make it. LG screens are also used by some branded electronics.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:32 7

20. tedkord (Posts: 5079; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


My main TV is an LG. The screen is beautiful.

posted on 16 May 2013, 01:13

79. Trex95 (Posts: 570; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


The LG IPS panel still no2 in the world. Best IPS goes to Sharp and screen technology of japan plus the Super Amoled screen tech made by LG that why LG sue Samsung over it.

posted on 15 May 2013, 08:34 5

21. boosook (Posts: 1070; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Finally there's someone that is starting to understand that "AMOLED" does not equal "BETTER". Yes, the contrast is better, the blacks are better, but the whites aren't (they're not even white) and the colors are not faithful but oversaturated. So they're better for some things and worse for other. But since they were made by Samsung and were mounted on every Samsung flagship people started to assume that every other display was not comparable to amoled. I'm happy that this amoled crazyness is going to an end.

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