Older LCD technology the clear winner in direct sunlight

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Older LCD technology the clear winner in direct sunlight
The average Joe may not be able to tell the difference between a Super AMOLED, AMOLED or LCD screen while viewing an Android device inside, away from sunlight. But once you take the phone outside, some screens will wash out, others cannot be viewed at all and some are quite readable under the yellow sun. No sense in giving you all the technology involved, but we can say that the Super AMOLED screen actually uses one less layer than a regular AMOLED display, which reduces the price, raises the brightness, and saves on power consumption. Samsung is currently using this "super" technology on the Android flavored Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy S Pro, and on its Bada powered handsets. The manufacturer also produces the AMOLED screens that are used by many of the newer Android models like the HTC Droid Incredible, the HTC Desire and the Nexus One to name a few. The Korean firm has been unable to keep up with demand for the display and this has caused the Droid Incredible to have its shipping date constantly pushed back, as we have reported.

On to the video. A Sony Xperia X10, representing the older LCD technology, faces off against an HTC Desire with an AMOLED display and a Super AMOLED enabled Samsung Galaxy S. The older LCD screen does the best in direct sunlight, but the Super AMOLED is a big improvement over the original AMOLED screen which is just about useless under these conditions. Does the visibility of the display in direct sunlight play a part in your decision making process, when buying a new cellphone?

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Specifications | Review
HTC Desire Specifications | Review
Samsung Galaxy S Specifications | Hands-on

source: Techblog.gr (Translated) via AndroidandMe



1. saneok

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

I had the Incredible for a month and it was useless outside in sunny weather... I'm not getting an AMOLED screen phone again..

5. josuearisty

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree. DROID X is on my list now

2. Dark Asgard

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

Get the droid x like i am, im selling my incredible.

3. Vegas89

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 15, 2010

My Samsung Moment preforms fine in direct sunlight, but I really think it has more to do with how much your willing to push up the brightness and what all you have on the screen. Since I use the auto brightness and most of my setup is black with white text even the sun doesn't wash things out. Just my .02

4. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I'd rather have a screen I can see vs higher features like on the Incredible.

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Wow diapers all around. Good thing 90% of the time your not using your phone in direct sunlight. I'll stick with the organic ultra high contrast and ergonomics and advancement in technology, you all can have your LCD...while your apparently surfing, or having a picnic with your phone. Don't forget your sun screen while you drone out in public searching the internet or playing games...pathetic. this is why technology goes to a stand still and you hear people say "huh, that was a good idea, I wonder why that never took off?" Oh its because whiney batches complained about nerding out in the direct sun light. Seriously the 5 seconds it takes you to whip out your phone and try and dial a phone number but you can't see the screen so you wait an additional 30 seconds to get in your car instead? Ok......Im done this is dumb.

7. topher417

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 22, 2010

I own the Samsung Moment as well and I live in Orlando, FL. There is a lot of sun, almost all the time and I have no problem viewing my screen in direct sunlight. I don't have the auto brightness turned on, but if I need to view my phone in the sun I have the power control widget on my home screen, I hit the brightness button on it and raise the phone to full brightness when using it outside. The contrast ratio of this display allows me to easily see everything I need to at its lowest setting 95% of the time.

8. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Exactly, now, I know there are scenarios where you'll have a hard time viewing the screen, walking around Saturday market, car show, etc. while your in the sun doing whatever, your usually not active on your handset. So with that being said, how does this affect the sale of this device? Honestly to say agian, if your "phoning" in direct sunlight, chances are your not just going to sit yourself in direct sunlight either youll look for a cooler shadey place to sit, allowing you to use your phone to relax and enjoy the shade or cool place.. IMO all coments related to which is better is moot, AMOLED is better tech, thinner, brighter, "HD'er"...I just cant wait until they get big enough to watch TV on, 60 inch..

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