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

What makes the Full HD IPS display on the LG Optimus G Pro better than AMOLED
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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: for starters, IPS displays have the most

Accurate colors

you can see on a mobile device today. AMOLED panels may look impressive, but their color intensity, which is often pumped-up, can be misleading to the naked eye. In contrast, IPS LCD panels are capable of reproducing colors as closely to reality as possible, thus producing a more natural image. In other words, IPS technology will give you those bright, punchy color hues only when they are meant to look that way. Furthermore, colors on IPS LCD panels tend to retain their accuracy even when viewed at an angle. The best IPS displays have

Excellent viewing angles

and produce little to no color degradation when looked at from the side. Why is that beneficial, you ask? Well, let's say that you're playing a video of a recent birthday party to your friends, and you're playing it on an LG Optimus G Pro, equipped with a beautiful Full HD IPS display – all of your buddies have gathered around you and can the video clearly no matter where they're standing. On the other hand, many AMOLED panels exhibit a shift of colors towards the cooler side. It won't be nice if that cream frosting on the cake looks blueish, would it? But it doesn't all end there. In addition, high-quality IPS screens are known for having

Better brightness and outdoor visibility

than most AMOLED panels. These two traits go hand in hand for if a screen has a high brightness output, it can outshine the sun's scorching rays and be usable even in broad daylight. In the LCD screen's case, white light comes from a powerful backlight, while with AMOLED panels, each pixel has to produce its own light. And speaking of pixels, have you noticed that an IPS LCD display has

Better sharpness and detail

than many of its AMOLED counterparts? That's clearly obvious not only when the display is looked at under a microscope – the difference can be seen in real life as well. Even at equally high resolutions, IPS LCD screens almost always deliver a more detailed image than AMOLED displays because of the way each individual pixel is laid on the panel. IPS screens stick to the traditional RGB sub-pixel arrangement – for each pixel, there are three sub-pixels representing either red, green, or blue colored light. A great number of AMOLED displays still in use today, however, used the so-called “PenTile” sub-pixel arrangement, which you might have heard of already. Simply put, each AMOLED pixel consists of only two sub-pixels, which in turn leads to a less detailed image and creates those fuzzy edges that can be seen around curved graphic elements and in small text.

So after reading all this, now you know that IPS displays have many advantages over AMOLED screens, and we're likely to have IPS LCD screen technology around for quite some time. IPS displays can be sharper, glow brighter, and reproduce colors as accurate as they should be. That's why you will see them on so many high-end Android smartphones, such as the LG Optimus G Pro, to name one perfect example. If you demand the very best, rest assured that IPS is the right way to go.

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1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You mean OLED not LED, right?

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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. :)

114. serge327

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 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)

41. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

115. serge327

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I think shuld be AMOLED

118. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

AMOLED stands for: Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode.

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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

16. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

htc one's screen is the best at all ! indoor and outside !

18. wendygarett unregistered

Life in ignorance are blissful....

50. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

In your dreams, dreamer...

91. erico

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

99. SupremeLeader

Posts: 6; Member since: May 19, 2013

a 360 x 640 res? no thanks im ok

29. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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."

90. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

111. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 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

124. onemoa

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

125. onemoa

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

128. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

As soon as I read this "Advertorial by LG: The opinions expressed in this story may not reflect the positions of PhoneArena!", I already guessed that most of this was paid advertisement. Agree with you %100.

12. Yeahman

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

15. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

33. Yeahman

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

110. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

13. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Emadshiny you are alive

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

30. Kurai unregistered

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

35. Yeahman

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

56. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

102. iushnt

Posts: 3147; Member since: Feb 06, 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..

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