Other OLED vs LCD

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side by side they definitely look different. The iPhone OLED colors are more saturated (if you like saturated colors).
But when using a LCD iPhone all by itself for a few days? You'll forget what the fascination and hype was all about. iPhone LCDs look great.
 

MandiMac

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If it's the only thing that would make you go for the iPhone Pro: You would only see it side by side and, when looking really hard, when using Dark Mode.
 

ruslan120

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If it's the only thing that would make you go for the iPhone Pro: You would only see it side by side and, when looking really hard, when using Dark Mode.
Respectfully disagree. The black levels are a night and day difference in terms of video, dark mode*, anything with dark pixels in the image.

* OLED saves battery on dark mode while LCD does not
 
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MandiMac

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Respectfully disagree. The black levels are a night and day difference in terms of video, dark mode*, anything with dark pixels in the image.

* OLED saves battery on dark mode while LCD does not
Gotcha. I was comparing an 8+ and a 11 Pro for a few days in broad daylight, in bed, on a dim-lit desk with games, videos and day to day usage. I personally really had to look closely to find differences. But I'm with you about battery saving, didn't really measure that.
 
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Septembersrain

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I got an XS and aside from the reception issues, the OLED screen was on par with my V30+. It was terrible, too much black smear during scrolling. I returned it. My LG G8 is way better. I'm assuming that the newer 11 models with OLED are better.

I still like the LCD of my 7 Plus though.

I think I'd be okay with an OLED now but if my selectiveness and budget only allow for LCD iPhones, I won't be disappointed.
 

Jetcat3

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Gotcha. I was comparing an 8+ and a 11 Pro for a few days in broad daylight, in bed, on a dim-lit desk with games, videos and day to day usage. I personally really had to look closely to find differences. But I'm with you about battery saving, didn't really measure that.
That‘s the worst way to compare the two. Direct sunlight greatly reduces contrast ratio which is why looked they looked so similar. At night, it’s like night and day no pun intended. 😋
 

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I switched from an X and XS to the 11 and could not be happier - well with the way the screen looks to my eyes. (And yes I did spend a lot of time in the Apple store with my XS next to the 11 before making the decision.) But what disappointed me is that after having the X and XS for two year and never saw a noticeable scratch on the screen (had a protective case that prevents the iPhone screen from touching surfaces but no screen protector), I now have a series of scratches that while I don't see them during normal usage, I do see them when the iPhone is off - especially when looking at the black screen at an angle.
 

DevinNj

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I have a Pro Max and my son has the 11, and I can tell you that if you are able to tell a difference, it would be very negligible, and nothing to worry about. People get too focused on what the specs are and forget about the actual user experience, which is what's most important. Apple has always had one of the best smartphone displays out there, be it LCD or OLED, they're both fantastic.
 

I7guy

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That‘s the worst way to compare the two. Direct sunlight greatly reduces contrast ratio which is why looked they looked so similar. At night, it’s like night and day no pun intended. 😋
i have the XS max and Xr. In bright light it’s tough to tell the difference. In a dark room it’s very easy to tell the difference as the backlighting of the lcd screen is apparent.
 
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A basic side by side comparison of Apples accurate and calibrated LCD vs Apples accurate and calibrated OLED will only show the increased contrast and brightness. Both are displaying the same color space so the colors should be near indistinguishable from each other since they are intentionally trying to be the same color. Points in color spaces that both displays completely cover won't show you anything worthwhile.

You need to use extremes. Find HDR higher bit rate videos or images with wider color gamuts.

Imagine if you bought a your first 4k HDR Dolby Vision TV and took it home and playing the exact same 1080p content you were watching. Depending on the previous TV the improvements will be subtle at best. However if you play a UHD HDR10 BluRay the differences are massive.
 
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etguler

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I’m upgrading my iPhone every year. After using iPhone X for a year, I switched to XR. And then to an 11 recently. I have no complaints. As long as you don’t hold them both in your hands regularly you wouldn’t notice a difference. Only blacks are noticeably better on OLED ones. Apple’s OLED screens are nothing like Samsung’s AMOLED screens anyway. If you’re expecting that much of a difference over liquid retina screen, no way.
 

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I've currently got a Huawei P30 Pro and even though the phone takes fantastic photos everything else isn't great.

So I am looking at getting the iPhone XR next week.... On Saturday I went into an Apple store and compared my P30 to the XR.

I really preferred the XR screen even though it's LCD not OLED. They both looked as sharp as each other and I would go as far to say the XR text looked better as the text on the P30 that looks like it has shadows around it.

The colors on the XR screen popped even more than the Huawei.

It has made my mind up that the XR is the phone for me.... or the 8 Plus as that is also catching my interest!!!
 
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