iPhone X Which is better, OLED or LCD poll

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by m0sher, Sep 29, 2018.


Which is better LCD or OLED displays?

  1. LCD - Like XR & 8

    29 vote(s)
  2. OLED - Like XS & X

    107 vote(s)
  1. m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    Between displays like the XS & X OLED vs XR’s & 8’s LCD display.......which do you think is better?

    Just getting a consensus from MacRumor members which type of display they think is better.

    There seems to be a (silly) debate as to which is better vs which is better “to each individual personally” and I’d like to put the debate to rest, that regardless which one prefers, there is a better display to the populous.

    So to clarify, If no other specs matter between the phones, only the displays, which is better?
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The OLED display was great on my X. Love it on my MAX. I like the colors a bit better and the blacks seem so much blacker. There is nothing wrong with a good LCD screen but just prefer the OLED.
  3. gimmmick macrumors member


    Oct 6, 2015
  4. stafil macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2017
    OLED looks better for me, but I can spent hours using LCD without eye-strain and fatigue.
  5. zmon macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    I was always envious of the OLED screens on Samsung's phones, the LCDs on the iPhones just didn't really give off the same "pop" that they did. I skipped the X since I wasn't a huge fan of losing some screen real estate compared to the Plus phones, so I grabbed an 8+ instead at the time. My new XS Max screen is absolutely fantastic though, can't go back to a regular LCD phone after this. The color shift when using the phone at different angles is a bit annoying though, but I can get used to it.
  6. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    As long as you don’t have any health issues, OLED is better in a lot of ways. When it’s rated as the best display in a smartphone, that kind of speaks for itself.
  7. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    For me personally I prefer LCD as it’s easier on the eye and doesn’t seem to reflect pinks and yellows when viewed from a slight side angle. It also means I don’t have to spend a fortune on a phone to satisfy a screen obsession lol.
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    In terms of brightness, true blacks and less power draw, I would have to opt for OLED.
  9. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    What about LCD like on the 8+ I’m sure that’s better than whatever’s on the Xr.

    Personally I prefer oled though.
  10. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    Yes. The poll is flawed. For LCDs, the 8 is Apple's lower end. The proper comparison would be OLED vs LCD in the 8+.
  11. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Apple's OLED is better at giving people headaches, off axis color shift, and yellow screens. OLED for the win.
  12. kerplunknet macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2006
    Generally speaking, I think OLED looks better. Apple's implementation (using PWM) is worse than their LCD implementation. Anything that uses PWM is worse than direct current.
  13. Hernan4651 macrumors member


    Feb 25, 2018
    OLED. The price says it all. They are selling an LCD phone 250 cheaper than OLED
  14. dazz87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2007
    OLED is general is better than LCD...........but we have no idea what the hell is apple doing with these oled display.
  15. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    It obviously depends on the person whether an OLED screen is £250 better than the best LCD though. I know I wouldn’t pay that much more just for OLED but some people are very much swayed these days.
  16. StellarVixen macrumors 68000


    Mar 1, 2018
    OLED, if possible without PWM.

    Since that is still pretty much impossible, at least on mobile devices, my vote goes to LCD.
  17. EugW, Sep 29, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2018

    EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    In my case it's $450 more to get OLED. Crazy.

    US$799 for 128 GB XR vs $1249 for 256 GB Max.

    The XS doesn't count since it displays way less information on screen than the XR.
  18. Cryates macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    I voted OLED, really only because I love true blacks. Apple have historically had the best LCD displays in the business, so I’d be perfectly happy with an LCD as well.

    I prefer Apple’s LCD to anyone else’s OLED though. I pick up a certain type of ‘grain’ with other OLED displays that are not present in LCD or Apple’s OLED. It’s likely because of the pentile subpixel matrix, but Apple calibrates their OLED design at the subpixel level and it really shows.
  19. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    The screen on my Xs Max is very nice but to be honest the LCD on the 7 plus I had was really good as well.
  20. Blaze4G macrumors 65816

    Oct 31, 2015
    3 years ago this poll would be widely in favor for LCD. Stating how OLED is too saturated / too much burn in. iPhone has it now so of course OLED is better.
  21. upandown macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2017
    Not really up for discussion. OLED is superior
  22. sorgo macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2016
    LCD doesn’t give my eyes PTSD nor does it make me want to vomit, so that.
  23. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    I suppose technically speaking it can be stated OLED is the better technology. However with a topic like this you will inevitably get discussion over ‘preference’ which is very different. I must admit I answered with what I prefer rather than what is supposedly better.
  24. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Both have their advantages and disadvantages, the saturation and deep blacks on oled look great and for darker content it’s a battery boon, while pentile, PWM dimming and higher power consumption for bright content is less good. LCD has consistent power draw, RGB stripe, longer lifespan, regular backlight dimming, and tends to have better uniformity (IPS can and does suffer from colour tint/ shift to an extent though) but looks more washed out, is bulkier (being made up of several bonded layers), and lacks some of the features oled allows for like ultra narrow bezels and always on display without gulping down power.

    If I had to choose, right now for my personal taste LCD is still the overall better (more balanced and mature) tech.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 29, 2018 ---
    That’s simply supply & demand, with oled Samsung can pretty much ask what they want and Apple have to pay it. With LCD there’s a larger, more mature market keeping costs lower. As for why Apple are willing to pay the premium, they obviously value the particular advantages oled offers (narrower bezels, deeper blacks and punchier colours) enough the price and other drawbacks are ‘worth it’...
  25. Falcon9 macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    Eastern Canada
    I do not think there is a clear cut answer. OLED looks nicer in general, but it does have some funny little quirks that make LCD still superior in some respects. I’ve had my XS (first OLED device) for a few days. While I definitely love the punchy colours and deep blacks, I find my eyes tend to feel a little more strained then when I was using my 6s. Also scrolling on my XS feels a little more choppy than on my 6s, (esp at low screen brightness) but I gather that is just inherent of the OLED screen. The Sceen on my XS is amazingly uniform though. Every LCD device I’ve ever owned has always been a bit warmer or cooler from one side of the scrren to the other. Not so on the XS (though maybe I’ve just won the screen lottery :rolleyes:).

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