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  1. Hand76

    Hand76 Guest

    You start off by saying "Let me get this straight" which makes it sound like you have a question. Then you go on to say they that the screens well be amoled because they have to go through the fcc....ok....but you go on to add that "even if you get an lcd screen" part which negates anything you just said prior to that.

    Also where did this mini rant come from? Not like these board are flooded with this one question, some people are just concerned.

  2. Optimus Droid

    Optimus Droid Well-Known Member

    There is no reason to be afraid ever. Most people on here can't even tell the difference between AMOLED and LCD. They care because they want amoled because everyone else has it which is understandable but if DInc does go LCD there is nothing you can do about it. Either you take it or leave it. HTC is not going to send you one with an AMOLED screen after the switch.

    I believe 'let me get this straight' can also be used in non-question situations. Yes 'even if they get an LCD' is the worst case scenario because people here are paranoid. Please look at the posts. There are tons of em.
  3. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA) VIP Member

    I'm gonna merge this with the LCD vs AMOLED thread as these are two very similar topics
  4. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    This makes the most sense and the only practical way would really be to add a new SKU.

    1. BOM changed
    2. FCC
    3. Legal reasons such as California. My company deals with a lot of retail support there, so I know excactly what I am talking about :( Great place, but waaaay too much legal bait.
  5. KB3MMX

    KB3MMX Well-Known Member

    Not at all, we want the modern improved screen with the better picture, not yesterday's technology(LCD)
  6. fearmyaxe

    fearmyaxe Member

    EDIT. Sorry post was moved. I see there is a topic for this already. Deleted my post as it was unnecessary.
  7. FramCire

    FramCire Well-Known Member




    Please do a search of topics before you post. This has been asked 1000000 times.

    Welcome aboard!
  8. Tony N.

    Tony N. Well-Known Member

    There were rumors going around about this? How come I have yet seen one out yet? It's been a month since they announced this.
  9. jayjay1122

    jayjay1122 Well-Known Member

    because the list of devices making the change was published and the Incredible was not on it...
  10. yojoe600

    yojoe600 Well-Known Member

    its not going to happen yet bc they still have enough since they changed the other devices
  11. vette10

    vette10 New Member

    Just recieved my incredible today and was wondering if there is any way to find out if your screen is the amoled or slcd screen.
  12. sabrewings

    sabrewings Well-Known Member

    Are you holding an Incredible? If yes, it is AMOLED.

    For the last time, there are no LCD Incredibles and until HTC officially announces otherwise, there won't be.
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  13. jrmckins

    jrmckins Well-Known Member

    Make that your signature
  14. Medion

    Medion Well-Known Member

    I figured I'd throw my 2 cents in here. I promised myself that if I ever finally registered here, I'd respond to this thread. As stated by many people, the Droid Incredible still uses and AMOLED screen. The LCD switch went to the Nexus One (which is still sold internationally) and the Desire. This freed up the AMOLED screens that would have gone to them, to now go to the Incredible only.

    As for AMOLED vs. LCD, it's not so nearly one-sided as many believe. Each technology has it's advantages. For example, AMOLED tends to be over saturated. LCD can be spot on, grossly under saturated, or somewhere in between. A Few examples would be the original Droid, which was near spot on in color reproduction. The Droid X was a little under saturated, likely to help preserve battery life. The "Retina" display of the Iphone 4 is grossly under saturated, an obvious attempt to consume less battery.

    Also, as we all know, LCD is usually more visible in direct sunlight. While the Incredible's OLED puts out roughly 250 nits (brightness) at max brightness (a typical desktop monitor is 250-350 nits, btw), the Iphone 4 and comparable devices puts out 400-500 at max brightness. They just don't compare in direct sunlight.

    OLED has two other distinct advantages. Due to being self emissive, OLED has a naturally better contrast ratio. Also, due to having a natural response time of almost zero (like CRT), there's not "ghosting" effect, making motion more fluid and natural looking.

    So, if you've got a PMP (portable media player) that you use primarily indoors, OLED us superior. If you have a device you plan to use outdoors more often, LCD is more usable.

    Of course, Samsung didn't do use any favors when they switched to the Pentile Matrix array for the sake of reducing costs and battery consumption. Despite a resolution of 480x800, in certain situations the resolution can dip as low as 392x653. This is because each pixel doesn't have the same subpixels, meaning when certain colors are displayed, one pixel has to borrow from another, thus condensing effective pixels. The other effect of this when pixel sharing isn't feasible is a noticeable color banding effect.

    Bottom line is, provided the S-LCD used in the Desire/N1 was a true-24bit display, I'd prefer that over the current OLED screen. But, I'm happy with my OLED screen, as it's more than sufficient.
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  15. eatingchips

    eatingchips Member

    I received two incredibles 4 weeks apart, both brand new from Verizon. I couldn't help but notice the display was obviously different.

    Here's a picture of the two side by side:

    I don't know why that is, I'm assuming they switched the incredible to SLCD. Both run the stock software that comes default. Both had brightness maxed out with auto-brightness off.

    What do you guys make of this? Do you really think they switched to SLCD on the incredible?

    Kind of torn deciding which to keep since it's an exchange.

    Guess which one is the newer one and which is the older? Answer------------->Left one is the older phone, Right is the newer one.
  16. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Legally, they can not, unless the new display had a new SKU and FCC approval. Also, the new firmware shows the OLED as a spec in the red feature cloud, when 2.2 boots up.

    The again, if it is a refurb.... The left one looks LCDish to me, unless contrast is messed up on the left device.
  17. eatingchips

    eatingchips Member

    But they've begun switching devices to SLCD on some of their other models?

    I emailed HTC regarding this, I got back this "I understand that you purchased two Incredibles and notice that the screens are different. HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us..." The rest is just explaining SLCD.

    Another picture:

    The pictures are not great quality, but if you look at the clock, the black on it is obvious. They're both maxed out in brightness. But even ignoring that, the right one has a purplish tint.
  18. AttorneyIncredible

    AttorneyIncredible Well-Known Member

    just a bad refurb screen.
  19. euph_22

    euph_22 Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of variability in the brightest and colour of AMOLED screens, especially since I suspect Samsung has lower QC standards to increase output. If it's not satisfactory, get it replaced.
  20. eatingchips

    eatingchips Member

    rushmore, attorneyincredible, which one looks refurbish to you? the left one?
  21. bigvinny

    bigvinny Well-Known Member

    Blurry pictures don't help the matter... :(
    If you look around the edges of the screen and notice checkered lines (instead of smooth line running top to bottom), then it's most likely be AMOLED (pentile one that's been used in both original N1 and Incredible). Or you could try to watch some movies in letterbox format and see if you can readily tell where the border begins and ends.
  22. sabrewings

    sabrewings Well-Known Member

    Holy crap...

    <runs and jumps off balcony screaming from insanity>
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Yes, only because it sticks out, compared to the other- bum display? I deal with retail products (amongst others) in current and previous job and when rolling products out or setting bill of materials, our attorneys ALWAYS make sure we are not messing up, sometimes odd state laws ;)

    I did not say it was a LCD, just compared to the other it looks washed out. Even the refurb angle would not wash, since STILL has to go through FCC if a new product being sold to consumers or as replacement.

    I said it "looked" LCDish, not that it was an LCD.
  24. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

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