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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Meh, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Meh

    Meh Well-Known Member
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    Hi all.

    Relatively new Desire owner here (nearly two weeks). I got the Desire as a replacement for my first Android phone, the Samsung i7500 Galaxy (grrrrrrr) as I complained about the ongoing issues with that handset (dialpad issues, lack of support from the manufacturer, etc).

    As it was a replacement during my contract they provided an as-new handset (refurb/return under O2s 14 day return period). Phone is def as-new, not a mark on it, screen protector, new battery and charger etc. However it came in a plain box, and so I don't know if it's an AMOLED or SLCD handset. Also, I have no idea when it was manufactured. Not an issue as I have a warranty, but it's a point of curiosity. Anyone know how I can find out both of these points?


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  2. zafonic

    zafonic Android Enthusiast

    It should say on the box the phone came in if its AMOLED or SCLD.
  3. Meh

    Meh Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks for your quick reply. By plain box I meant that it's not the original box. It is an O2 box with the IMEI, barcode, description etc, not the HTC box.
  4. etihwmot

    etihwmot Lurker

    I had a look at this a few weeks ago, as I'd lost the box for my desire, and was interested in knowing the screen type.
    I couldn't find any way of telling anywhere. I did find a page with some different close up pictures of the AMOLED vs SLCD, but they didn't seem a particularly foolproof method (even had I taken some close up pics of my screen, I don't think I could have used them effectively to tell the difference).

    So, it seems that no box means no way at all to tell.

  5. swgastro

    swgastro Well-Known Member

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  6. Meh

    Meh Well-Known Member
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    Great, thanks v much, will have a look shortly. Is there any way to tell date of manufacture? I seem to remember on Nokias you could dial a *# command and it gave that info. Any way of doing this on a HTC? I've looked through the phone info in the setting but no joy.
  7. snowmobile

    snowmobile Android Enthusiast

    Check your serial number in settings and the first four digits should give you the month of manufacture. For example HT03 would be March.
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  8. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Android Expert

    As that video link suggests, OLED pixels that are displaying black are truly black, giving out (very nearly) zero light whatsoever. Just a shame the HTC UI uses so many shades of dark gray instead of simply a proper black.

    On my Desire (and my old "Grrrralaxy"), even when I read an ebook in the dark (with a white-on-black theme), I can only very faintly see the boundaries of the display, that's how black the black is. Is OLED the new black? :p

    What I'm saying is, of course, that if you can see any amount of light off the black pixels, I regret to inform you that you've got yourself a SLCD handset.
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  9. moe3754

    moe3754 Well-Known Member

    What does it matter I had Amoled Nexus one and it was the absolute worst, I had screen burn in after only three weeks of use, my Slcd will never have that and the Nexus is now gone!!!!
  10. Deleted User

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    That's correct. It's quite easy to check on your phone without anything special. Just take a photo with a dark towel over the camera lens ensuring you block out all light. Then look at the photo on the display in a darkened room and you'll get the same result as the above video.
    No need to regret saying that! I've seen videos of the AMOLED and SLCD side by side, and there are very minor differences. The AMOLED has more contrast and saturation, and deeper blacks. While the SLCD has more natural tones and contrast, and both have the same resolution. Unless you compare them, you'd never really notice that one is different from the other - they're both excellent.

    It's kind of like comparing the iPhone 4 with its LCD display to the Desire's LCD which I've done side by side with my friend's iPhone. For all intents and purposes, they're essentially the same. My friend wasn't so impressed with his iPhone 4 after seeing how good the SLCD is on the Desire - the iPhone display just wasn't "stunning" anymore.
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  11. aceominous

    aceominous Well-Known Member

  12. Meh

    Meh Well-Known Member
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    Thanks to all, got the info I wanted! DoM is June, and looks like it's an AMOLED.
  13. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    If the HTxx is the month of manufacture, then mine is July and it's definitely an SLCD. I bought it in August the first day it was actually available for sale here and have loved it ever since. No more iPhone for me.

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