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IPS Vs. AMOLED

What is the Difference Between IPS and AMOLED?

We have been getting many questions with regards to mobile display technology the most frequent one being what is the difference between IPS and AMOLED, so we decided we should write an article detailing the pros and cons of both and try to make it as understandable as possible.

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comparison of amoled and ips screens shown on different brand of smartphones.

First off IPS:

IPS (in-plane switching) the technology was made primarily for LCD (liquid crystal display) to overcome the limitations of the regular LCD or TFT-LCD display, the problem with the regular display TFT-LCD was a slow response time, that means a degraded touch response and bad news for gamers as games usually require screens with good response times.

Another thing was a limited viewing angle, you could make out the screen if you’re looking at it straight ahead with a little variation, but move to the side a bit and you wouldn’t be able to see the screen…it was great for guys who’d be texting one girl while sitting with another… J  But now is the age of sharing is caring where you wanna show off what you’re watching…. so something had to be done…

IPS was the answer allowing for better response times meaning good touch response and better gaming. Also it allowed for a better viewing angle meaning you could watch the screen while having others watch it too…yippee!!

Here is a brief note down of the IPS technology:

Pros:

  1. Better response time as compared to regular LCDs
  2. Better Color reproduction
  3. Better viewing angle
  4. Sharper Images

Cons:

  1. Requires a stronger backlight
  2. More power hungry
  3. Screens (cell phones) are usually much more thicker (bulkier) due to backlight source

 

Left: IPS LCD , Right: Regular LCD

Left: IPS LCD , Right: Regular LCD

 

 

Now AMOLED:

AMOLED or (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) is an upgrade to OLED, this tech basically consists of organic compounds which when are introduced to an electric charge produce luminosity or light. AMOLED was the tech that allowed for smart-phones to become even sleeker, basically since it does not require any backlight as compared to its IPS counterpart it is less bulky.  At the same time it provided better viewing angles and better contrast as compared to the simple LCD. The main factor that really set apart the AMOLED was its power consumption, it uses less battery power as compared to the IPS tech or regular LCDs.

Here is a Sum UP of AMOLED tech:

Pros:

  1. No Backlight Required
  2. Screen is slimmer, less bulky phone
  3. No backlight, less battery usage, greater battery life
  4. Great Contrast

Cons:

  1. Difficult to produce, more expensive tech
  2. Images Not as sharp IPS
  3. Less Bright as compared to IPS, so less daylight visibility
  4. Display Colors Degrade over time.

 

Remarks:

The funny thing about technology is that it’s always advancing in one way or another and sometimes its so fast that you’re always trying to catch up, for example you probably just bought the most advanced smartphone in the world and a couple of months later some other company or maybe even the same launches an even more sophisticated device. The same way display tech is also dependent on other tech, and it has to continuously evolve to cope up with the new processors and gpu which allow for faster refresh rates and better color processing. As we write this article there is a Super IPS display tech already developed to counter the cons of the IPS tech and a Super AMOLED to counter the cons of the AMOLED tech.

So when you reach that Super stage as in most high end devices it gets really difficult to point out visible differences as both are trying to overcome their drawbacks…..

super-amoled

Conclusion:

In a general summary we can say that…….

IPS is known for its better color production, cheap cost of production, better daylight visibility, sharper image quality and higher resolution support

AMOLED screens stand for better battery life, slimmer and sleek design, greater contrast, darker blacks, and better response time.

 

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Sources:

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/best-phone-screen-display-tech-explained-951855

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMOLED

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPS_panel

http://cellphones.about.com/od/phoneglossary/g/What-Is-An-Ips-Lcd.htm

About Faisal Jaswal

Faisal Jaswal is a customer services professional with over a decade of experience in multi-nationals. He has a keen interest in science, technology and is a smartphone enthusiast. Besides that he is an avid Manga and Anime Fan and loves to read books and write articles.

39 comments

  1. my question is my phn is having ips screen type with 12mp camera..but clearity is not good…so is there any prblm with my screen or anything else…

    • Apologies for the late response, IPS screen should have exceptional detail and clarity, tell me are you facing this with issues when you look at pictures taken from your phone’s camera or are you facing this problem when watching any movie or game play? Also another factor is PPI if your device’s screen has a low pixel density your videos along with the pictures will seem pixelated. A pixel density of 240 and above is good.
      If its not that and the problem lies with the camera pics then I suggest you have the camera checked out otherwise if you face this problem during watching hd videos or pictures, then have the device checked by it’s manufacturers sales and service center.

    • Dear Mahi, I am also using LG Optimus IPS display mobile and i dont have any problem in bright sunny light outside. Some camera tweaks can solve your problem or may be depends on the quality of IPS panel.

  2. The main problem I have with my AMOLED screen (Samsung Galaxy S3) is screen burn. I frequently play Ingress and now several of the game’s UI elements are permanently displayed over everything else.

  3. Dear Writer,
    That’s really a very very well written information about IPS, LCDs and Amoled screens. The design and the language used is very very helpful. It is informed the way it should have been informed. Thanks a lot.

    samir khan – Proprietor, Computer Institute.

  4. Dears,

    I have to admit that this article is excellent due to its simplicity and information mentioned was highly professionally arranged and focused.
    Thank you very much for your time and effort.
    Best regards.

  5. Thank’s for the information. I have a plan to buy a smartphone. But now i’m not still confuse anymore about amoled and IPS.
    Thx.

  6. I am using both IPS & Amoled display mobile handsets, and i would recommend IPS panel because it has great colour reproduction as compared to amoled. In strong and bright sunny light outside, my ips gives me hassel free working of screen but in amoled i cant see my stuff, its very dull. Images are very much sharper and clear in IPS panel compared to amoled. This articles gives the true information that Amoled is only made to give better battery life but not sharper and clear image output compared than IPS. So guys go for IPS Panel.

  7. This is a very helpful article. Well i think ips vs amoled really depends on user preference, I really love having darker blacks on my screen and which in turn gives alot more battery life especially whenever im using darker wallpapers. i dont really mind the less sharper images compared to the ips. but IPS display really do look good. Im a heavy user so i do need a few battery life to get through the day, so i’ll go for amoled. :)

  8. IPS is better, therefore I bought the Nokia Lumia 920 instead of the 925. I tested several AMOLED devices and never liked the oversaturated and unnatural colours, also these displays appeared all to be less sharp than IPS or LCD. I also avoid cameras with AMOLED displays.
    I don´t care about the rendition of black but of other colours, otherwise I could also use a monochrome display. Battery life is ok, it´s not only the display that reduces running time.

  9. Sir konsa cell purchase karun Qmobile A750 ya Samsung galaxy S3 mare need gaming or dark may movies ha or basic problem display ke ha.

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  11. So what would you prefer? amoled or IPS? Which is better? So which is which?

  12. Ips is better due to its bright and clear colour reproduction than amoled and its also cheap

  13. I prefer the IPS display. It has more vibrant colour reproduction. Brighter display in sunlight as compared to amoled screens. Moreover amoled screens tends to wear out its colour over time. The LCD screen is known for producing natural colours while the amoled produce over saturated colours making it look unnatural.

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  15. i want to buy s4 mini …..is it good ..or any other phone having same confugration in this range plase mail me bjena16@gmail.com

  16. SOME admin on other pages says that noir i9 is not an IPS. What do u say? by your experience

  17. Hello dear

    thank you very much for this great opportunity.
    now i have a clear understanding about ips screen and AMOLED SCREEN
    i had a galaxy s4 and S3, and the bad things about the AMOLED SCREEN That i noticed on those phone is , the screen start turning yellow with the time. Like the screen was getting old and was losing brightness.

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