If you’ve read about new iPhones, you may have wondered, “What does OLED mean?” OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode and is one of the various technologies in screens that produces the image you see on phones, TV’s, and more. OLED screens were invented in 1987 but did not become common until LG started making OLED televisions in 2013. Since then, they replaced LCD screens in most applications, as they boast several advantages over the older tech.
Since their invention, OLED screens were infamous for burn-in. These days though, it’s only a concern in extreme cases – just like LCD screens. They are also sometimes regarded as more fragile and easy to break. In that regard, there are two categories: Hard OLED and Soft OLED. Hard OLED screens are cheaper and yes, more fragile. At Yakety Yak, we only purchase Soft OLED type screens, so there’s no difference in durability between our LCD and OLED options.
The biggest difference between LCD and OLED is how much the colors “pop”. OLED screens have a much higher color contrast ratio, effectively meaning it can display more colors, better. The easiest way to tell is to look at an image with black in it. OLED screens look like they’re off when displaying black, whereas with LCDs, you can see the backlight through the screen.
Overall, the difference doesn’t matter to the standard user. Even cell carriers accept an aftermarket LCD screen on a phone for trade-in that typically comes with an OLED. That’s why we offer LCDs as a cheaper alternative. If you’d like to see the difference in person, we have a display in store that has the two next to each other. Come stop by to see which option works best for you! Here’s our Google Maps Location.