LCD, LED, OLED, AMOLED, IPS, TFT… Screens. How to Figure It Out?


Gadget users in the U.S. are familiar with being frequently confronted with a plethora of complex jargon found while sifting through sites, blogs, and articles for various smartphones. Especially in the screen category, we find a large number of gadget aficionados and professionals who are knowledgeable about various screen technology. However, a large number of more recent users really aren’t.

When it comes to smartphone displays, abbreviations, from LED screen panels to IPS laptop screens, might be confusing. However, we can help you understand the acronyms related to smartphone screens signify. Keep reading if you are interested in learning about the ideal uses of different screen options as well as the importance of the various screen resolutions.

Most Common Types of Displays

Displays come in quite a few types, depending on image quality, color accuracy, and battery capacity. The cost of the smartphone is also affected by the device screen type.

As display technology has diversified, many abbreviations have popped up all over spec sheets and phone feature lists. They include LCD screens, LED screen panels, OLED phone screens, AMOLED, IPS laptop screens, and TFT. We will go over the tech that goes into each of the screen options.

TFT and IPS Displays 

TFT and IPS Displays

 While both are LCD displays, TFT (Thin-film Transistor and de facto) can’t really be called a type of display. TFT’s use is solely for making LCD panels.


  • TFT LCD screens employ ‘Active Matrix Technology’, which attaches pixels to the capacitor and display transistor. One pixel might be connected to as many as 4 transistors to operate as a switch to each.

  •  TFTs are noted for their great picture quality, contrast, and resolution and for being less expensive to manufacture than IPS LCDs.

On the other hand, In-Plane Switching (IPS) is the most widely utilized form of LCD phone screen panel for many factors.


 IPS LCD screen phone has a unique crystal/pixel orientation compared to TFT.

 This change improves:

  •  Picture quality

  •  Viewing ratios

  •  Improves efficiency.

 That’s why most gadget makers favor IPS LCD over TFT.



Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a new screen tech utilized in numerous electrical gadgets, such as phones and televisions. As opposed to LCD screens, OLED black screens don’t require backlighting. It lights up by a current passed between two conductors placed on either side of an organic, carbon-based layer.


 Displays black color better


 Emit less heat

 Better contrast than LCDs


  •  Production costs are more, resulting in increased smartphone prices

  •  Limited lifespan

AMOLED  (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) is a sophisticated OLED version that employs “Active Matrix” tech. AMOLED, like OLED, uses an active matrix architecture with a thin-film transistor (TFT) to operate each pixel. So visuals are improved with richer OLED black screens and brighter highlights. AMOLED displays are commonly seen in large devices due to their flexibility. However, AMOLED panels are not usable in direct sunlight.

Super AMOLED  (S-AMOLED) is an improvement to AMOLED displays. It functions with nearly the same technology, but with enhanced structural changes. In S-AMOLED, the touch sensor is merged with the screen; in conventional AMOLED, they are independent.


  • Less sunlight reflection for better outdoor reading

  • Wide-angle.

LCD Monitor 

LCD Monitor

LCD (liquid crystal display) screens are, according to Wikipedia, ‘a flat-panel display or other electronically modulated optical device that uses the light-modulating properties of liquid crystals combined with polarizers’. in simpler words, layers consisting of liquid crystal squeezed between two plates of glass and displaying information. The flow of voltage given to the crystals is varied in order to produce different visuals.


  •  Saves energy

  •  One of the best picture quality

  •  Durable


  • More pricey

  • Limited viewing angle

  • Significantly bulkier than LED

  • Limited viewing angle

Plasma Monitor

Plasma displays, like the title indicates, generate images by charging a network of microscopic gas plasma cells with controlled electrical voltages and displaying them on a panel.


  •  Less obtrusive

  •  Better motion tracking

  •  high refresh rates

  •  Faster response time

  •  The viewing angle is significantly greater

  •  Higher resolution


  •  Reduced life span

  •  Extremely fragile

  •  Prices are exorbitant.

What is the best display type?

The answer to the question ‘what is the best display type? Is best answered by your needs and your budget. Each option has its use and benefits, but also its drawbacks. To commit to whatever screen you choose, you must first have assessed what you need from your screen. Also, the purpose for which you’re needing it is important to make sure you pick the best choice.


Having gotten a short, quick overview of the different screen types available in tech today, remember that research is key. If the plan is to purchase a new gadget soon, be sure to check that its display features and specs are suited to your needs and within your budget. You can also check out Goodzone Repairs for your screen repair needs.