Samsung's Super AMOLED screen was supposed to be the savior of AMOLED screen technology.
AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) is a technology that takes the advantage of OLED over LCD, namely the power efficiency gained by not requiring a back light, and beefing up the refresh rate and color quality to rival the best that traditional LCD screens have to offer. AMOLED delivers on its promise to provide low-power, high-quality competition to the LCD screen, but the advantages only manifest when viewed indoors. Once an AMOLED is viewed in direct sunlight, it's all but invisible. This alone is causing many to doubt the strengths of AMOLED technology, and it isn't snuffing out the LCD screen by any means.
When Samsung introduced Super AMOLED screens, it's primary raison d'être was to quell the criticisms of sunlight bound smartphone users. The Samsung Galaxy S is the first phone to sport Super AMOLED screen technology, and TechBlog wants to show the world if Samsung has indeed delivered the outdoor goods this time.
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While it definitely fares better than its regular AMOLED cousin, the HTC Desire, the verdict is still out regarding its sunlight dominance over the LCD contender, Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10. While it's close, Super AMOLED certainly can't claim certain victory yet over LCD screens in outdoor lighting situations. It is, however, a big step in the right direction.