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DROID Incredible Shipping with SLCD Screens “End of September”

According to a Verizon insider memo, HTC is apparently ready to start shipping Droid Incredible devices with SLCD screens instead of their original AMOLED screens.  They announced that this change would start some time at the end of the summer and I’d say that they’ve nailed that time frame.  (Maybe they can teach Motorola what the term “end of summer” means?)  And actually, VZW is saying “end of September” for the rollout of this new screen guy which should help out with the DI’s not-so-user-friendly battery life.

One thing to note at the very bottom of that memo is in regard to Certified Like-New Replacements.  If you had an original DI with an AMOLED screen and need a replacement, you will be able to get one with that same screen type.

So tell us, SLCD or AMOLED?

Via:  Android Central Forums

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    FIFTY-SIXTH!!!! lol

  • JR

    Anything other than AMOLED please. AMOLED is useless outside in the sun, can barely see the screen. One of the main reasons I sold my Nexus. I'll take a screen that's usable indoors and out over a slightly better black level on a PHONE that I don't watch movies on. Save the crazy contrast ratios for your HDTV. SLCD FTW!

  • Mike H

    I wear polarized glasses so AMOLED is an absolute must. Since LCD uses filters, if you wear polarized glasses while using your phone, you get total blackouts on the screen. With the AMOLED you never have any blackout issues because of the lack of filters. If I get a phone with the SLCD screen I will pitch a fit because I had the problem with my old phone and it drove me nuts…

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    FIFTY-SIXTH!!!! lol

  • JR

    Anything other than AMOLED please. AMOLED is useless outside in the sun, can barely see the screen. One of the main reasons I sold my Nexus. I'll take a screen that's usable indoors and out over a slightly better black level on a PHONE that I don't watch movies on. Save the crazy contrast ratios for your HDTV. SLCD FTW!

  • Mike H

    I wear polarized glasses so AMOLED is an absolute must. Since LCD uses filters, if you wear polarized glasses while using your phone, you get total blackouts on the screen. With the AMOLED you never have any blackout issues because of the lack of filters. If I get a phone with the SLCD screen I will pitch a fit because I had the problem with my old phone and it drove me nuts…

  • Morbid_Realities

    Just because you're mind tells you that he's wrong for saying “i could care less” doesn't mean you're right. There's quit the history and debate concerning those few words. You should take the time to look it up.

  • Luvit

    I'm rooted and upgraded to hydrakernel v05… my kernel is undervolted. I'm golden.

  • xmonkey

    Why do people think SLCD will give you better battery life? Look at Engadget's latest comparison (minus their misinformed contrast notes) and you'll see they got better battery life out of the AMOLED, which makes sense.

    It'd be interesting to see a comparison done where a webpage with a white background is displayed and battery life measured. Maybe SLCD would win that one.

  • Evermour

    Complaining about first comments. Jeez. Complaining is childish. Any who, being as stupid as I am, I wouldn't notice the difference.

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    Forty- FIRST!!!! LOL

    • lakerzz

      Holy crap…I can't believe you called forty first…*nag* *nag* *nag*…lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

      wow

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Metzger/100000074994959 William Metzger

    SLCD, my experience with lcd's has shown that they have better color defenition, and not a rddish tint that amoled screens have

  • Webby

    I just bought a new Incredible on ebay, switching from a Droid, and the difference in the screen is just spectacular.

    I am improving the battery life by conditioning the battery (run it dead several times, then fully charge, rinse, repeat). This process is very effective. Try it.

  • J5

    IMO, the DI's AMOLED is dreadful looking – oversaturated, pink-tinged, and fuzzy – and its the reason I held out for the DX, which has a very sharp and accurate screen, though obviously lacking in the black levels department vs. AMOLED. If the DI had been SLCD from the get go, I'd have bought one in April.

  • Mrpicolas

    Its been said once and ill say it again if you don't like the first posts ignore it. If you enjoy it have at it that is all please quit complaining it will get you nowhere

  • tpags

    I have a question. I got an incredible as soon as it was released and u could see a perforated pattern of dots out in the sun. Which from what I know is the amoled screen. Just got a replacement and u cannot see that pattern. Does that mean I have the slcd screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647821179 Mike Story

    Being color blind I could really care less, but if I have a choose I would take battery life.

    • DontbeA

      You COULDN'T care less. Get it right.

  • Dayvidk

    AMOLED!!!!! The color is noticeably different. I ordered an X the day it came out and was extremely disappointed. I could tell right away that the screen looked dull. Needless to say I sold that beast of a phone and absolutely love my DI. The volume button on the side of my DI randomly stopped working a few days ago. When I took it into VZW they said couldn't fix it and they would ship me out a new phone. I was pissed that I might loose my AMOLED screen. This post is amazing news! I am keeping my fingers crossed that they don't send me one with a trashy SLCD :)

  • durangojim

    I'll be interested to compare the two, as I've never been a fan of the pentile format or amold, although I'm really pleasantly pleased with the quality of the Fascinate screen

  • Romma1

    Odd man out here, I have the amoled screen, and I would like to see better battery. I am constantly charging my phone to make sure I have enough juice. In this respect, I miss the old days when I could run around with a cheap silver LG clam shell for four days without considering charging my phone.

    I wouldn't go back though. There is no returning from Android once you are bitten.

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    The day that kellex outlaws posting the word first is the day that it will stop

    • Roland

      Probably the same day Kellex will get more adult readers who will result in more ad money and rid us of the kiddie posts.

  • bravoleader2

    AMOLED, all day. Battery is fine to sacrifice for beauty. Love this screen, way nicer looking than any other Android phone. Battery is a small price to pay, and I'm glad to pay it. It's a shame Samsung forced them to make this change.

  • Alan

    I want to see them side by side in the sun. I love the super-saturated color on the amoled but hate the outdoor performance. I'll live with bad battery for the rich color if sunlit performance is close to the same.

    • bravoleader2

      I have a pair of sunglasses that actually make the screen perfectly visible in the sun. It's crazy, but it actually works amazingly well. Of course I have other pairs that make the screen impossible to see in any light, but this one pair of sunglasses makes it 100% visible in direct sun. Not sure what they are made out of, but I bought them at a golf course.

      • balthuszar

        the good sunglasses are polarized…they are specially coated to knock out the glare.

      • JTE

        what color are the lenses? I have some polarized lenses (black) that make my DX screen just about invisible. But I do know from prior experience that light brown or yellowish tint in sunglasses can make things appear in higher contrast than dark black lenses

  • brayden
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

      That's freakin' Hilarious!

  • Rizzidy

    I thought they had already switched. I was wrong :(

  • Hogasswildmc

    I bet most users won't even know the difference. My DX isn't AMOLED and I love it. I bet the new DIs get 1/3 better battery life and people will stop complaining about how long it lasts between charges, which seemed to be the biggest complaint about the DI anyway. So even if Samsung tried to keep all the AMOLEDs to themselves this might work out as a win for HTC afterall.

  • Zach

    And people have been saying they already switched to SLCD…. knew they haven't until now.

  • http://www.ItsTechKnowledgy.com Colin S.

    Maybe I'm the only one, but I'd take battery life over marginally better screen quality any day. Its not like the resolution is different. Battery life FTW lol

  • kulz

    amoled>slcd….

    I MISS MY DROID~! >:O

  • Droidincredible23

    AMOLED i don't care if the battery life is bad.
    screen quality vs battery life

    Screen quality 100,000,000
    Battery life 1
    First!

  • htcinc

    Amoled is way better in my opinion…..

  • Carlos2b01

    What's the difference in screens?

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    AMOLED ROCKS!!

  • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

    First!!

    • B-Do

      Dan, congrats! You are first and SECOND! I applaud this use of “First!!”, however, I wish you would have called “Second!!!” as well.

      • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

        Thankyou

    • Dan

      Seriously who gives an F……why does it matter?

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        Gets your brownie points :-)

        • Dan

          It drives me bonkers….. why would anyone care whose first…. I’m sure you’re not the first one to read it, just the first to waste your time and post “First” for no reason.

      • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

        jealous much??

        • EBrad

          It is immature, but you obviously don't mind people knowing you are immature. I admire that!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

        I agree. Most sites don't tolerate the “first” type post and after coming here for the last 6 months I can see why. It's annoying and unnecessary.

        • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

          name a site that doesnt tolerate the FIRST post???

          • Wraithix

            i-am-bored.com

            You get a warning first, then you get banned.

            FIRST! posts are childish and extremely annoying. You're looking for info on the subject in comments (such as this one. I don't know the difference between the screens.) and you have to go past some person saying something that adds nothing to the subject. Then usually have to scroll past a bunch of comments calling the FIRST poster lame.

          • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

            If it is so annoying then just stay off the site. You are all a bunch of poor sports. Im not posting and trying to rub in other peoples faces. Get a life

          • B-Do

            I happen to enjoy the first posts. It's one post that's meaningless, like many of the posts, and it really causes no harm. In fact, it's simple to ignore it, unlike many of the other meaningless posts. Here's an example, “Oh man, I am eating some yummy froyo goodness, and have been for like 6 months when I rooted with the phreaker ROM, with a 3.2ghz overclock! Now I am going to get some strawberries with my Froyo goodness. All you saps need to root and install the phreaker ROM!”.

          • B-Do

            I'm on a roll laughing now, so I'll go with it. What's going to be next? “Oh man, I am going to make like a bear and get me some honeycomb goodness! I am going to have that sweet sticky liquid dripping down my face when I install the new honeycomb phreaker ROM! I can't wait to eat me some honeycomb!”

          • QGA

            engadget, gizmodo, arstechnica…. do you want more? it is immature and annoying.

          • http://twitter.com/storm34x Daniel Archibald

            I post first on engadget all the time and i have never been banned

          • Roland

            Doesn't mean you shouldn't be.