There is no rumor to quash here. We knew all along that the iPad 2 display may not be too different from what we see in the current version. More optimistically, we had people speculating a retina display on the new iPad.
However, if you were one of those hoping for an AMOLED display on the new iPad, there is confirmation that Apple shall not be having them on the next generation tablet. Why? Because the company is learned to have placed orders for back light units that will be used with LCD panels on the iPad 2. AMOLED displays typically work without back lights and the latest news would put to rest all speculations that the displays could be AMOLED.
If you are a fan of AMOLED, or rather Super AMOLED displays, then hold back for the next generation Galaxy Tab from Samsung. It should be coming with a 1200×600 pixel Super AMOLED display.
The extreme short supply of OLED variant screens has been affecting the distribution of quite a few handsets. Just a few weeks back, I had written about HTC deciding to do away with the OLED screens on its Desire smartphone to replace it with what they called Super LCD. Looks like the strategy has worked. The company, it is learned now, has now decided to follow the same trick for the Droid Incredible. The transition to SLCD displays on the Droid Incredible is expected to happen by the end of this month.
The announcement should however not affect existing owners even if they went for a replacement. Such users who will need a replacement after the new production plan goes into effect can request for a Certified Like-New Replacement [CLNR] device that will get them an Incredible with AMOLED displays.
Sometimes display technologies can be quite overwhelming for regular users who do not actually care about whether the display is LCD, AMOLED or Super AMOLED. However, each of these different technologies do perform differently and it makes sense to offer a look into their performance before deciding upon the phone of your choice.
Folks at TechBlog give us an excellent demo of how these three display technologies fare under bright sunlight. As you can watch from this long video below, there is little to choose from since none of the three screens are explicitly better. Nevertheless, the LCD on Nokia Xperia X10 appears to be marginally better than the Super AMOLED screen on Samsung Galaxy S which is in turn better than the AMOLED screen on HTC Desire.
What are your views? Watch the video and tell in the comments.