Why I dislike OLED displays
- Burn-in is an undesirable trait for devices which feature UI elements (especially ones that are persistent) like phones, computers, and consoles.
- Uneven colour distribution causes the subpixels to age at different rates, and a strong bias towards any of the RGB colours cause visibly tinted splotches on your screen which is gross.
- Having a range of displays to target with wildly different colour reproduction attributes makes it challenging to master content that displays as intended on all of them.
I know all the pros and cons about OLED already, and if the cons do not line up with your usage patterns, that is great and I’m not going to tell you you have to hate OLED now. But fuck, I constantly run into people with wack displays that just used their devices like they normally would and they look like shit after a year and a half of regular usage, and I don’t want to engage with that at all.
The two use cases where OLED is within my tolerances:
- Watching movies and “produced” television where there is a low risk of persistent elements and a high variety of displayed elements. I don’t do this, so it’s irrelevant to me.
- Smart watches where the display is only on for 7-30 seconds at a time and content is limited to begin with (although smaller text legibility can be hurt by bad subpixel arrangements)
Extracted from several of my March 2021 posts in the selectbutton.net Switch thread in response to rumors of a Switch Pro with an OLED display.