OLED vs LCD outdoors visibility

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  1. grey72
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    grey72 Advanced Member

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    I'm in the market for a Vita, and was curious how legible the two screens are in sunlight. I hear the OLED is pretty bad, but haven't seen anything definitive about the LCD.

    Also I'm buying used, and have heard the OLED had artifacting issues and failed more easily, should I be concerned?
     
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    Buy a VITA Slim, LCD, you won't regret it!

    The charging port of the Vita offers better longevity for the cables and you can replace them easily, since they're the microUSB type. I bought one, second hand, and I'm pretty much satisfied.

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    Both Vitas have screens that are rather large. The 2000, has internal memory and better analog sticks, while the 1000 has better quality screen and a proprietary but more robust charging cable. I'm not too sure about the claim that the OLED screen of the 1000 is more prone to failure, but I am convinced of the artifacting part.
     
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    I worded that poorly, I meant how bright is the screen under the sunlight, not the size of the screen haha.
     
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    hmmm strange to see someone prefering the slim version, I have quite a few vita's and I much much prefer the OLED version over the slim, the slim just doesn't feel right in my hands whereas the OLED does. When comparing both Vita's side by side the OLED screen is far superior.

    The only benefit to the slim version in my opinion is the battery life, but I never play away from home so a none issue for me. The internal memory is good for hacking if you don't own a memory card but thats about it.

    As far as I am aware the issue with the OLED screens is when you get a black screen you will sometimes notice small black spots, to be honest it's not noticable when actually playing games.
     
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    I took the slim over the original because of the design, no proprietary cables, don't care about OLED on a handheld device and most importantly the Aqua Blue color
     
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    Have both, they are both equally as bad in sunlight, issue is that neither display can get bright enough outdoors like displays on modern phones.

    If you had to go with one go with the OLED, much better build quality, and of course screen. A non-proprietary cable doesn't make up for the huge downgrade the screen on the LCD model has, you should play these games the best way possible.

    Still have my OLED launch model and still no failure/artifacting issues you speak of, and I use it way too much.

    If you're buying second-hand though, it really depends on how well the previous owner took care of it. In which case it might be a safer bet to get a LCD model just because those are newer and probably weren't as abused as the used OLED models. But you should be able to find a nice OLED if you look hard enough.

    Hope you enjoy it!
     
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    I never played outside so I can't really tell if any type is superior when outside. However when not in such conditions, I'd vote for the OLED because that's what the Vita was known for, and that's what games have been designed for at Vita's launch. Gravity Rush is unplayable on a LCD screen in that inferno map.

    Anyways, here are pics for you to try and judge by yourself. All at max brightness. Excuse the ghetto setup, that was the only place in my house where the sun directly hit a wall, and I was not going outside to take a picture of my Vitas lol, my neighbours would have wondered what I was doing.
    First picture is "not particularly in sunlight". Second picture is "sunlight quite directly on the screens".

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    As I said, I still never really tried them outside, but from these tests/pictures, I'd say they're equally bad in terms of brightness in bright sunlight, but since the OLED has better contrast it still displays a better picture in such conditions.
     
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    Thanks a bunch, this was what I was looking for! I can't see any difference in the sun either so I'll try getting an OLED model.
     
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