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Cell Phone Displays: Everything You Need to Know

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Apple's iPhone popularized the concept of touch screens on cell phones.

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You may think that all cell phone screens are the same, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Cell phone screens can vary greatly from phone to phone. And the type of screen that your phone features can make a big impact on how you use the device. Here's an overview of the most common types of screens found on cell phones today.

LCDs

An LCD in a thin-panel display that's used in many computers, TVs, and cell phones. But there actually are many different types of LCDs. Here are definitions of the types of LCDs you're likely to find on a cell phone.

OLED Displays

OLED, or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, displays are able to deliver sharper and brighter images than LCDs, while also using less power. Just like LCDs, OLED displays come in a variety of types. Here are the types of OLED displays you're likely to find on today's cell phones and smartphones.

Touch Screens

A touch screen is a visual display that acts as an input device, by responding to the touch of a user's fingers, hand, or an input device such as a stylus. But not all touch screens are the same. Here are the types of touch screens you're likely to find on today's cell phones.

Apple iPhone 4

Apple calls the display on the iPhone 4 a "Retina Display," saying it offers more pixels than the human eye can see. What does this mean, exactly?

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