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3.0 out of 5 stars AMOLED vs LCD, 6 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: GOOGLE NEXUS S UNLOCKED CELL PHONE (Electronics)
Beware, if you want the Nexus S with the superb AMOLED dispaly, the UK market is being flooded with grey imports, which have the inferior LCD display. The UK spec phone with the AMOLED display is known as the i9020.
The cheaper imports are known as the i9023, they look identical.
I bought the AMOLED version from a large UK web supplier (not this one) and found it was the i9023 phone with a i9020 label stuck on the box.
I phoned Samsung UK who told me they will not service or repair the i9023, be warned.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2011 10:42:44 BDT
Peter Hall says:
I have just received an i9023 model from Prepaymania through Amazon. There is nothing I can find on the phone or the documentation that says whether the screen is super Amoled or normal LCD. However, I cannot imagine how the screen could be any better than it is. It is bright and easiy readable in daylight even with the brightness on zero. The colours are vivid and it is readable at any angle. I am delighted with it and would not be put off by this reviewers comments. I looked around to try an buy an i9020 model as this review suggests but could only find the i9023 model on sale in the UK and suspect this is a version specifically made for the UK because it has a UK 3 pin mains charger included.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 19:47:14 BDT
BobbyV says:
You will find the model number under the battery.
Feel free to phone Samsung UK like I did, they will confirm that the i9023 is not a UK spec phone and they will not provide service or repairs for the i9023.
The LCD display is quite good, but the AMOLED display is superb - that's what all the professional reviews say.

Posted on 4 Jan 2012 08:20:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2012 08:21:49 GMT
To find the model of your phone go to settings then About Phone. Under Baseband version the first five letters/numbers will tell you what you have. The AMOLED screen is the better screen.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012 12:25:38 GMT
Woodworm says:
No, BobbyV is spot on. This is actually the only i9023 I have found from a reputable retailer. Most have the i9020, although stock is scarce. I ended up buying from Carphone Warehouse purely because of this and ended up with a truly amazing price, and a genuine i9020 phone.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 20:14:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2012 20:18:59 GMT
Sonia Garcia says:
Samsung will repair any warranty issues with both the i9023 and the i9020, its also law for them to repair any item that they manufacture regardless of what country the device was being sold in as everything by Samsung is normally built in Korea anyway.
Providing you have proof of purchase everything should be OK. Just be a bit more assertive with them. The only time they won't is if you have a fake phone or a fake invoice.

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 23:00:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2013 23:01:05 GMT
Edik says:
I disagree. The AMOLED and SLCD displays have different strengths. The SLCD is known to be sharper at the expense of less colour vibrancy. The only real advantage of the AMOLED is slightly less power consumption (arguably).

One is certainly not superior over the other. I have viewed both side by side (as a developer) and both seem superb. I might even prefer the SLCD.
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