LCD vs OLED – Value vs Quality

We’ve been offering Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) since we’ve started this business back in 2010, and until the iPhone X in 2017, all iPhones came with LCD. With the introduction of the iPhone X though, Apple has transitioned over to Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays.

OLED displays are higher-quality, brighter, and have better contrast ratio than the old style LCD. For this reason, OLED screens are more expensive.

Apple has produced the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and now ALL the iPhone 12 series with OLED displays. This new style screen replaces the lower-quality LCD that iPhones used to come with.

We recommend using the same style display that comes factory with the phone (eg. iPhone 11 has LCD, iPhone 11 Pro has OLED). We’ve discontinued some LCD models all together (iPhone X for example) due to POOR quality control and weak glass. We still offer some models with an LCD option for budget-minded customers, although we recommend against it unless you understand the risks associated with installing these displays.

Please note, LCDs on the following models do not carry our standard 1-year warranty: iPhone X, XS, XS Max, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max.

Please note, LCD’s on the following models do carry our standard 1-year warranty: iPhone SE, 6, 6+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+, XR, SE (2020), 11

This is what iFixit says about the use of LCD displays.