1. jrdatrackstar1223's Avatar
    Do devices like my HTC Arrive that don't use OLED suffer from battery drain if using the white background for the OS? I know white kills the battery life of devices that use OLED screens and its recommended as a tip to use a dark background, but for HTC devices does it matter? From my experience, it doesn't seem to drain any quicker if I use the white background, as my battery meter estimates the same amount of time remaining with the white background as the dark background and the phone is a little easier to use in direct sunlight with a light background...
    10-09-2011 07:36 PM
  2. KoukiFC3S's Avatar
    I also haven't seen any difference in battery life using a white theme on my arrive.

    Sent from my Epic Touch 4G
    10-09-2011 08:44 PM
  3. Winterfang's Avatar
    Nope, the Oled screens won't waste more battery life when having a white background but it consumes less battery with the Black one.
    10-09-2011 08:45 PM
  4. cdook's Avatar
    I love the look of Oled screens. With a black background it makes the white text really pop off the screen. I think Microsoft should push all phone makers in that direction.
    10-09-2011 09:28 PM
  5. Exomondo's Avatar
    Do devices like my HTC Arrive that don't use OLED suffer from battery drain if using the white background for the OS?
    No, on an LCD screen the backlight is illuminated all the time whether it's a light or dark colour so it makes no difference to battery usage. OLED screens will use more battery doing the light theme than the dark theme though.
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    10-09-2011 10:09 PM
  6. jesdt's Avatar
    OLED screens also consume more power than LED screens when running white colours, but perform better with black, so Winterfang's statement is wrong.
    10-10-2011 01:47 PM
  7. Winterfang's Avatar
    I didn't knew that. Well my Optimus 7 screen looks very nice with the brightness max, maybe too nice.
    10-10-2011 01:56 PM
  8. kylej1050's Avatar
    No, on an LCD screen the backlight is illuminated all the time whether it's a light or dark colour so it makes no difference to battery usage. OLED screens will use more battery doing the light theme than the dark theme though.
    Depends on the LCD technology. Some LCDs are white when they are off and others are black.

    In HTC phones they are black when off(they're PVA type LCDs which require pixel activation to pass light). The power required to change a pixel is next to nothing compared to the backlight though so any difference would be almost immeasurable between white and black.

    TN type displays are more efficient at whites since that's the off mode for the pixels, you can usually tell a TN display because it looks like a shrinking water puddle when you turn it off. Common as heck in older laptops.
    10-10-2011 03:06 PM
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