Around six or seven years ago a format war was raging in the television industry with LCD and plasma TVs vying for supremacy. In the end the LCD type won out and became the standard. The next logical step in its evolution was LED display, essentially an upgraded version of an LCD. For a while things were calm on the format front until about a year ago when they heated up again. We could be again, in the midst of a battle for television supremacy with the new OLED and QLED formats struggling to gain the upper hand over the other. Since both of these formats are the future, but we don’t yet know which will be crowned victor we’ve decided to list some of their defining characteristics so you can make an educated guess about which one is perfect for you.
OLED vs QLED = LG vs Samsung
The two main companies that are the frontrunners in this race are LG and Samsung. LG are the first to put out OLED TVs and although Sony have come to the party with their own models you’ll still be wise to look at LG first. At first, the main drawback of this technology was its price, but now that competition is growing you can be sure more affordable options are on the horizon. Samsung and their partners are in the opposite camp, the QLED camp. They figure to shoot for the masses with more affordable prices (at the moment) and various support features with a user friendly interface and compatibility options that are second to none.
Without getting into the physics of it all, it’s important to point out that although they sound alike these picture displays aren’t at all similar in the way they project content to their screen. The QLED is a step up on the LED format, whereas OLED has a completely new display method. On one hand you have QLED which is basically LED that uses quantum dots bring out the best picture quality and on the other you have OLED that uses organic light-emitting diodes (just like the abbreviation suggests). Aside from the picture display, which we will get into, the first difference you’ll see just by looking at them is that OLED are thinner and in some cases can even be flexible to a degree. If this is something that is important to you, you can chalk a point for OLED TVs.
Before going in depth regarding display it’s really important you know that these differences, strengths as well as weaknesses, are very small, nuances really. All of these are top of the line products, but some are just better suited form some people than others.
The first thing you see when you look at the screen are the colors – contrast, sharpness, brightness. In general OLED TVs have a better display, but let’s break it down.
Believe it or not, for a good display black is the most important color on screen. Because of the nature of OLEDs display method, they can produce the best black (diodes don’t light up if no electricity is flowing through them), while QLED dims the picture through backlights thus never achieving perfection. When talking about brightness QLED takes the lead, because of the backlight method producing high contrast. OLED with it’s perfect black doesn’t rely much on high brightness setting, working best in dimmed environments. The display method is crucial for viewing angles as well, OLEDs winning out, because the picture shows no difference no matter the angle.
Response time and input lag are probably key features for anybody who plans to use their TV for gaming. Fortunately, they can’t go wrong with either one. Both have very high marks in each category and are literally milliseconds apart in performance. A miniscule advantage could be given to Sony’s OLED TVs simply because they are slightly better optimized for gaming, which is natural since they have access to all the inner workings of the PlayStation – the most popular console in the world.
Quality of life
Moving away from displays QLEDs, or rather Samsung have a huge advantage when we’re talking about the UI, support and simplicity to both set up and use in general. Similar to Sony having a slight advantage because it also makes consoles, Samsung has an advantage being one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world (LG makes them too, but they’re not on the same level). connecting you QLEDs to your phone has never been easier. Use the SmartThings app and everything syncs automatically and even without it you’ll get a standardized, familiar and easy to use smart TV. LG, unfortunately aren’t nearly as evolved on this front. Their models use various software making it harder to get used to and they still haven’t gotten to the point you’re using a phone as an all in one remote.
If you’re going for pure picture quality, you’ll want an OLED TV. The picture is as close to perfect as we’ll get with the technology we have right now. Looking at the bigger picture, however QLED TVs could prove to be more mainstream. The picture quality is a tad lesser, but everything else is up to the highest standards. If you’re buying a new TV these are the main points with which you can go forward making your decision. No matter which way you lean, we strongly encourage you to check out the TV in person, there is simply no way to see what they have to offer through pictures and videos.