Here's the deal. My contract will shortly be up and I was thinking of dumping Rogers and going with Mobilicity in Toronto. However, I wanted a handset that was a bit more state of the art than offered from them.
Cue the LG G2X. Great specs for the price. Selling for around $500 or even less unlocked and is dual core Tegra 2. With 1080p capable video capture, HDMI out, etc. One of the best things is that it comes with a clean (or almost) Android 2.2 install (2.3 on the way) so you don't have to deal with all the trash (skins) that other companies are known to laden down Android phones with.
And if things couldn't get better, it supposedly comes with LG's new state-of-the-art P-IPS panel. Personally I'm a big fan of IPS panels (Have a Dell 3007wfp-HC and a Panasonic TV with IPS panel). Sure the Samsung AMOLED's do deeper blacks and have higher contrast numbers as a result, but there is just something about a good IPS panel that can get colors "just right" and look more natural as a result.
Cue public outcry. There is quite the commotion building on LG's and Android related forums regarding back-light bleeding on these new LG phones (particularly the G2X). People are posting pics of phones that look like they've been taken with little or no ambient light, displaying a totally black screen, and noticing some bleeding.
See here for example: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1042838
Now, I've always known that IPS computer monitors and TVs have been prone to this sort of thing. Yet, for both my IPS Panasonic TV and Dell monitor, it is really only noticeable, again, in a dark room, staring at a completely black screen. In normal use, my monitor and TV look excellent - as I've come to expect from a solid IPS panel. Therefore I have a suspicion that this issue is being overblown. Opinions?
Is it possible that people are coming from phones using AMOLED or other LCD technologies and are having unrealistic expectations for IPS technology? Or are their gripes legit? I am really hoping to clear this up soon as I was hoping to make the G2X my next phone.
(Note that during my investigation of this issue I have come across at least one picture of a G2X where there is an actual hairline light leakage along one of the screen borders. Now this is to me is a serious issue and is totally separate from the backlight "bleeding" one. I'm just hoping that this is more of an isolated incident)