My last smartphone was Samaung Galaxy J7 2016, which screen got a problen. The area, where I watch YouTube videos in NOT full screen mode, got darker. The same thing seems to be happening now to S9. I was okay with the J7, since it wasn't a flagship phone. But I'm really p****d off now, one of the reason I bought a new phone is to get rid of this.
Is there any way I can fix it, or I'm basically stuck like that, once again?!
Yes, I do and I don't see nothing wrong about it. If I am allowed to use it, then why should I keep my phone at this awful minimal brightness? I am not buying another screen, I bought this phone less than 3 months ago, this is ridiculous!
It's a technological limitation of OLED technology, where organic elements in the array emit light instead of synthetic semiconductors.
These organic compounds do degrade over time, and will reduce in efficiency - and get darker - the harder they're driven. If they're forced to operate at peak all the time, the wear rate will increase a lot. It's why the OS warns you before increasing the brightness when you drag the slider to max.
Upshot? More vivid colours and deeper blacks. Consequence? Their lifespan is generally not as long as semiconductor LEDs. Unfortunately nothing comes for free with OLED panels, and I'm afraid your screen issues are self-inflicted. You can try getting a new handset, but the Samsung diagnostic they can run in store probably is able of showing how long and how brightly the screen is driven.
Any phone using OLED displays, including iPhones, will have the same issue if you drive their displays at max brightness 24/7.
I run my S9 display between 50 and 75% brightness and that's perfectly bright for just about anything short of intense midday summer sun. When viewing it on full brightness I find it slightly uncomfortable!
Your alternative is to buy a phone with an LCD display but colour and contrast won't be as good.
More background on LED vs. OLED: https://www.explainthatstuff.com/how-oleds-and-leps-work.html
I heard that those burn in pixels eventually recovers themselves, is that true? There is no way I am lowing my brightness, I like it that way, I'd hate sitting at another level of brightness. Same goes to watching YouTube. I prefer watching videos on portrait mode. If my phone allows that, why shouldn't I use it that way?
Ughh, that is awful! I hate it, it is so annoying to my eyes. And if I try to get a replacement or something like that, I am going to wait months, as there aren't any Samsung stores in my country.
I was always watching it, making sure it won't happen again, and I get this...
Well, I don't think there is anything I can say anymore.
I guess I'll have to live with it.
Anyway, thank you for your responses and the fact that you were trying to help me. I really appreciate it.
Mine would have a darker screen (with vertical lines) at the top portion at 25-50% brightness but would be pefectly be fine at 75%. Is that an OLED issue as well?
I never have set it at max brightness.
Phone is 2 years old.