A Plasma Television or an LCD TV Set – Which is better

Written by Andrew Ghigo

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While some brands of plasma displays are more prone than others to burn-in, yet in general, plasma screens are more prone to suffer permanent burn-in during their first 200 hours of use;repparttar reason being that fresh phosphors burn more intensely as they are ignited.

Technically speaking, burn-in isrepparttar 147541 result of a damaged pixel, whose phosphors has been prematurely aged and therefore glows less intensely than those of surrounding pixels. The presence of a static image for more than half-an-hour is enough to cause temporary burn-in; temporary burn-in or image ghosting, should not be cause for alarm as normally this will wash out after several hours of use.

Worst still isrepparttar 147542 prolonged presentation of static displays, such asrepparttar 147543 use of black or gray bars to view a 4:3 picture in its original format on a wide screen display; this will result in a permanent burn-in. Once permanent burn-in occurs,repparttar 147544 damaged phosphors cannot producerepparttar 147545 same levels of light output asrepparttar 147546 other phosphors around them do. In these circumstances, an LCD display may be a better choice. Viewing distance: It seems thatrepparttar 147547 pixel size and shape of an LCD panel renders a smoother picture than an equivalently sized plasma panel forrepparttar 147548 same pixel count.

This means that even if your viewing distance falls withinrepparttar 147549 recommended distance of approximately twicerepparttar 147550 screen width, if this is less than at least nine feet, most probably you will be better off with an LCD TV.

Life-time: The rare gases used in plasma display panels have a life and will fade over use. Earlier plasma TV sets had a quoted half-lifetime of between 20,000hrs, following whichrepparttar 147551 image brightness will fall to half its original value. However,repparttar 147552 latest plasma displays can boost anything between 30,000 and 60,000 hours. Onrepparttar 147553 other hand, LCD displays have a guaranteed lifetime of between 50,000hrs and 60,000 hours. This degradation in image brightness takes place gradually over time.

Now,repparttar 147554 average household inrepparttar 147555 US replaces their TV set every 7 years. Taking a conservative figure of 30,000 hours for either technology, this corresponds to well over 6hrs usage a day - every day - for over a period of 14 years! In other words, both plasma and LCD displays are extremely stable and reliable devices. This means that life-time should not be an issue with either display technology.

Atrepparttar 147556 same time, keep in mind that there is no way to re-generaterepparttar 147557 gases in a plasma display or to repair any ‘dead’ pixels in an LCD display –repparttar 147558 only option in such circumstances will be to replacerepparttar 147559 display.

Response: Some LCD panels – especially on older generation models - had a tendency to blur images particularly during fast moving scenes in movies and sports. However, recent advancement in LCD technology means that response times are such that there is no noticeable difference in performance between LCD and plasma TV sets in this regard.

Power requirements: The advantage here goes to LCD panels as these consume less electricity. Estimates show thatrepparttar 147560 use of LCD panels can result in some 30% power savings forrepparttar 147561 same screen size than plasma display.

Price: Price is always a big issue when it comes to choosing your TV display. Although prices online vary considerably, yet LCD TV sets tend to be more expensive than Plasma Televisions. The main reason behind this price gap is thatrepparttar 147562 production process for plasma technology still supports a better yield and thus carries a pricing advantage – especially atrepparttar 147563 large screen end ofrepparttar 147564 market.

This contrasts heavily with LCD display technology where an estimate 30 to 40 per cent of all manufactured panels will have to be discarded as a result of defects leading to what are known as 'bad-pixels'.

Makingrepparttar 147565 Choice:

There is a market for both plasma and LCD displays - Plasma gives you a bigger screen for your dollar, deeper blacks, but then LCD do not suffer from burn-in and atrepparttar 147566 smaller end ofrepparttar 147567 market (less than 40-inch screen size), LCD is your only way forward if you want something slim and stylish.

It is all a question of knowing what arerepparttar 147568 advantages and limitations of each with respect to your specific needs.

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Growing Trends of the Mobile Phone Industry

Written by Jo Wintour

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If this was not enough, many consumers go to extensive lengths to findrepparttar most up-to-date ringtones and screensavers. Consequently, a myriad of websites now exist specifically to cater for this growing market. Examples include 1st Choice Ringtones (http://www.1st-choice-ringtones.co.uk) and Mobile Ringtonez http://www.mobileringtonez.com." Modern consumers are no longer satisfied withrepparttar 147256 traditional "ring ring". Downloadable tones can range from classical music torepparttar 147257 latest chart toppers. The public have generally responded positively to such a vast selection, withrepparttar 147258 exception ofrepparttar 147259 "crazy frog" which isrepparttar 147260 first ringtone to make it intorepparttar 147261 UK singles chart (and receive several hundred complaints) due to a very aggressive television advertising campaign. The kids apparently love it, but not everyone is happy!

The mobile phone industry is certain to continue evolving, with some research suggesting that one day phones will takerepparttar 147262 place of credit cards andrepparttar 147263 remote control. The innovation and level of competition inrepparttar 147264 mobile music and mobile phone markets can only mean greater choice and lower competitive prices, so sit back and look forward torepparttar 147265 exciting surprisesrepparttar 147266 key players in this industry have to offer us!

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