Will changing lcd density effect performance, battery life?

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    I want to have a higher resolution but not sure what effect on performance lcd density will have.

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    I would not mess with that particular setting

    I don't know for sure what it does but I've seen threads around here where people have lowered it and encountered problems like text overlapping and icons not fitting their home screen...
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    I messed around with it one day, and the only thing that appeared to happen was the screen was like zoomed in more, which would cause the text to be closer causing overlapping.
    No help on battery life. Sorry

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    yes, I used liberty toolbox to up the density and some icons overlapped, but performance was not affected; just looked funny.

    rooted, on liberty 2.0.1, slightly oc'd
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    [​IMG]

    No adverse effects.. just a visual preference. Like 800×600 versus 1280x1024 or whatever on a PC. Mine is set to 180.

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    Lowering the density is generally what's done, unless you're blind as a bat without sonar... if you want the icons to be bigger, you must be crazy.

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    Thanks guys, ill make small changes. Lowering is what I want

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    I dunno, I'm kinda pissed I messed with mine. Even after attempting to change it back to the stock setting, certain widgets and things still aren't appearing correctly. For example, the SetCPU widgets battery temp is still being cutoff. Also, in the pulldown menu, the bottom half of the third line of text for the Pandora app.
    If somebody can please tell me how to fix this, the help would be immensly helpful! Its driving me insane!
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    Will I lowered the density, and experienced no performance loss.everything looked fine except I didn't like how the rotating lock screen doesn't look right. The bow touches the left side but didn't reach over to the right. Changed it back to stock with no problem.

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    Well what the heck! I changed mine back to stock and am expieeiencing a few very annoying aesthetic problems.

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    jocko,

    If you are using some kind of custom launcher over your stock liberty launcher this could be the problem. It seems to change the LCD density in those launchers too.
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    Shouldn't setting the value back to stock undo those changes, though?
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    Hey Cstryon,

    Basically, the default DPI (LCD Density) for our devices is 240 DPI. If you lower the DPI (say to 192) it will give the appearance of a higher resolution screen and everything on your phone will look smaller. However, if you choose a higher DPI (say 280) it will give the appearance of a lower resolution screen and everything on your phone will look bigger. I would not recommend going higher than the default 240 as everything appears too large and stuff like text will start on overlap. I also would not recommend going below 192, however, it is a personal preference as too how low you want to go. The beauty of a rooted Android. :)

    Also, it should be noted that a lower DPI (like 192) should slightly increase both the phone's performance and the battery life as the phone has to render/process less dots. (DPI stands for "dots per inch") Give it a try and see what you think.

    If you are newer to rooting/modifying/programming phones I would recommend you stick with modifying the DPI through the Liberty Toolbox by going to "Liberty Mods," "Build Properties," "LCD Density," and then selecting the DPI you would like to try. Then as you become more experienced you can make those changes by manually editing the build.prop file. :) (No offense intended by the way if you are indeed experienced.)

    Finally, if you do indeed choose a lower DPI make sure you open up Spare Parts through "Settings," "Liberty Settings" and uncheck the "Compatibility Mode" box at the bottom of the options menu. This little trick will prevent apps that are incompatible with lower DPIs from appearing small on your screen. After this little trick and a reboot they will appear full screen.
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    Are you sure that's right? I'm asking as someone who doesn't know the right answer but is trying to think this through logically. If the LCD Density value indeed corresponds to the number of dots-per-inch, then higher numbers should in fact correspond to higher resolutions. The fact that it is the other way around makes me think that LCD Density actually means something else...
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    Yes. LCD Density does indeed refer to the DPI. And I know it sounds backwards, but a lower DPI value does indeed give the appearance of a higher resolution.
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    Thanks mrpotatohead! I'm gonna try lowering tonight, take off compatibility mode and see what my battery life is like tomorrow. (all day 12 hour shift with pandora streaming) Of course, I'll only keep it if it looks good.

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    Any time! Let me know how it goes!
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    Ok done setting up. Now to pay attention to performance and battery life. I like simple, how does it look?

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    I like a lot sir! What theme are you using?! And I take back my previous statement. I am not using 192 DPI. I am using 190 DPI and it looks great! :) I love being able to see more on my screen at a time. Especially, when browsing contacts, reading emails, and surfing the web. Keep me posted on your experience.
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    Oreo slice, and yorks black theme for adw. Good mix I think. Laid yorks black on first, then let oreo slice fill in the blanks. I'm set at 200 by the way.
    I will keep you all informed! :)

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