It's all about that big screen

The display is the most important user-facing part of any smartphone, Android or otherwise. Every time we send a message, compose an email, or play a game, we use the display for all it's worth. The folks who make our phones and tablets know this, and most Androids come with a pretty good screen — even the entry-level stuff.

Equally important is knowing the settings for that big beautiful screen. There's nothing difficult here, and most of the settings are pretty self-explanatory. Have a look at the video where we go through each and every item if the Android Lollipop settings.

For those who can't watch the video, open the display settings on your Lollipop phone. Go through each item, including any sub-level settings — Daydream, for example. Fire back with any questions you might have, and someone will answer it for you. Here's the defaults explained in a quick list:

  • Brightness level — a slider that adjusts the brightness of your screen.
  • Adaptive brightness — this uses hardware to get the ambient lighting, and adjust the screen brightness accordingly. It will override the Brightness level setting.
  • Wallpaper — allows you to set a custom wallpaper for your home screens.
  • Sleep — how long to wait before the screen turns off after you last touched your phone.
  • Daydream — settings for the Android screen-saver.
  • Ambient display — turns the screen on and displays a card when a notification arrives. Not all phones will support this.
  • Font size — changes the size of the characters displayed on the screen in the Android UI.
  • When device is rotated — this setting tells the system whether or not to auto-rotate the screen contents when the device is rotated.
  • Cast screen — displays the contents of your Android's screen on another device that acts as a cast target, like a Chromecast or an Android TV box.

We've only just begin to dig into all the settings, tips and tricks that come with Android Lollipop. Stay tuned for all there is to know!