No one can say that LCD are better than plasma's. They can say I "prefer" LCD's over plasma's. But when it comes down to plain FACTS the plasma will always win. Every television's picture is going to be determined by a few main things. Resolution, contrast, veiwing angles, and response times. Besides resolution, the plasma will beat the LCD in all categories hands down.
Resolution: Both types will offer the same resolutions, 720p and 1080p, so as far as picture clarity goes they will be equal.
Contrast: Plasma- 40,000:1 Native contrast LCD-5,000:1 Native contrast
Veiwing angles: Just step to the side of any LCD and watch the color become washed out. With plasma's it'd be difficult to notice any difference, even from extreme angles.
Response times: Plasma- 0.001ms response times LCD- 2ms response times at the fastest (between 4-6ms response times are much more common, which can cause a trailing/ghosting effect with much fast-motion.)
Burn-in is not an issue. Sure it's still possible to get brun-in on the newer models, but it's also POSSIBLE one of us will win the lotto..... Ok maybe the odds aren't as steep as that, but I would say it's like buying a scratcher and winning the grand prize for it.
Glare is becoming an equal problem amongst both technologies. With LCD's trying to match the color depth that plasma's can provide, many brands have turned to a glossy finish on their screens which pick up as much, if not more glare, than their plasma counterparts. Also brands such as Panasonic have Anti-reflective filters and much brighter pictures which help combat glare greatly.
Power consumption is pretty much equal now, its a non-issue.
Life-expectancy actually tips in favor of plasma's now.
There really is only one reason someone would choose LCD over plasma, and that is they like a brighter picture. And it's not that plasma's picture isnt bright enough, theyre more than bright enough. It's just that LCD's picture happens to be a little brighter. BUT there is a sacrifice to that brigtness, colors and blacks are much more washed out. So is it worth sacrificing all the benefits that plasma's offer over LCD's for a brighter picture? We're all entitled to our own opinion on the matter, but for me the answer is a definite NO. Get a Panasonic plasma.