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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Switched out my Black mini for White

I picked up a 32gb Black iPad mini on Friday past (mostly because that was the only colour in stock at the time). Unfortunately, I had a prominent scuff in the chamfer on the right side of the iPad and a couple of small gaps in the bezel (they looked to be filled with excess glue). After wiping away the glue I decided that it wasn't worth the hassle to exchange the iPad so I kept it. Six days later I grew tired of dust and dirt collecting in the bezel gap and the chamfer scuff was getting on my nerves so tonight I returned the black model and picked up a White 32gb mini sight unseen (my local Bestbuy still doesn't have them on display)

I'm super happy with the white model. There is a very small dent in the silver chamfer at the top of the iPad but it isn't noticeable due to it being silver. Otherwise it's perfect - and coming from a white iPad 2, I'm partial to white Apple products. The black is nice but after seeing that silver scuff in the black chamfer I can only imagine what it'll look like after a few months with just a Smart Cover!

I'm thinking Apple has some QA issues with Mini production given that I've had two of them with nicks or scratches in the chamfer out of the box. Both of mine had F4 serial numbers if that means anything.

Overall, after nearly a week of use, for my purposes, I really prefer the mini form factor over the full size iPad. I upgraded from an iPad 2 so I have no problems with a non-retna a display.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Me too

I too started out with a black ipad mini (16GB wifi) because it was the only one available at the time. However, I swapped it for the white after I began to notice posts about how easily the black gets nicks in it. Yes, I'm OCD and cosmetics are important to me because I take care of my possessions. Also, Apple would not be making this item in black if cosmetics didn't matter to its fan base.
And yes, my ipad is an art piece, a tool and a toy for you hatters out there that feel like you should beat up your i-products because they are only "tools." For those of us who care about presentation (taking care of what we posses), we'll most likely have better resale value of our i-products... just some quick thoughts after reading some hatters harassing people who have been concerned about the finish on their black ipad minis getting scratches.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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I went back and forth for days when I knew I was going to be returning my black Sprint model because of sprint. I eventually stuck with the black for a few reasons:
- its nondescript. There are a few benefits to that.

The first being that you can just use the device for what you intended it for without admiring it, wondering if the white bezel is picking up more visible dirt, etc.

The second is that it's slightly less conspicuous to thieves when in a folio case. With an app open, it's not immediately noticeable that its an ipad and worth $200ish+ more than the android, kindle, etc (64g lte especially). While looking similar to the competitors is not appealing to some people, i ride the subway daily and thats a benefit for me. pro thieves can spot it immediately of course but the idea is it will dissuade temptation a bit.

The third is movies and reading. The black bezel sort of "gets out of the way" in a darkened room on your way to sleep. The white is always in the margins and peripherals.

I've also never had a white bezel on an iDevice before and wasn't sure if it would be great at first but eventually annoy me.

So I stuck with the black. But yeah the white is very very nice looking too.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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I also started with a black iPad mini and swapped it out for a white model due to scratches appearing on the chamfered edge (not caused by me) and some big gaps in the upper left corner of the bezel too. The screen was clearly not planted properly because the bezel was uneven and completely off. (Made in China)

Anyway, I went through 2 bad white iPad minis (hair in screen and Wi-Fi bug) before finally getting a good one. *knocks on wood*

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I ride the subway daily and I've had about 6-10 people start talking to me because of my iPad mini in the 3 weeks I've had it. These are New Yorkers of all people too. It's crazy how much attention this device gets. I've also noticed people staring and smiling at my Mini too. Some people are still unaware of iPad mini.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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I'm reading this post in a dimly lit room on a black iPad 4 thinking to myself how glad I am I choose the black over white because how the retina screen REALLY pops and the black border gets out of the way and fades into the back...also glad I went with the powerhouse iPad 4 with gorgeous big screen and laptop class processor with double the RAM over the recycled iPad 2, otherwise known as the mini
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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I'm reading this post in a dimly lit room on a black iPad 4 thinking to myself how glad I am I choose the black over white because how the retina screen REALLY pops and the black border gets out of the way and fades into the back...also glad I went with the powerhouse iPad 4 with gorgeous big screen and laptop class processor with double the RAM over the recycled iPad 2, otherwise known as the mini
At least you didn't attempt any underhanded & backhanded or otherwise crass comments about the most popular computing device of 2012. Otherwise, you could have appeared tarded.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:59 PM   #7
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At least you didn't attempt any underhanded & backhanded or otherwise crass comments about the most popular computing device of 2012. Otherwise, you could have appeared tarded.
Oh...was it that obvious?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:12 PM   #8
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I'm reading this post in a dimly lit room on a black iPad 4 thinking to myself how glad I am I choose the black over white because how the retina screen REALLY pops and the black border gets out of the way and fades into the back...also glad I went with the powerhouse iPad 4 with gorgeous big screen and laptop class processor with double the RAM over the recycled iPad 2, otherwise known as the mini
I think you need a female in your life, bud.

You sound utterly lonely!
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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I think you need a female in your life, bud.

You sound utterly lonely!
She is sound asleep on my lap now...gorgeous girl btw! I don't see the correlation between my post and needing a woman, but anywhoo...not here to argue, just to post my opinion for those trying to decide the best bang for their buck. Black, iPad 4...
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 07:56 AM   #10
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I think you need a female in your life, bud.

You sound utterly lonely!
Why female?

Thanks to the OP, I will be paying special attention to my chamfer when I open mini at Christmas.
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