Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPad

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 PM   #1
j0n24
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
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.
j0n24 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 07:23 PM   #2
athletejmv
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
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.
athletejmv is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 07:42 PM   #3
davideotape
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
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.
__________________
'13 15" MBPr; '13 11"MBA; iPhone 5; iPad Mini
davideotape is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 07:56 PM   #4
EMAN19
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
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*

----------

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.
__________________

iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB White iPhone 4 16GB White iPod Nano 8GB Silver
EMAN19 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:40 PM   #5
flavr
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
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
flavr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:52 PM   #6
OdT22
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
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.
OdT22 is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 08:59 PM   #7
flavr
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by OdT22 View Post
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?
flavr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:00 PM   #8
OdT22
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
Oh...was it that obvious?
Lol!
OdT22 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:10 PM   #9
LS1
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
I bought a white mini, ended up selling it, and bought a black mini. I like the black so much more. I feel like the white looks really cheap on an ipad. I have a white iphone and prefer it to the black so who knows what is wrong with me.
LS1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:12 PM   #10
EMAN19
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
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!
__________________

iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB White iPhone 4 16GB White iPod Nano 8GB Silver
EMAN19 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:22 PM   #11
flavr
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by EMAN19 View Post
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...
flavr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:40 PM   #12
darngooddesign
macrumors G3
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA
Actually the Mini, which runs all the software your 4 does, is a better bang for the buck.
__________________
64 giggity... giggity... gigg-i-ty
Lego Apple Store
darngooddesign is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:49 PM   #13
flavr
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by darngooddesign View Post
Actually the Mini, which runs all the software your 4 does, is a better bang for the buck.
Agreed...issue is you won't be able to say that in a year or two...Apple has a nasty habit of phasing out older outdated hardware very quickly with their OS updates...both IOS and OSX

I suppose at that point you can sell the mini and get version 2 or 3...but it's going to have the same hardware as the iPad 4 available today...making the current iPad 4 the better bang...

Last edited by flavr; Dec 2, 2012 at 09:54 PM.
flavr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 PM   #14
rmhop81
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Dallas, Tx
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
Agreed...issue is you won't be able to say that in a year or two...Apple has a nasty habit of phasing out older outdated hardware very quickly with their OS updates...both IOS and OSX

I suppose at that point you can sell the mini and get version 2 or 3...but it's going to have the same hardware as the iPad 4 available today...making the current iPad 4 the better bang...
Relax bud, look what happened to iPad 3. Why try to start an argument? Big deal....you bought a full size iPad, go you! Do you want a pat on the back?
__________________
MBA|11.6"|128GB iPad rMini|32GB|LTE iPhone 5|16GB Apple TV Time Capsule
rmhop81 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:26 PM   #15
EMAN19
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
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...
Really? Are you sure about that? Because judging from your snide and condescending post it looks like the contrary. Enjoy your device and chill out. In the end we're all Apple users. And you're not the only one with an iPad 4 either.
__________________

iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB White iPhone 4 16GB White iPod Nano 8GB Silver
EMAN19 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:20 AM   #16
dinggus
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
I love white iPhones, and I wanted a white iPad mini, but due to the backing I thought it didn't look to good.

Now you have me questioning myself! I picked black because it blends in better for my usage, and I assumed I'd only get the white iPad if I used it for reading which I don't.
dinggus is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:56 AM   #17
PhiladelphiaX
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
To me, white Apple products seem more like a fashion statement where as the black Apple products seem more sleek and sophisticated. I don't know, it might just be a personal thing for me. I usually see younger kids with white Apple products and older adults with black Apple products.

I enjoy the black iPad a lot more than the white one (I tested with both of them extensively). I have a black leather folio case for mine, so it blends it pretty nicely. Not only that, but when I'm watching movies on my iPad, the black lining around the screen really helps to maintain that cinematic effect. The white lining on the white iPads are overwhelming and very distracting in that regard. iPads almost never get scratched - unless you're not good at taking care of your products.

Plus, black is shinier :-) Can't complain about that.
PhiladelphiaX is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 12:59 AM   #18
GreatDrok
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New Zealand
White looks best

I've played with both black and white in stores and ended up getting whitey here because it looks really nice, especially with the Product(Red) cover. Matches my white iPhone nicely too. I love the weight and size and am not finding browsing any harder than on my full size iPad 1. Very pleased.
__________________
Retina MacBook Pro 13" i5 16GB 500GB SSD, Mac mini C2D + 20" ACD 8GB 960GB SSD, iPad mini 64G WiFi+cellular, ATV2, ATV3, iPhone 4 16GB
GreatDrok is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 01:16 AM   #19
iHeartsteve
macrumors 6502a
 
iHeartsteve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
I've had thoughts about trading my black mini for the white. But the black edge on the screen is just so noticable on the white border. I wish they could have just reversed the top time bar and added white border for screen display.

I have cellular version and I hate the way the white bar at the top looks on the white iPad. If it blended in with the device more, then maybe I'd get the white.

All black for more so far. I love the way the black iphone5 matches my mini and iPad.

I guess I'm staying with black.
__________________
iPhone5 64G
iPad3 32G LTE
AppleTV3 | iPad mini 16G LTE
MacBook Pro | 15 Retina Display
iHeartsteve is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 06:39 AM   #20
darngooddesign
macrumors G3
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Atlanta, GA
Quote:
Originally Posted by flavr View Post
Agreed...issue is you won't be able to say that in a year or two...Apple has a nasty habit of phasing out older outdated hardware very quickly with their OS updates...both IOS and OSX

I suppose at that point you can sell the mini and get version 2 or 3...but it's going to have the same hardware as the iPad 4 available today...making the current iPad 4 the better bang...
Apple has a habbit of support two years of hardware, possibly more. Which means that if version 2 has the iPad 4's hardware, or even a bit less, it will be supported. The Mini is still a better bang.

In regards to Apple phasing out old hardware on OSX, I'm about to install Mountain Lion on a 2008 Unibody MBP. I consider four years of OS updates to be pretty good.
__________________
64 giggity... giggity... gigg-i-ty
Lego Apple Store
darngooddesign is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 06:51 AM   #21
AppleChampagne
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by darngooddesign View Post
Actually the Mini, which runs all the software your 4 does, is a better bang for the buck.
^^^^this

I suppose its the difference between carrying a tank and a pad of paper;P

AC
AppleChampagne is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 06:56 AM   #22
wrkactjob
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London
Quote:
Originally Posted by EMAN19 View Post
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.
wrkactjob is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 3, 2012, 02:07 PM   #23
EMAN19
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrkactjob View Post
Why female?

Thanks to the OP, I will be paying special attention to my chamfer when I open mini at Christmas.
Does it really matter?
__________________

iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB White iPhone 4 16GB White iPod Nano 8GB Silver
EMAN19 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > iPad

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad Mini: iPad Mini Black vs White (Black & Slate vs White & Silver) Iceboie iPad 62 Jun 26, 2013 09:05 PM
iPad Mini: Traded my black and slate 32 gb wifi mini for a white 16gb verizon mini. Jacoblee23 iPad 16 Nov 20, 2012 08:58 PM
iPad Mini: Black or White clamping iPhone 7 Nov 1, 2012 11:35 PM
Black or White Mini? visualise-this iPad 5 Oct 24, 2012 08:41 AM
Last day to return: has anyone switched from white to black? wiivile iPhone 24 Oct 19, 2012 08:22 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:53 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC