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Old Nov 10, 2012, 03:33 PM   #26
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God forbid you actually take care of your own products. OMGGGG SCRATCHES REFUND REFUND REEEFUUUUUND.
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Old Nov 10, 2012, 03:41 PM   #27
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God forbid you actually take care of your own products. OMGGGG SCRATCHES REFUND REFUND REEEFUUUUUND.
I have an ipad 1 with less scratches than what is posted. Cases are cheap.
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Old Nov 10, 2012, 06:36 PM   #28
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I've had a black mini since Nov 2nd, with nothing but the smartcover. I'm mindful of where I put it when I put it down (I usually put it down on the covered side). However it's taken a few (short) trips in my purse, which is not the best place to be for that kind of things (and I'm being nice)

It's gotten out not very clean, but nothing a gentle swipe couldn't remove. No scratch. Now, my keys are not in the same pocket where it was, but still. Not a scratch.

Stop being over-worried about what-ifs and remember that any tablet or electronic devices is fragile and needs protection. Try not to clean them with a file either. It's just a matter of taking care of things normally.

From what I saw, a number of iPhones 5 had an abnormal problem. I don't think the mini has it.

Note : if problem there is -or lack of care- the white will have the same. It'll just be less obvious to the casual eye.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 06:12 PM   #29
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I saw 3 visible silver scratches when I unboxed my black iPad mini.

3 scratches, out of the box, really? They were very noticeable because the scratches shine. It's really upsetting. Doesn't Apple pride themselves quality? Anyway, I took it back and I'm waiting to buy the White and Silver one when they get in more stock.

Apple messed up with the black anodizing.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:36 AM   #30
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Is the back of the latest full-size iPad similar?

Not having had a any iPad or iPhone, I'm not sure what they are like.

I'm now thinking of buying the latest full-size iPad. Does that have the same vulnerable anodized back surface?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:47 AM   #31
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I've had my black LTE mini for about a week now, no scratches or scuffs so far, only using a Smart Cover for protection. As a counterpoint my black iPhone 5 was perfect out of he box but began to wear on the beveled edges after a week or so. The wear on the iPhone is noticeable if your looking for it but I don't feel it jumps right out at you. Also no scratches or scuffs on the back of the iPhone.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:50 AM   #32
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Not having had a any iPad or iPhone, I'm not sure what they are like.

I'm now thinking of buying the latest full-size iPad. Does that have the same vulnerable anodized back surface?
No. All the full size iPads have a silver anodized back, which hides scratches much better than the black one because the scratches are almost the same color as the back.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:59 AM   #33
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for me personally it is a non-issue. I use both a mini and an iphone "naked" and both are scratch and nick free....owning them both since launch dates.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 10:34 AM   #34
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I have ipad mini and iphone 5 both white and both no protection and they are both totally scratch free.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 10:48 AM   #35
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I've had my iPhone 5 since launch day and my iPad mini for almost 3 weeks and both are the black model and no scratches.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:22 AM   #36
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No. All the full size iPads have a silver anodized back, which hides scratches much better than the black one because the scratches are almost the same color as the back.
Thanks, that's good to know . . .though now I need to find another reason to choose between the black and white! Perhaps black around the screen is less distracting.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:34 PM   #37
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Thanks, that's good to know . . .though now I need to find another reason to choose between the black and white! Perhaps black around the screen is less distracting.
In the end you will need to try them both in a store, but the nutshell answer is that a bezel that matches most of what you see on the screen is less distracting.

So if what you do has mostly dark screens like movies get the black bezel. If you do more web browsing and reading get the white bezel. The white bezel also hides fingerprints better.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:16 PM   #38
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3 iPad minis (16GB/Black) and all had chipped/scratched bezels out of the box. 4th is perfect.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:27 PM   #39
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I bought a black ipad mini. I'm not really making any special effort to prevent it from getting scratches as I couldn't care less. With that said, I've not noticed a single scratch on mine, which was purchased on launch day.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:42 PM   #40
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3 iPad minis (16GB/Black) and all had chipped/scratched bezels out of the box. 4th is perfect.
You have too much time to waste...
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:10 PM   #41
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How so? I bought 3 at the same time for 3 different people - none of which cared about the scratches. The fourth was mine
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:23 PM   #42
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I've had a black mini since Nov 2nd, with nothing but the smartcover. I'm mindful of where I put it when I put it down (I usually put it down on the covered side). However it's taken a few (short) trips in my purse, which is not the best place to be for that kind of things (and I'm being nice)

It's gotten out not very clean, but nothing a gentle swipe couldn't remove. No scratch. Now, my keys are not in the same pocket where it was, but still. Not a scratch.

Stop being over-worried about what-ifs and remember that any tablet or electronic devices is fragile and needs protection. Try not to clean them with a file either. It's just a matter of taking care of things normally.

From what I saw, a number of iPhones 5 had an abnormal problem. I don't think the mini has it.

Note : if problem there is -or lack of care- the white will have the same. It'll just be less obvious to the casual eye.
I'm very mindful of where I put my iPad mini too. In fact, I never place it on hard surfaces. Never. I know that if I do it will scuff and scratch. I only place my iPad on soft surfaces like my bed or sheets.

This thing is going to look brand new when I sell it to earn back some money for the iPad mini 2.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 04:56 PM   #43
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I'm very mindful of where I put my iPad mini too. In fact, I never place it on hard surfaces. Never. I know that if I do it will scuff and scratch. I only place my iPad on soft surfaces like my bed or sheets.

This thing is going to look brand new when I sell it to earn back some money for the iPad mini 2.
The difference between one scratched and one mint will hardly be 30-50 bucks, not worth treating it like some kind of sandstone fossil. Enjoy your device, don't care about scratches etc.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:30 PM   #44
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In the end you will need to try them both in a store, but the nutshell answer is that a bezel that matches most of what you see on the screen is less distracting.

So if what you do has mostly dark screens like movies get the black bezel. If you do more web browsing and reading get the white bezel. The white bezel also hides fingerprints better.
Difficult to say exactly how we'll use it not having had one before, though I expect it will mainly be browsing with a bit of emailing, iPhoto, and so on.

Useful tip about the fingerprints, though. Thanks again.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:56 PM   #45
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I suggest reading the Anandtech review. Anand states the anodized coating seems durable and his test unit was free from scratches unlike the iPhone 5. FWIW, I believe Apple enforced tighter quality control standards at Foxconn following the iPhone scratch issues.

However, I still carry around a microfiber cloth to lay my black iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Once my Smart Cover arrives, I'll fold it over backwards, like I did for my iPad 1, 2 and 3. I'm glad the new Smart Cover removed the metal hinge. It really stained the backs.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:46 PM   #46
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Difficult to say exactly how we'll use it not having had one before, though I expect it will mainly be browsing with a bit of emailing, iPhoto, and so on.

Useful tip about the fingerprints, though. Thanks again.
Well browsing and emailing is primarily on white backgrounds but honestly just get th color you fancy. The bezel disappears when you focus on the screen.
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