iPad mini black and slate looks so prone to scratches

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ventuss, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I just opened my new iPad Mini (black), and it is so beautiful and delicate.

    How do you protect it when not on your hands? The black finish looks so prone to scratches, is it? I always found hard to scratch the standard iPad, now this one scares me of not being careful enough.

    I don't want to use a case, because cases are thick and make the mini looks bigger and heavier, so I was planning on using a Smart Cover + Sleeve.
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    Mine is a month old now, caseless and no scratches. I take it to work with me everyday. Live your life and stop worrying about little things.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What I mean is when you need to put it over a desk or let it sit everywhere.

    Will it scratch from that?
     
  4. macrumors 601

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    It's aluminum. It can dent and scratch.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I treat my iPad 2 like a paper book and let my nieces use it all day, there is no case and the aluminum don't look bad because scratches are hard to spot, now the iPhone 5 which reminds me the iPad mini finish, the scratches are horribles, light silver.
     
  6. skiltrip, Jul 3, 2013
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    I use a smart cover and an Incase Neoprene Sleeve. Perfect solution to what you want. I carry it around with me and put it down wherever. The smart cover provides me with stand options and extra glass protection. If I want to use the iPad naked, I just pull off the smart cover. I find this setup very versatile and practical as well. Recently I added the Rocketfish hard case from Best Buy. Its basically a thin plastic shell to cover the back for more peace of mind. It all fits nicely in the sleeve too.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the demo units at stores they look pretty good.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    A good suggestion if you don't want to use a case is to invest in a skin for the back of the iPad. I use an iCarbons on my black/slate mini. However, I also have it in a black Speck Candyshell as no skin will protect from drops. :D
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I my have bigger problems :/

    1/3 or maybe 1/4 of my screen is yellow.. The screen is perfect, except for that. Is it true that it may be glue? It is not normal, how can just the botton be yellow?
     
  10. macrumors 68020

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    If my Black iPhone 5 had a finish as good as my Black iPad Mini, I'd be satisfied. But there's quite a difference. I carry them both daily so the exposure is almost identical. The iPad remains blemish & scratch free. I can't say the same about the iPhone.
     
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    Do you live near an Apple Store? I would take it in to get it checked out. Compare it to the iPad's in the store and if it definitely looks yellow you should get a new one.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    I had exactly the same problem after three weeks. Take it back and get it swapped out.
     
  13. macrumors G3

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    I'm just using a smart cover around the house, I have not gotten any scratches on my iPad mini yet and I've had it since November. And yes, it's black and slate.

    Time to get it replaced under warranty.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    I switched from an iPad 3 to the mini and gave my 3 to my wife. I always like a hard shell on the back my iPads, not only to protect them but I find that it improves grip on them.

    I am using this one from Amazon for $7 and change. Clear so the back of the mini is visible but gives me the protection I am looking for. I also use a Smart Cover for it as we'll. This shell helps hold the Smart Cover in place and not disconnect by accident. It is cheap enough that if I need to replace it I can without a huge cost. I take the Mini to work each day, watch videos and surf the net at lunch.

    poetic ipad mini hard shell - clear
     
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There is no apple store in brazil other than the website. Got it yesterday and call Apple today. Apple told me to take it to repair. :/
     
  16. macrumors 6502

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    I've had mine for about 7 months and have had no issues with scratches. i use it everyday for work in and out of a briefcase. I use a smart cover but no skin on the back.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Return it. Send it in as a return, not a warranty problem, then order a new one. If they send you a warranty replacement it'll probably be refurbished. I'm not saying that's bad but I'd still prefer to get a new one.
     
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I returned it. I sant to order another one, but I'm afraid of getting another bad screen.
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    White is ageing fast - then looking dirty.
     
  20. macrumors 68020

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    I ordered two minis in the last few weeks. Both are fine. I'd say you have a MUCH greater chance of getting a good screen than you do another bad one. Don't worry about it.
     
  21. macrumors G3

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    My girl has the black Mini and she keeps it in a cheap Amazon case like this without a hole around the logo:

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    When she's out and about its in one of her bags loose with everything else. There is one slight scratch by the lightning port and a few nicks on the bevel. Everything else looks fine.
     
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    I have a case like that on my Nexus 7 and love it. I've been thinking of getting one for my Mini also. The one on my Nexus 7 is from Poetic.
     
  23. macrumors G3

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    I think that's the one she has, she likes it. My only complaint is that i have to keep bending the latch a bit for I to stay firmly closed.
     

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