iPad mini iPad mini build quality and fingerprints

Discussion in 'iPad' started by shadowjeff, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    I just got the ipad mini yesterday, and I love the size and everything else about it. The screen does bug me though but it has nothing to do with the screen resolution, it has more to do with the build quality of the screen.

    I'm not entirely sure how to describe it but when you touch the glass of the ipad mini screen, it actually doesn't feel as solid or high quality as the glass on the ipad 4. It feels as though it can be bend. Not sure if its because of the thinner layer between the glass and LCD panel, but the glass kinda makes the ipad mini feels a little cheap.

    Another issue is the fingerprints on this thing, it is driving me crazy. Just used it for a day, the fingerprints are everywhere on the screen. I don't eat anything oily when using any of my electronic devices and the fingerprints isn't that apparent at all when I'm using the normal ipad and my iPhone 5. Tried wiping them off with a microfibres cloth but the fingerprint 'oil' seems to not come off at all.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    I can careless about the screen not being of high quality or not.

    Easily getting fingerprints on the back is a bit of an annoyance that I noticed though. Oh well.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Get a case and screen protector, problem solved... Both those items can be had for under $10.
  4. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    I have a 3rd gen iPad and I'm constantly wiping the screen on it too.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    I put a matte finish protector on my iPad and don't have to worry about wiping fingerprints anymore. I also got a thin case for the back so, again, I don't have to wipe off constantly.
  6. macrumors 601


    Nov 15, 2012
    BREAKING NEWS: if you touch the screen, you will leave fingerprints.. which is annoying :rolleyes:
  7. macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    I use a ZAGG Invisible Shield HD. You don't notice the screen is even there and it takes care of the fingerprint issue.
  8. macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2010
    Same here...it looks good. Tried a case I got at Walmart which started pulling it up on one side, returned it and I am now waiting on a sleeve ordered from Amazon which should allow me to leave the smartcover on.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
    The screen is sxxi. If you even slightly accidentally drop the mini the screen will shatter. This is definitely NOT gorilla glass. I can just imagine after Xmas when kids get their hands on this thing the lineup at the Genius Bar for shattered screens. Apple's going to have come up with a new one.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    New York, NY
    I got the White & Silver model yesterday and no visible smudges on the back or front! Woohoo!

    I can care less if you're "pedantic" and find it irritating. Just contribute to the thread.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    I've got an iPad 2 and an iPad 3. The 3 is significantly more prone to getting covered with fingerprints than the 2 is, with the same amount and type of use. Not sure if they changed their coating or what, but it sounds like the Mini is more similar to the 3. Bummer.

  12. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2009
  13. macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    Not true. I dropped mine out of the car and onto the cement on Saturday from about 3 feet up in my husbands work van and it didn't shatter. Didn't even crack a corner or anything. It was in a knitted case at the time, but it was perfect when I took it out of the case.

    Yes, I was freaking out and I though my husband was going to have a heart attack considering I had only had it for 24 hours at that point.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2010
    I see no difference in smudges or reflections between my mini and my now sold iPad 3.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2012
    Paris, France
    I switched my Ipad 2 for a mini and the difference in terms of left fingerprints is huge. I spend my time cleaning the mini which I did not need to do on the 2.

    What has changed between the 2 screens?
  16. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Don't know but I have sort of an interesting story. I personally rid myself of the Mini and the fingerprints was a reason besides the screen and older chip.

    My GF saw an open box ipad 2 in BB the other day. She went to the display area to first check this model out. She immediately noticed far less fingerprints. I said well how but the text? She said it was OK but she knew she could use a different browser like Perfect so we went back to the employee and she purchased it. We get it back to her place, opened the box and the thing was brand spanking new, the ipad 2 still in plastic wrap along with the connector and charger as well!

    She is returning the Mini getting a new ipad 2 basically for the same price.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2011
    Don't want fingerprints all over your device? Don't use it.
  18. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Apart from physical size, there are no discernible differences in hardware. The processor is similar (A5 in iPad mini is slightly faster), screen resolution is same, both panels are IPS, camera is better on iPad mini, etc. iPad mini has stereo speakers which is better than the mono speaker in iPad 2. Now if she got an iPad 3 then I'd say that is a big difference.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    She liked the size of it better to tell the truth versus the Mini. It isn't a BIG difference from the 3 or 4 size and weight but it is noticable.

    See noticed the fingerprint difference with it and the Mini which kind of shocked me. I never mentioned it to her it was one of the reasons I returned the Mini.


    Geez! You know how some people are on this forum by just looking at some of the threads. EVERYTHING matters to some. :)

    And something changed, the difference is noticable. And why if it was enough to bother some folks did it need to? If that feature wasn't broken to begin with, why make it worse? :)

    I guess maybe there are different screen manufacturers so that might be it.

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