All iPads White Bezel Distracting For Viewing Movies/TV Shows?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AppleRobert, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Just curious as I want this concern of mine covered before buying a 4th gen. Thanks in advance for your reply.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
  3. macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2012
    Yep. I originally had a white iPad 3 to match my phone, but found that the white bezel was a lot harder to "disappear" in to when viewing video content or playing games. For this reason, I went with the black iPad mini and love it. I'll probably always have a white iPhone, though. Best of both worlds! :cool:
  4. macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2010
    My iPhone is white but prefer the iPad in black for the same reasons as above. Ideally visit an Apple store or a retailer who has both colours on display, so you can judge for yourself, after all it is you who is going to be using it.
  5. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    If you mostly use the ipad for watching videos then yes it can be distracting, but I spend more time reading, emails, and surfing so the screen usually has a light colored or white background. So for me the white iPad is best.
  6. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area
    Depends on the ambient lightning you're in. If its dark then u won't notice it.
  7. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I've had the white ipad 3 since it was first released. My ipad 1 and 2 where both black. I would agree that the white does take some getting used to. It doesn't disappear while watching a movie. That's probably why you never see flat screen TV's in white.

    I've gotten used to it. I like the white for looks sake. But will probably go back to black when the ipad 5 comes out. Unless of course the bezel is a lot smaller like the mini.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2012
    I guess it's different for everyone. I have all white iOS devices and find them fine for anything, including watching movies.
  9. pk7
    macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    Agreed. I've never had a problem watching any sort of video in any lighting on my white devices.
  10. macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2008
    Orbiting Planet Apple
    Having come from black iPads and being something of a home theater fanatic, I thought I might be bothered by the white bezel on my iPad. It took about a day to get used to it and now I don't even notice it.
  11. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2007
    For movies, definitely black bezel.

    There's a reason most televisions have a black bezel.

    I tried a white iPad for a while, they look great when off and more distinct (though what is distinct these days? Everybody has an iSomething). And for web and email and stuff, the bezel size feels more justified and seamless.

    I actually don't mind the big bezel though. I don't want my grip getting in the way of seeing things. For the mini form factor, it seems less an issue.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    White here and no problems either.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2012
  14. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Samsung uses a white bezel on some of their mid-end models (at least in Europe).
  15. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    That's cool.. I've never seen any white Flat screens here in the States. That doesn't mean they don't sell them. I have a 47 and a 34 inch Samsung. Both in black.
  16. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2012
    I used to have a black iPad. The mini I have now is white. The bezel doesn't bother me. :)
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    Switched from a black generation 1 to a white generation 2 and love it. As some others have said, I was aware of the white border when watching movies for about a day, then I became used to it and now it doesn't bother me at all. Overall, I've been very happy with the white iPad and may choose white again for my next one. YMMV.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Bel Air, CA
    Its not distracting.
  19. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Actually, it looks quite cheap-ish, but whatever floats your boat. My Samsung TV has a wafer thin metal bezel (high-end 8 series).

    /end hijack :)
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    I went from black to white just for a change. I figured I would swap it out within a week and go back to black, but actually I got used to it.
    In fact, I think the white makes the mini look a bit larger.
    I now think black looks boring like every other tablet out there.
    The white is a very clean look. No distracting here.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    My wife has the white while I have the black. Black is so much more comfortable on the eyes (you don't have the presence of a white bezel glaring at you in dark scenes) to watch Videos on the black as it doesn't feel like you're watching a video in a white box. Yes you will get use to white like anything else but with black, well it just works.:p
  22. TG1
    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2011
    I went from a black iPad 1 to a white iPad 3. I don't really notice any change in how distracted my eyes are during anything (watching movies, photo viewing, web browsing, etc).
  23. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2013
    Once you go black, you can never return to using a white-colored bezel.
  24. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Another "yes" here. It's why I always go black bezel, always will if available. It's not a fashion item, it's a device. I'm going to look at it, not wear it. Who cares black is boring looking. Who stares at a device when its turned off?
  25. thread starter macrumors 68040

    Nov 12, 2012
    Thanks for your input.

    I never owned anything but black electronics where applicable. The white would be a change of pace and I probably can get to use to it if it was distracting to begin with but why bother. If I ever bought an iPhone, it would be black also.

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