iPad Apple iPad Air screen feels "springy" and "cheap"......

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Rockies, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Rockies macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2011
    I noticed that the screen on the screen on the new Air feels "springy" and "cheap". The Ipad 4 and prior generation screens felt "solid". When you tap on the new Air screen it feels like it is hollow (springy effect) below where as the prior generation ipads when you tap on the screen if feels solid (solid glass like). Obviously the screen is new and lighter, but damn I am not happy with it. Also does not feel as "smooth" when gliding finger over it. Like the reduced size, but would rather have the same glass screen as the prior Ipad generations. Should have kept my Ipad4.
  2. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    You still can!
    Easy fix:
    Return your iPad Air and purchase another iP4 on the secondary market. Chances are you will pick it up even cheaper than you sold yours for as they appear to be so many dumped into the marketplace right now.

  3. dvboy macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2010
    Never really noticed it until you mentioned it,not a big deal to me.I believe part of the weight reduction was reducing the thickness of the the glass.
  4. xendula macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    I noticed that as well, coming from an iPad 3. I guess that's the price for a lighter device, but it makes me hold off on selling my iPad 3, and I still grab it a lot instead of the iPad Air. I'd almost want to keep the 3 for in-home use and the Air for out and about. Hmmm.

    The smaller bezel also is a bit of a drawback when I use my handwriting apps like Noteshelf. Again, that's the price to pay for a smaller, lighter device. :(
  5. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    The Air's screen is much thinner, and therefore lighter, than the previous iPads. The Mini's screen is also much thinner, and it only took a few days for me to get used to it. The Air feels normal to me, because I abandoned using my iPad 4 a long time ago. Rest assured, the screen is glass, and its specs were highlighted during the October event.

    P.S. One of Apple's videos show the Air being dropped in slow motion. It bounces and flexes after hitting the floor, and I imagine the old iPads would shatter. I'm not going to handle May Air carelessly, but lighter weight along with a more flexible screen might actually save you a couple hundred dollars.
  6. Rockies thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2011
    Guess it will take some time getting use to, like with any new device. Well at least I have 30 days before I make my final decision to keep it.
  7. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    Fingerprints aren't a big issue at all and the Air runs quite cool.

    This is what I noticed more than me agreeing with any threads about the display feeling cheap regardless.


    30 days? Where did you buy it?
  8. gentleman00 macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Yeap. That's what I noticed too.
  9. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    14 days, not 30 days here in the USA

  10. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    I don't know how hard your guys tap your iPad screens, but I haven't noticed any difference in my experience going from iPad 3 to the new Air. And I've owned the iPad 2 and original before...

    To anyone concerned about all these posts regarding a "cheap" feeling screen, my advice is to disregard it as overly sensitive ********, no offense intended to anyone posting here who is is overly sensitive. :)
  11. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    It's not a cheap feeling,but it definitely is different .
  12. Saberj macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2010
    I noticed the difference as well, going from an iPad 2 to the Air. However, it doesn't really seem "cheap" to me. Just...different. If I drum my finger nails on on the screen, that's where I can tell the biggest difference. The Air sounds hollow, where the iPad 2 doesn't. But I love the design of the Air. I thought the smaller bezel would annoy me, but really I don't notice it a whole lot.
  13. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Not sure where you bought it but 30 day return policies on electronics are not the norm even at Walmart. Usually it's 14 days.
  14. Rockies thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2011
    I bought mine at Target and they said that it was 30 days. I just looked at my reciept and it says return by 01/04/2014. So looks like it is actually 90 days.
  15. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
  16. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Or just get used to it. They'll hardly make it thicker for the next one.
  17. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    The difference is noticeable but the weight outweighs the thinner screen IMO. I got used to it pretty quickly. I just love the fact I can read a book now without my arm getting so tired. :)
  18. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Well that's good! Probably because it's the holiday season. Most places have a return policy through January.
  19. kingalien macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2010
    The Mini felt the same first time I used it. Expected similar with the Air but after using it all day I think the Air feels a little more solid than the Mini. As others have said, insignificant difference for losing some weight on the Air.
  20. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    What a brilliant and unique new thread ;) There are only three identical ones on the same page. Don't people read before posting anymore..?
  21. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    Honestly the word cheap did come to mind when I gave it a few taps but I've grown comfortable with it. Sure a sturdy feel is nice but it fits with the air motif. I'll take the different "feel" to get the wonderful weight.
  22. Iphonedai macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2014
    i wouldnt say its cheapy feeling, just lighter and less layers of glass there.. hence the lighter feel! I love mine to be honest..:)
  23. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Me too. The screen feels great when typing on it. No problems at all. :)
  24. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I went from a 3 to the iPad Air. I don't feel what the op is talking about. I couldn't be happier with mine. :)
  25. Newtons Apple, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Looking at the date of this post, I would say that the OP got over this almost a year ago!

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