I just thought I'd take a moment to share a positive story regarding the iPad's budding reputation for backlight bleed. My first 64GB Wifi had terrible "flashlights" shining in from all sides; backlight bleed at its finest. I scheduled a Genius Bar appointment through the Apple Store iPhone app (love it) and arrived a minute or two early for my Wednesday appointment. The gentleman checking people in for their appointments - Adam at the Apple store on Stockton in San Francisco - was delightfully pleasant. He logged a few notes in their system as we chatted and then asked if he could take a preliminary look at the issue. In the bright lighting of the Apple store, the backlight bleed was impossible for him to see. No problem. He immediately passed me along to a Genius Bar rep - Diana - and she took the iPad into the back room. She came out 30 seconds later and said, "Yep. That's a problem." She then informed me that their stock situation was poor and she'd work to get me a "retail replacement" ASAP (she also offered a "service replacement," but I expressed concern with that option and she completely understood). Thursday morning I had my new iPad in hand; factory sealed and ready for a fresh sync. I powered it up last night and, per usual, was presented with the "Connect to iTunes" screen (it was at this moment on my first iPad 2 when I first spotted the backlight bleed). And...Perfect! Not a flashlight to be seen! There is the slightest bit of backlight "haze" around the edges of the LCD panel at full brightness, but - to be clear - this is normal for an edge lit display (hence the reason I prefer plasma over those darn trendy-thin edge-lit LED LCD televisions). My advice to those who are dealing with below-standard iPads: Be kind and patient with the folks at the Apple store, but insist on a product that earns your cash. If you're not satisfied with the product, exchange or return it. It's just a gadget. No need to get all bent out of shape if you just can't manage to get an iPad that meets or exceeds your expectations...There's always the iPad 3. Nathan P.S. I had planned on following my own advice and was prepared to return my iPad 2 for a full refund had the replacement exhibited the same backlight issue (which is why I objected to the "service replacement"). With that said, I'm delighted that I get to keep my fancy new toy (I mean...*ahem*...productivity tool)!