All iPads Does anybody else prefer the cooler/brighter non-retina screens?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zooby, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. zooby, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  2. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Well, that's an interesting reason to get an iPad Mini.
  3. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2012
    I had an iPad 3 with a bright bluish-white screen similar to the iPad 2. I had difficulty finding an iPad 4 with a good screen. It took 4 tries because the first 3 had yellow tinting on various parts of the screen. The 4th has what I consider a perfect screen. It has no tints and is very bright, but the screen is a "warmer" and what I believe to be a more "correct" white. I think this screen with the retina display is far superior to the bright bluish white screen on the iPad 2, but that is just my preference. From my experience and from what I've read, it is unfortunately getting harder to get a great screen on these devices.
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I prefer the iPad 4 screen which is far more color accurate.
  5. batting1000 macrumors 604

    Sep 4, 2011
    I don't notice / worry about and tints on my displays. I just use the device.
  6. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    You should give Anandtechs iPad reviews a look, they test pretty much everything about the screens. They make for interesting comparisons.
  7. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hard to appreciate well balanced screen temps when the resolution is so inferior for many tasks. It's a damn shame that Apple doesn't just give user access to LCD calibration, similar to that available in system preferences in Mac OS.
  8. zooby, Jan 4, 2013
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    zooby thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
  9. Signor S. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2011
    I find the blacks on the iPad 3 particularly pop when you press the sleep button . . . . could just be me though.
  10. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2012
  11. Bokes macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    iPad 3 is gorgeous.

    Mini looks slightly washed out when compared.
  12. Aspasia, Jan 7, 2013
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    Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    What's it to you if he/she is happy with a non-retina screen?
  13. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I liked the super white / cool tone of my iPad 2. It was similar tint to my iPhone 4. I sold the iPad 2 back in july and bought a 3. The 3 was allot warmer than my iPhone 4 as I no longer had the iPad 2 to compare to....

    I eventually traded my first 3 in an a Genius bar visit refurbed one due to screen bleed (primarily hazy pink tones along bottom of screen) which caused the whiteness to not be uniform. My second iPad 3 had a cooler tone than the first and the colors were closer to the iPhone 4, only a tad bit more vibrant. I typically ran my iPhone 4 around 50 to 75% brightness to acheive what I could get at 30% or so on my iPad 3.

    Since getting an iPhone 5, which is even more vibrant than the iPhone 4 and saturated too, I now think the iPad 3 I have is allot cooler tone than others I've seen.

    Even a new iPad Mini had the similar saturation as my iPhone 5. I like it, don't get me wrong, but it seems a bit too yellow when compared to my nice looking iPad 3 display.
  14. PattyMc macrumors regular


    Mar 7, 2012
    I have an iPad 4 generation with a cool white temperature. Not sure why this one has the cooler screen when most I have seen has the warmer. I like it though!
  15. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    I'm happy with the non-retina screen. But I'd be much happier with the retina screen because in almost every way it is superior (power being the primary drawback).

    So it isn't really an insult to call the OP crazy because the technology behind retina is solid and the flaws he sees are due to poor color calibration and manufacturer issues that are not necessarily going to be present in the retina mini.
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I have an iPad 2, 3 and mini, and while the 3 is warmer than 2, I got used to the warmer tint quickly. Now both the mini and 2's colors feel duller than the 3. Tint aside, the colors just seem to "pop" more on the 3 -- black is blacker, blue is bluer, red and green are more red and green, etc. I don't even know if the mini has the same tint as the 2 or not, because all I notice is that the colors seem dull.
  17. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    It doesn't matter to me. I have an iPad 2 and the color palette is cooler where my iPad 3 has a warmer hue. I like both looks and if you do a side by side comparison they are not that far off.
  18. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    I actually prefer my iPad 2 a bit more than my iPad 4 -- mostly because of the drawbacks the Retina Display brought to the iPad.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the crisper text and in general, the color and saturation of the display.

    I don't like the weight, thickness and additional charge time Retina brought along with it.

    I have an iPad Mini as well, and I think it's a great screen. The pixel density is higher than iPad 2 (pixels per inch) and the battery, size, and weight are really optimal.

    For typing and creative work though, I like the full-sized iPad. I'm hoping that the next generation will have an improved screen that cuts down on the size, weight and power requirements.

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