iPad 2 screen sucks

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Geoker, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Geoker macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2011
    So, before I packed up my original iPad to be sold, I compared the screens and I am very disappointed by the result. The iPad 2 screen is not as good! I played Avatar side by side. The 2's contrast was lower, blacks were less black, bright areas were not as bright, and colors were less saturated. The movie looks amazing on the original, and just ok on the new one.

    This performance was across all apps, not just the movie, but in the movie the difference was most striking. I am so disappointed. I hate to feel like I am trading down. :(

    Anyone else experience this?
  2. offcamber macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2007
  3. guitardogcar macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
    The glass is way thinner. Tap both to experience. 5mm compared to 3mm I believe. Could be a difference there because of it, but...

    I notice no difference in quality of image, contrast, etcetera.
  4. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
  5. Zeos, Mar 25, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2011

    Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    After reading a similar thread yesterday, I went to Best Buy to compare my iPad 1 to the iPad 2. It looked like the text quality at small font sizes was just a little worse on th iP2 when in portrait mode, but the difference was very subtle. Overall, I liked the color, clarity, and brightness of graphics on the 2. Neither screen is great for reading small fonts, but they are both still very acceptable. I think people are nitpicking on this issue. Also, I saw no yellow tint on the 2. Looked more white than my 1.

  6. Peanut207 macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    No, if anything my screen appears to be better. I know on paper both screens are identical but I don't believe it. There is definitely something different about the 2 screens. My iPad 2 screen just seems to "pop" a little more, and this is with the brightness level set to the same on both screens.
  7. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    I wish he had thought to do that, but he's probably shipped it.

    This is the first I've heard of a bad comparison between the two screens, and I'll look forward to hearing other experiences.

    I am surprised we haven't heard from more people about this.
  8. mozartwon macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    I'd have to disagree. I have both the Ipad 1 and 2, and the 2's screen
    is clearly superior in every way (color, sharpness, etc.).
  9. St. Germain macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2006
    I compared my original iPad with my iPad 2's screen, and I couldn't tell the difference. No light bleeds, same color temperature. Same brightness levels.
  10. jdcell100 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Are you kidding me

    My iPad screen looks amazing how can anybody say any different unless they got a defect.
  11. foodle macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Apparently Apple is using LCDs from multiple manufacturers, so YMMV.
  12. Irunnoft macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    We have multiple iPad 2's in our home and I have noticed differences between the screens of this second generation. My wife's iPad 2 has a slight yellow tinge to the entire screen. No, it's not the glue. No, it's not the same issue as the iPhone 4. We've had the iPads since launch and her screen's yellow tinge hasn't changed at all. In comparison, my son's and my screens are bright and have a brilliant white/bluish hue. However, sadly, all the iPads suffer from backlight bleeding.

    The backlight bleed most likely contributes to the diminshed performance of black levels on the iPad 2 screens.
  13. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    It's the videos app, not the screen!

    First of all, if anything the iPad 2 screen is better than the original. But...

    I noticed the same thing as the OP, but only in the Videos app.

    Seems to me, there is a bug, and video playback does have less contrast and everything else the OP stated. It's even more apparent on the paused, of first frame. When you press play, the video color and image "switches' to this more washed out look. Check it out and report back.

    For me, the very same video files that looked perfect on my original iPad look bad on the iPad 2 but in my determination, it's got to be a glitch in the video player that Apple will most likely fix in the upcoming 4.3.1 update.
  14. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Two words, I think you will find cover this issue:

    "Quality Control"
  15. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    I have seen both and I do have to agree.
  16. Geoker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2011

    I am surprised by people disagreeing with me by saying the iPad 2 screen is better. YOUR screen may be better, and I am happy for you, but mine is clearly inferior. You cannot disagree with me, because you do not have my iPad in front of you. I just wanted to see why no one was discussing it, and apparently it is a non-issue for most people.
  17. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Sorry about your issue.
    I'm afraid it's what you get with cheap / consumer grade uncalibrated displays make in bulk for the lowest price as fast as possible.

    There will be some yellow one and some blue ones and some neutral ones.

    Or course Apple could overcome this be offering RGB and GAMMA controls in the iPad's setting like you have on any normal monitor/computer, where you, the user could compensate for this, or perhaps adjust it to your preference.

    Unfortunately, Apple see the iPad as a dumbed down device and would not put such "technical" controls on the device for their intended user to set.

    I can only suggest you return it, in the hope you get a better one that you are more happy with.
  18. Rlarsonmn macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2011
    Comparing my original iPad to my iPad 2 screens show me clarity is the same. Brightness is greater on the iPad 2 with same light setting. My screen on the iPad 2 is terrific for me on web pages, word documents, excel documents, pdf's maps, emails and ebooks. Whites are white and blacks a black. No yellowing nor side bleeding. No problems here for me at least.
  19. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Then you should rename the title of the thread. You said "iPad 2 screen sucks". It is quite a generalization you did there and a very bold statement.
  20. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    If you just say iPad 2 screen sucks, then you are making a statement that every single iPad 2 screen sucks including ours.

    Change the title of this thread and say my ipad 2 screen sucks. Of course, you are going to be criticized because you said something that affects everyone's iPad.
  21. mozartwon macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    You're making the same "mistake" OP made. You and OP should have said: MY
    Ipad 2 screen is not as good as my Ipad 1. :D
  22. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    I love my ipad 2... it's the BEST!!!!! now come on JB!!!!
  23. Spooky73 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I have noticed this and have been surprised that there aren't more people reporting/complaining about this. That weird brightness shift to more washed out a split second after a video loads. It's really obvious and a bummer.
  24. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Landscape mode web text on the iPad 2 screen I saw appeared harder to read than the original I own. I checked engadget both zoomed and full page width, a site I am used to seeing.

    Lower text clarity was the 1st thing I noticed, colors and contrast seemed fine.

    Maybe someone with both versions and a macro lens will post comparisons I believe there is a clear difference.
  25. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I can not agree. We have compared our iP1 and iP2 screens over and over and there is little to no difference. In fact if I had to make a choice I would pick the new

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