iPad Pro Poor contrast on iPad Pro screens

joscejrod

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One of the main purposes of my iPad is playing films/videos and due to boxy screen ratios, the blacks bar are really big (less in new 11” model). In this situations, a high contrast and low reflectance is really appreciated. I was very exciting with new liquid retina displays, but compared with XS Max, the black bars are very grey and reflects a lot! Maybe my unit is defective or is my fault missing an oled display?
Could be in this aspect the new screens worse than old one?
 

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Hi!
One of the main purposes of my iPad is playing films/videos and due to boxy screen ratios, the blacks bar are really big (less in new 11” model). In this situations, a high contrast and low reflectance is really appreciated. I was very exciting with new liquid retina displays, but compared with XS Max, the black bars are very grey and reflects a lot! Maybe my unit is defective or is my fault missing an oled display?
Could be in this aspect the new screens worse than old one?
So you want the Max screen on an iPad. Get in line kid :D
 
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joscejrod

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But I rember more pure black in iphones 7/8 plus and even in ipad air 2. Its seem that there is more space between pixel layer and surface than in older models, I thing this is the thing that I’m discovering.

Have you noticed this?
 

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I cranked my brightness all the way up watching a couple trailers and Netflix, and the blacks seem black!

As far as the aspect ratio goes, it depends on what you’re watching. Most TV shows are 1.85:1 ratio (widescreen), movie aspect rations range from 1.85:1 to 2.35:1, which will make the black bars vary in size on the screen.

It’s always been this way with any iPad or iPhone, AND it’s the same on your TV at home.

Tons of action movies are filmed in “CinemaScope” widescreen, which is the 2.35:1 ratio. Turn on Die Hard on your TV an the black bars will be bigger than, say, You’ve Got Mail. It’s just the way it’s always going to be!

One size does not fit all.
 

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I’ve just taken this pic of my 11” iPad Pro playing a dark scene of strangers things.

Please, see the differences between black of bezels and black of the screen...and the reflections are awful!!
 

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I’ve just taken this pic of my 11” iPad Pro playing a dark scene of strangers things.

Please, see the differences between black of bezels and black of the screen...and the reflections are awful!!
Well, the screen is glass...I don't know what you want them to do, besides make a matte finish screen, which then other people will complain about because it isn't shiny.

As far as the black bezel vs. black bars on videos...is that Netflix? What's the source of the video? (I know it's Stranger Things...just wondering if you're watching it from Netflix or another source)
 
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But I rember more pure black in iphones 7/8 plus and even in ipad air 2. Its seem that there is more space between pixel layer and surface than in older models, I thing this is the thing that I’m discovering.

Have you noticed this?
You’ve become used to the pure blacks of the OLED screen on your iPhone XS. The LCD on the iPad Pro has just as good contrast as previous LCD iPhones and iPads, but you’re now comparing it against something with much better contrast. Memory is funny that way.
 

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Well, the screen is glass...I don't know what you want them to do, besides make a matte finish screen, which then other people will complain about because it isn't shiny.

As far as the black bezel vs. black bars on videos...is that Netflix? What's the source of the video? (I know it's Stranger Things...just wondering if you're watching it from Netflix or another source)
Yes, it´s from Netflix app (today has been updated to support 11" Ipad pro resolution)

Since I bought Sony A1 oled TV I can´t enjoy videos with poor contrast, and now I have iphone XS Max instead of 7 plus... I look to ipad pro screen and it seems like rubbish...

A1 tv has glass screen too, but reflectance is really low and now that I´m watching a tv show, I can´t discern between bezels and black bars of TV.
 

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It's a real issue. If you're looking to play back movies, an OLED screen is still your best bet. The only tablets I know of are the Samsung Notes, you might consider getting one.

OLED will eventually come to the iPads. I'm hoping it will come to the iPad mini first - that's the easiest for Apple to do, given that the screen size is smaller, and at this point it is way overdue for an update.
 

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Only current options for tablet size OLED are Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Book 2. Once you go black with OLED you can never go back to LCD.
 

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As I said in another thread, when you own an OLED tv and you spend enough time on it then lcd ipads will look meh,
I use the OLED iPhone XS Max and I love it. I love the Apple Watch 4. Overall the only disappointing Apple product they released so far is the new iPad.
I hope iOS 13 improves experience on all devices.
ATM I’m happy with the 10.5” iPad Pro.
 

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Yes, it´s from Netflix app (today has been updated to support 11" Ipad pro resolution)

Since I bought Sony A1 oled TV I can´t enjoy videos with poor contrast, and now I have iphone XS Max instead of 7 plus... I look to ipad pro screen and it seems like rubbish...

A1 tv has glass screen too, but reflectance is really low and now that I´m watching a tv show, I can´t discern between bezels and black bars of TV.
There’s your Problems you have an OLED TV, and an OLED Phone. You can’t compare or expect the Contrast or Deep Blacks of OLED to an IPS LCD iPad Pro Display. Which is excellent. But can’t hold a candle to OLED.
Even now owning a 11” Pro it’s an amazing device, but OLED has limitations.
We are better off having an IPS LCD than an OLED Display. Because OLED would add another $100 to $150 to the already high base cost of $800.
In two years the base 11” iPad Pro will be 128GB and have a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Display and cost $999.99
 

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If I were to speculate (blindly of course), I would say that Apple's roadmap would be to first upgrade just enough to sell it at a premium price, as we are seeing now. Then, there will be OLED, after that, another cpu and design change like the present one (and it's starts all over again). That's about as far out as they would need to be, as the variables add up.

To be honest, this thread really hits the nail on the head. Anyone who now owns these X phones, may hesitate buying the new iPads. You look at them, and it's ...meh. We are spoiled now. It's actually pretty funny. The best thing about it is that it has REALLY made me happy with my iPhone :D
 
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