Price vs Color

Discussion in 'iPad' started by NightWingz, Jul 19, 2017.


Would you take a less preferred colour for a better price?

  1. Yes, the savings could be better utilized elsewhere.

    9 vote(s)
  2. No, getting the desired colour is crucial to my usage and experience.

    25 vote(s)
  1. NightWingz, Jul 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017

    NightWingz macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Poll Update

    I guess it would be interesting to see how some of our fellow friends here think, so I've added a general poll. It need not be specific to my use case scenario below in terms of my model/price of device.

    Original Post

    Will you go for an iPad at your preferred color or a secondary color for SGD$188 (~USD$137) cheaper?

    I am looking at the top end 512GB LTE 12.9", so this gives perspective on the savings in terms of total unit price.

    Space grey at normal price
    Gold at cheaper price

    Thank you for your comments.
  2. geemiller05 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    New York
    Given the amount of money I spend on each iPad I go for nothing less than what I absolutely want. Comes down to what you want more...color or savings.
  3. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    No. It would have to be at least 50% less. I really don't like the white bezels.

    If I didn't mind the white, silver/gold wouldn't matter too much, but Rose Gold would be a distant 4th.
  4. NightWingz thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Another line of thinking is that, with the savings, I could have gotten either one of these accessories along with the cheaper Gold iPad Pro:
    1. 29w Charger
    2. Apple Pencil
    3. Apple Smart Keyboard


    Just simply having the Space Grey iPad Pro.

  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
  6. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    It's a little more than 10% of the price. I think I would go for my desired color. I mean if you can swing the cost of the 12.9 512 GB with LTE, the extra for color and accessories shouldn't be a huge issue.

    I guess it really depends on how much of your budget is already used and how flexible it is.
  7. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I was thinking of doing that too, but I've had a white iPad in the past - I'm not going back.
  8. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013

    For me it boils down to this: accessories you can always buy any time. The iPad is fixed so you're gonna have to live with whatever storage, network connectivity and color you choose or you'd be paying more in terms of depreciation if you regret that choice and you end up selling your iPad to buy one with the exact configuration you actually wanted.
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I never used to appreciate a white bezel, but my perspective has changed and I find it more appealing and certainly easier in terms of locating the model I want due to the popularity with a black bezel.
  10. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    I'll choose the cheaper model, because my iPad will reside in a case.
  11. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    I don't like the white bezel but could live with it if that was the price difference.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    While that's true, you still see the bezel regardless. Most have an appreciation for the black bezel, because it's more uniform with the dislay.
  13. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Yep, having had a white iPhone since the iPhone 4s days I really would like to go back to all black now. Although have always had black bezel on my iPad and the new one is black as well.

    Although , I don't care much about the colours personally.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you put a cover on the iPad then the color selection means less then if you don't.
  15. infinitejest macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2016
    Orange County, CA
    Yes, but why would that mean he should spend even more money only to get a specific color?
    You can also argue vice versa by saying that the 12.9 LTE iPad is expensive enough not to do that.

    Exactly. I'd rather spend the money for something I can actually benefit from - like the Pencil, Keyboard, etc...
  16. blwade macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    I personally would side with the people on the forum saying that I don't want a white bezel phone or iPad... if I didn't mind the white, the color on the back wouldn't be a huge concern though.. I wish Apple would make another black bezel choice so this one isn't always so limited :/
  17. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    As others have said, it comes down to how much value do YOU place on the bezel color?
    @rui no onna 's reasoning is spot-on. I have owned iOS devices with both white and black bezels and black is my strong preference. But I have on a few occasions chosen a white bezel'ed device (6th gen iPod Touch and iPhone SE) because of a significant savings over the Space Gray model. For those devices, it doesn't matter that much to me because I don't spend a lot of time looking at the screens.

    But on an iPad, it MUST be a black bezel. FOR ME (visual perception is highly individual) the black bezels allow the colors to appear more vibrant and less washed out.

    White bezels tend to reflect the wall color of the room and so can throw off the appearance of colors on the screen.

    (makes me wonder if those with white bezels are noticing an increased benefit of TrueTone vs. those with black bezels)

    Black bezels allow pillarboxing and letterboxing of movies to be less noticeable.

    White bezels highlight the black non-active border of the touchscreen causing white pages/websites to have a distracting black outline between the screen and the bezel.
  18. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Identical model just different color -- yes, I'll take the $137 discount every freaking time. Even if it were Rose Gold (pink) I would not care. I'd use some of that $137 and buy a $10 black rear protector on Amazon. Pink problem solved, I'll deal with the bezel color. I'm sure there is a cheap solution there too. Money is real as far as I'm concerned.
  19. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I would go for the discount and spend it on nice accessoires :)
  20. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I have a Rose Gold 9.7" iPad Pro because it was $50 cheaper than used Space Gray ones (which would be my first choice). Bought a $10 cover from Amazon, and I'm good to go.

    It's a tool. I don't care what it looks like. I wouldn't have even bought a cover, but my cat bit my last iPad, so this one needed some protection.
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Yeah, this. I don't see how the question is answerable in the abstract. The value or significance of a $137 savings is radically different for different people. Whatever I (or anyone else here) would do depends on my (their) personal financial situation, which makes it irrelevant to a person with a different financial situation.
  22. infinitejest macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2016
    Orange County, CA
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Excellent post. This was my same method when the iPhone 7 launched. Everyone was choosing the Matte black and Jet Black colors with long shipping times. I could care less about a color and chose Gold, had my 7 Plus In one week. Plus, the majority use cases as It is, so which negates a color in some respects aside from the bezel color, which I never had an issue with either.
  24. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Yep. I don't care about the back but all the other color options have white bezel and while that's something I'm willing to ignore on a device that's say, $300-400, at the $1500 price range, I want everything to spec. Although quite honestly, I kinda dig black bezel with Rose Gold back.

    Had no issues with with Matte Black availability when I placed my order for the iPhone 7. I think it was mostly Jet Black that was in short supply.
  25. theNatest macrumors member


    Jan 14, 2016
    Twin Cities
    If you're already maxing out the ipad, don't skimp on making it everything you want. Buyers remorse is the worst!

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