iPad mini Two iPad Minis and Two Drastically Different Screens

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Aboo, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Aboo macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    First of all, I am not here to complain about the quality of the iPad Mini screen. Like many others on here, I would have really liked to see a retina display on the Mini, but alas I understand the potential reasons for why this was not included in this iteration. That being said, I came across an interesting discovery. I preordered two minis; a black 32 GB and a white 64 GB. I had the chance to compare both of these side by side, and I notice that the the white 64GB's screen is more washed out and less vibrant than the black 32's screen. Both units are at maximum brightness and it subjectively appears as if the black 32's icons and text just "pop"; appear smoother and less pixelated than the white 64's screen. I am assuming that both screens are coming from different manufacturers and I am curious to see if there is anyway to determine the manufacturer of the screen without taking the device apart. I was very pleased with the screen on the black Mini (since I received this first) and now the white mini's screen is really disappointing.
  2. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Could it have to do with the color of the bezel influencing the colors on screen? If you cover the white bezel does it look better?
  3. OdT22 macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
    We have his & her minis. She pre-ordered herself the white, and the black for me, while I slept in. They did come from different locations, but neither of us ever thought to compare them side by side. We're both still elated with them. Fantastic devices.
  4. slch macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2012
    Easy experiment. Cut two pieces of paper so it hides the bezel. Put the paper over the iPads and take a picture side by side. Let us decide the result :p
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Some people have posted in other threads the difference in the screens. Just go to an apple store and look at a few side by side.
  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    We've got 3 minis and they were all bought from different stores and are from 2 different factories with different build weeks for each one. The screens look identical on all 3 of them

    They are, however, all black and I wonder if it is something to do with the white bezel making the colours look washed out
  7. Donka macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2011
    Or just take a picture in the dark... ;)
  8. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I preordered a black and a white they came from different places. White came ups black came fedex. However I haven't got to compare them as they are both gifts so they are both still sealed.
  9. Quantus macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    Perhaps certain tints hide fuzzy text better? I've noticed that the Sepia background/theme in iBooks helps eliminate some of the fuzz.
  10. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Deer Apples,

    I can has ur best display?

  11. herzleid macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2012
    Barcelona (Spain)
    Exactly. I don't understand this thread without pics. :confused:
  12. hkfan24 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    I'm actually experiencing this as well. My wife's 32 gb white mini is pretty bright and vibrant while my son's 64 gb white mini is slightly less bright, colors a few % less vibrant and battery life isn't as long as the 32gb. I have a few days before my 14day return/ exchange period and I'm going to get the 64gb swapped out and check for quality on the new unit before I leave the store. I just noticed the comparison last night.
  13. klover macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2009

    Noes, keep playz lottery.

  14. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    I just got the Mini the other day and joined the forum. With all the posts and threads about the screen, I have to think there is at least the possibility of inferior screens on some Minis. And not just different between the 16, 32, and 64 models per se but for each model within itself.

    Cannot we just pick one website, a magazine, a comic, a book to test? I understand one's vision comes into play and the lighting environment. I think it would at least be a start to see if the conclusion is that there indeed is a problem.

    If there indeed is, then what?
  15. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Apples can has kitteh poopz fer diner.
  16. Aboo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Thanks to everyone who replied. I do believe that Apple is using different screen manufacturers for the Mini and I wonder, if like every other Apple device, there is a superior screen made by X company vs. an inferior screen made by Y company. I will take some pictures when I get home tonight, but I have only my iPhone so hopefully the pictures will highlight what I am trying to explain with words.

    That being said, does anyone know of a way to check the screen's manufacturer without taking apart the iPad?
  17. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    Believe it or not, the color of the device also affects your viewing experience. There is a reason after all TV's have black frames.
  18. hkfan24 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    To an extent yes, but I have two white minis. One 32gb and one 64gb. The 64 is clearly dimmer. In going to get it exchanged.
  19. mac jones, Nov 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    It's good to see our old friend Mister OCD. He's alway the life of the party!
  20. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I used to have one with a wooden frame. Then one with matte dark grey (more like light black), then one with silver, now one with shiny black. My next TV will barely have a bezel at all, but what there is will likely be silver, or black, or clear.
  21. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    Can we get some pics, please, of this comparison.
  22. Deasnutz macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2011
    Tim Cook says check yo eyes, you already paid.
  23. Quantus macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012

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