Using iPad in direct sunlight

Discussion in 'iPad' started by spazer, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. spazer macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Northern California
    How viewable is the iPad screen in direct sunlight? The iPhone is very usable in direct sunlight, but laptops like the MBP are nearly unusable. For the iPad to serve well as an ebook reader, it's screen needs to be as readable in direct sunlight as the Kindle or iPhone...

    Does anyone know yet?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  3. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Call back after April 3rd.
  4. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Is there any reason to assume it won't be as good as the iPhone?
  5. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Assuming has often gotten me in trouble.
    No one will know until someone gets their hands on one and goes out in the sunshine with it.
  6. ugp macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
    I would think it would be close to the iPhone and iPod Touch right now. Although the size of the screen we can't tell yet.
  7. spammerhamster macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    Go to your desktop, lift up your IPS-screen, and set it in direct sunlight. Is it readable? Then the ipad is readable in direct sunlight.
  8. thejakill macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2005
  9. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    Classic vampires, yes. Doesn't apply to zombies or sparkle-pires. ;)
  10. thejakill macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2005
    Doesn't apply. They use netbooks.
  11. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    Apple should offer a anti-glare screen option!

    I don't like plastic overlays.

    Sun glare on my iPhone can be a problem.

  12. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Nice. Now show us what the screen looks like while its on. How much is color accuracy affected? What about brightness? No way you make the screen matte like that and not have some effect somewhere. It's very much possible that the effect is negligible but I'll be skeptical till then.
  13. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Assuming makes an ass of u n me. :D
  14. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."

    Want to use one flying in a Cessna for charts/maps.

  15. JohnSFO macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2010
    Tried to use my iPad while watching a softball game on Sunday. The bad news: I had to move to shade to see the screen. Direct sunlight = not a good experience. :(
  16. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I used mine sorta this past weekend. I just left the GPS app running while i was being playing Mission Scanner in the back of a 172. I think it would work ok. It was cloudy though so i can't speak much on the screen since i wasn't in the direct sun.

    I won't get another chance until July to try it out again, but i'm thinking it will work pretty good for my needs.

    I need some sort of a strap case for it though so i can perch it on my leg!
  17. Bytor65 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2010
    This is pretty much going to be the case for anything that relies on it's own light source for visibility.

    You pretty much need something that uses the suns light, rather than tries to overpower it with it's own, if you want good sunlight visibility.

    Something like a Pixel Qi display. But there is a massive trade-off. Everything I have seen of the Pixel Qi display so far it looks quite horrendous indoors with the back-light on, faded colors, poor viewing angles, washout from room lights.
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Did try a few times to use the iPad in direct sunlight... and was usable in a pinch... the issue was more of the reflections off the glossy screen...
  19. fuhrj macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2009
    I took my iPad to the pool today.

    I had the brightness jacked all the way up and still was unable to play any games. The Kindle app was not bad and I was able to read my book, but it wasn't as crisp as my girlfriend's Kindle that she was using.

    However, after reading a few pages, my iPad went to a black screen telling me that it needed to cool down. It was only about 75 out today and I didn't have it laying around in the direct sunlight. That's the first time I saw that message.

    My guess is that given the aluminum back and black display, it probably absorbs the rays.
  20. Steviejobz macrumors 68000

    Jun 19, 2010
    Useless in the sun. I couldn't see a thing. The kindle app has different fonts for reading in sunlight nut the rest is useless.
  21. Battlestar macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    If you use it in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time it will have a tendancy to heat up which will in turn cause it to shut down.
  22. MrFuzz macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    In my experience it's not usable in direct sunlight. Even with the brightness up all the way.
  23. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii

    I still vote for a non-glare screen option from Apple

    I use my iPad mainly on the go and I constantly have to adjust the screen angle due to glare
  24. chrisqmalibu macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2010

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