What bezel color do you prefer on large screen iPad Pro (9"+) and why?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hajime, Mar 25, 2018.


What color bezel do you prefer on large screen iPad Pro (9"+)?

  1. White

    30 vote(s)
  2. Black

    74 vote(s)
  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello, I have a 12.9" iPad PRO 2017 for about 1.5 weeks. Usually I buy tablets with white bezel but this time it is black. The black could be good for video watching but it is kind of ugly to see two different types of black on screen. The white might look better overall. What bezel color do you prefer and why?

    I suppose your decision on color is the same whether it is iPad or iPad PRO. If there is a difference, please let us know.
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68010


    Sep 13, 2014
    Black bezel for sure as it’s less distracting for me.

    Almost all televisions have a black boarder around the viewing experience, instead of white, for this same reason.
  3. FeliApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2015
    Just what Hal said. I had a white iPad but I have a black one now. Less distracting.
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    If Apple is going to sell a version of pink bezel (like the Samsung Galaxy Note 1), I would definitely get it. Pink bezel and pink pen please.
  5. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    White. I like the look and don't find it a distraction at all.
  6. CPTmom2wp macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2014
    Having had both, the white doesn't show the oily fingerprint border and is the only option for the gold case. However, I much prefer the black border for video. Hmmmm.......how about Apple developing a borderless screen??....best of both worlds :)
  7. weeesss macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2017
  8. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Had both, don't really have a preference. My current one is white as I bought it to match my old 7+, but I find it no more or less distracting than the black.
  9. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    White. I just like it more aesthetically. I don’t find the bezel distracting.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  11. macgeek18 macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2009
    Northern California
    I love the white bezels because fingerprints drive me nuts.
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Black for me all the way -- on iPhones and iPads. The black border makes colors "pop" when viewing something on the screen and is less distracting when reading or viewing anything. I also think it looks better, more uniform and esthetically pleasing to me when the device is off rather than having a white border and grayish-blackish screen.
  13. mrex macrumors 68040


    Jul 16, 2014
    Im getting the white 12,9” like my air2 and the phone. for a some reason i dont like black iDevices - they just doesnt look good, maybe because the black thick borders make it looks ”heavy”.
  14. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Bezel preference is obviously subjective and personal... and related to how one's eyes perceive and process color.

    For me, I've extensively used iPads with white bezels and black. I have concluded that I prefer black.


    First, I find that the black allows the colors to "pop" on the screen. White bezels seem to wash out the colors. It doesn't actually do that, but that's how I perceive those colors.

    Second, letterboxed and pillarboxed videos look better with black bezels.

    Third, with white bezels, there is a fine black border between the bezel and the active portion of the screen. That causes an odd (to me) presentation of images with white background such as word processors and web pages. Given how individuals screens can be "warm" or "cool" in color appearance, white isn't going to always be white as the bezels are, resulting in different whites. (similar to your observation regarding different blacks for letterboxed films).
  15. Septembersrain macrumors 68040


    Dec 14, 2013
    I always prefer black. White bezel makes colors appear really washed out. White bezel also really distracts me from most of my media/entertainment apps, which I usually run with a darker mode.
  16. MsDeb macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2016
    Las Vegas, NV
    Because we we use black iPad minis as our audio- visual/ smart home controllers, my personal one is always white. My phone is white too, but that is so I can find it in my purse.
  17. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I have had both. First 2 iPads I had black (original air and first gen iPad pro 12.9). I switched it up with white for my current 10.5 iPad pro. I honestly don't think the color makes any difference for usability. I like the white front electronics and since on Android (my preferred phone OS) finding an all white phone i actually want is basically impossible, I wanted one touch screen device in the color I like. Very happy with my choice. Looks very clean IMHO.
  18. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Here's a photo of the iPad Pro 10.5 in both bezel colors. You can see that black border between the bezel and active part of the screen that are visible with the white bezel, but not visible with the black.

  19. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    Black and only Black....... white just looks cheap to me.
  20. hajime thread starter macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I prefer white. Black makes me fall asleep. Sorry.
  21. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    Black. Why? Much, much easier on my eyes. :)
  22. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    5 of my 6 iPhones have been white/silver (one black) while my 4th gen iPad was black (which recall had a silver back) and my current Air 2 is white.

    I'm torn for my next iPad, keep saying I want black but I really don't like the space gray back color. Looks cheap to me, silver is so much nicer IMO
  23. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    Yeah, I'm with you on that. If I'm not going to use a case that covers the back, I'll buy a skin to jazz the back up. I NEED to have black bezels. My Lenovo Yoga Book is gold with black bezels. It looks really sharp.
  24. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    As it may apply to any iPad, white for me for aesthetic reasons (as said earlier by another member). It’s the classic Apple color distinguishing their products from everyone else.

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