iPad White Bezel - Is it Really That Distracting?

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  1. JGWolven macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    This question is more geared to those who've had a white iPad, or have gone from white to black. One of the more common things I hear is that the bezel around the white really is distracting when viewing media.. is there any truth to that? With those who have a white iPad, do you wish you had gone with the black version? Or those who have gone from white to black, have you noticed a difference when it comes to viewing anything on the device?
     
  2. Will2145 macrumors 6502

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    I've had a white ipad 4 for about a year now and the white bezels don't distract me at all. I like the look of white ipads better
     
  3. HoosBruce macrumors 6502a

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    having never owned an iPad I feel like I am a white iPad and black iPhone kind of guy
     
  4. Eckscaliber macrumors 6502a

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    It is extremely distracting. I would never consider buying another white device.
     
  5. mhdena macrumors 6502

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    Works really well for tv

    So popular they can't keep em on the shelfs
     
  6. Marrakas macrumors 6502

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    It's about as distracting as having a wall behind your TV.

    In other words, not at all.
     
  7. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

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    I find that fingerprints and dirt really distract me on a black bezel. For some weird reason I don't notice it so much on the white bezel so I find the white bezel less distracting.
     
  8. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    Less distracting than a black bezel, IMO. No fingerprints, and defines the screen well. If I'm interacting with a dark rendering, I have a better idea where I can and cannot touch. Granted, I don't do much passive video watching with my iPad beyond the occasional YouTube video. Mostly it's games, email, web browsing and some utils.
     
  9. Macalway macrumors 68000

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    For movies with the black border, maybe

    But then web borders are whitish (especially with 7) so web may look fantastic

    Note: There seems to be a white bias now. I mean, BIG time :D
     
  10. wmitch macrumors regular

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    I watched a lot of Netflix on my white iPad and never thought about it. i have the black iPhone though and the fingerprints and smudges drive me nuts!
    If i get the new iPad it will def be White.

    not sure if there's really 1 right answer though. Probably a matter of personal opinion.
     
  11. Epiphron macrumors regular

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    yea def personal opinion. the white ipad 2 was super distracting for me especially since it reflects light. so i got a black ipad 4. i prefer to have the bezel just disappear and the screen to pop out
     
  12. sparky1234 macrumors newbie

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    I bought a white iPad mini because I heard that scratches on black iPad minis were a lot more noticeable. The white bezel didn't bother me at all.

    I heard someone once compare the white bezel to the margins of a book and the black bezel to the borders of a computer or TV screen (I think it was Rene Ritchie of iMore). The point being that both have their analogues in the real world.

    Really, it's a matter of personal preference. For me, I think the white bezel of the iPad mini was a nice change of pace from all the black iOS devices I own and have owned in the past.

    Having said that, I'll probably buy the Space Grey next, just cause it's a new colour.
     
  13. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    White iPhone is fine since the bezel is small. But on the iPad it will be quite noticeable. So I went for a white silver iPhone 5s (partly because of the beautiful silvery Touch ID ring) but I'm buying a Space Grey iPad Air.
     
  14. joonyaboy macrumors regular

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    White makes iOS7 look so much better, bigger even
     
  15. Yoohoo1231 macrumors newbie

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    Not at all.

    I had the black bezel on the first gen iPad and then I went with a white iPad 3 and I've honestly never noticed it.
     
  16. jjp007 macrumors regular

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    For me I prefer a black iPad for watching video. The white was distracting for me. I have the white iPhone 5s and. I love it as I don't watch movies on it.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    For me it is. I normally watch at night with the lights off and the white bezel doesn't exactly blend in the background.
     
  18. Bokes macrumors 6502

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    I have the iPad 3 in white and a mini in white.
    It's not distracting unless you think about it vs pay attention to what you're doing. If you start paying attention to looking at the border- yeah it distracts.

    The white stands out most while watching video.
    Anything else like reading, browsing, games...the white blends in really nice.
     
  19. Altis macrumors 68020

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    Just for photos and video, white makes a pretty poor border. It tends to make the screen feel smaller as a result of having the borders so clearly defined. It also just plain stands out more.

    There's a reason TVs and computer monitors tend to stick with black borders and have for many years.

    For other iOS 7 stuff, white is okay.
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    In your opinion. Perhaps try those words.

    I've never had a black iPad but I've used one. I didn't feel like my iPad was smaller or anything of the sort. I think people have varied perceptions. You have to really use both to decide.
     
  21. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I posted the same inquiry six months ago. Replies were 50-50. I have a white Mini and watch video in low lit rooms since then. Priceless!
     
  22. Altis macrumors 68020

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    Some things are scientific to the human brain. Have you noticed movies use black bars rather than white ones to constrain aspect ratio? Have you noticed how many black/dark grey TVs and monitors there are versus white/light ones? It isn't all by accident.

    For watching video and photos, black is going to be better than white; however, white may or may not bother you. It will also vary depending on ambient light as well as duration of use.
     
  23. Freida macrumors 65816

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    for watching movies - yes, absolutely distracting. Black + black stripes is ok. White + black stripes = no no no

    but go to any apple store and try them both, you will see
     
  24. caesarp macrumors 6502a

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    It has more to do with perceived contrast ratio/black level, which is only important when doing critical viewing, such as in a home theater or perhaps a large TV. For casual viewing on a small device like an iPad, it is not very important.

    On your 100 inch projection screen or 55 inch plasma/LCD, black borders may help. On a small device which is generally not used for high-end video performance, not really worth the consideration.

    Heck, the only time that I generally watch entire films on my iPad is while traveling on an airplane. Talk about distractions -- the border on the iPad is the least of my issues when on a plane. Sir, do you want coffee, excuse me I need to go to the bathroom; pilot announcements, etc.
     

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