All iPads White bezel vs black bezel

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pdawg, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. pdawg macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Ok I have to ask: is it really that distracting to have the white bezel for videos and such?

    Never even considered this when ordering.

    I ordered the white one to change it up, but now I'm having my doubts about the color.

    Seems a silly thing to worry about, but I'm very attached to my current iPad 1 and would want a similar/better experience with the newest iPad.
  2. icydog macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2008
  3. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    I've handled iPads with white and black bezels, and I'm going with a black bezel myself for my iPad 3 because of how much less noticeable the edges of the screen are on an iPad with a black bezel, plus dark borders on images and movies and such will "blend" into the bezel much better.

    But a white bezel can look just as good as a black one, in the end it's up to personal preference.
  4. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

    May 23, 2010
    I had always had black but secretly liked everyone else's white . . . Then I bought a white iPod touch for my car's system, and really liked the look.

    So, I have a white iPad on the way for March 16th!
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    there's a lot of threads about black or white. It all comes down to what u like.
  6. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I had the black original iPad and bought the white iPad 2 last year. I LOVE the white. I like how fingerprints don't show up on the bezel, and since the majority of my iPad usage is reading, writing, and surfing, I like the look of it better than the black one.

    It just comes down to personal preference.

    Looking forward to this year's iPhone so I can get it in white to match now. I skipped the 4s :)
  7. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Just buy both, so you can switch up based on how you feel that day. :p

    I personally like black though, there's a reason why most tv bezels are black, it's because it's less distracting. It "disappears" in use. I'm sure you can get to used to white though.
  8. jjp007 macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2009

    Pretty much my decision. I have the white iPad2 but this time I bought the black due to the fact I watch video and think it blends better. It won't match my phone anymore but oh well.
  9. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    In my opinion, if you have any doubts about the white, don't get it.
    It's gotta be an instant 'yes!', or you might have buyer's remorse forever.

    White all the way for me(iPhone and iPad).
  10. crghwkns macrumors member

    May 31, 2011
    When in doubt get a white iPad and a black folio case. :)
  11. Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    dust and fingerprints are invisible on the white bezel, that's practical.
    white is pretty, too ;)
  12. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2010
    I don't find the white bezel at all distracting. That said I ordered black this time round so it looks nice next to my iMac :p
  13. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    I have only had black ones before, so this one I have gone for white, use to mix it up. I don't watch film on mine, just tv sometimes, so not fussed,
  14. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I am upgrading from the iPad 1 and was having the same thoughts as well. I originally ordered the white one (without even thinking about it as I thought white was a no-brainer) but I went into the Apple store this morning to have a look at both side-by-side and as much as it pains me (I love white Apple gear) I've cancelled the order and ordered the Black.

    To me, the black surround seems to fade into the background of your vision when actually focussing on the screen, whereas you are always aware of the surround with the white one. I tried a few different things (iBooks, Videos) and it just seemed better with the black surround for whatever reason.

    Of course it's personal preference as others have said, but having seen and used both my preference is for black. I love my white iPhone 4 but I just think the iPad suits black in terms of how it feels to actually use.
  15. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    I ordered a white iPad within minutes of the store opening.

    Thought about it....thought about it....

    I cancelled two hours later and bought the black.

    This article changed my mind.

    Basically, I don't want to be distracted by a white bezel when watching movies.

    I was very surprised to read how many fellow movie lovers felt the same way.
  16. monkeylui macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    A Galaxy far, far away
    I bought the white because I've been wanting a white I device.
  17. snow blind macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
    Had a white iPad 2 and ordered a black one this time. The white was great for iBooks and web surfing; however, it was distracting for games and looks horrible when off IMO. Plus it was harder to sell my white iPad 2... black for resale also.
  18. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    I don't find the white bezel distracting at all. Some people are more anal than others I guess so I can see where it might bother a few. The great thing about the white is that you can't see fingerprints on it.
  19. glxyjones macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2007
    So torn right now. I have a black 1st gen right now and I intended to go with a white one this time around but this thread (and others) have me reconsidering.

    I predominately use mine for web, movies, and work and each of those tasks seem to be better suited for the black ipad. However, whenever I see a white one either in store or my friends I love the way it looks. I'm thinking I should go with what I know and stick with black.
  20. pdawg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Want to thank everyone on this thread (and other similar ones) for all your feedback! As much as I like the white iPad I just could not get over the real possibility of not loving it as I do the black iPad 1.

    So this morning I pre-ordered the same one in black and cancelled the white one. Same delivery date of March 16!

    I also realized that whenever I've had a chance to order white or black (iPhone, iPod), I have always immediately gravitated toward the black one. So I think this is one user who will stay with black :D

    Thanks again!
  21. Xanthos, Mar 8, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012

    Xanthos macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    I've always loved the white iPad. I owned the iPad 1 but not 2.

    So when the Apple Store opened after the media event, I went straight for the white one.

    12 hours and a good sleep later, I called Apple to change my order to black.

    I did some research and compared pictures. And after changing my order, I went to the nearest mall to check out both colours and I'm glad I made the switch.

    I figured, I love the white one because it's aesthetically beautiful. But I'll probably get sick of it in a month. Practically, the black one is the way to go. As many articles on tech blogs stated, there's a reason why televisions have black frames.

    I'll probably envy those with the white iPad whenever I see them on the street, but I rather be envious than having buyer's remorse.

    Anyway, during my research, these are the 2 pictures that sealed the deal for me.

  22. Manilae macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2010
    Thx Xanthos, i asked them to change it from white to black after i saw your picture :)
  23. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    I'm definitely a black bezel person. Black is basically very good for your eyes since the contrast between screen content and the black bezel will pretty much allow you to have a seamless experience. I would recommend the white bezel for anyone that reads a LOT of books. White is less distracting if you're on white content on the iPad.
  24. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I've got a black iPad and black iPhone and my wife's got a white iPad and white iPhone.
    There's no doubt in my mind that when looked at from a distance, the white devices look absolutely stunning. However, there's also no doubt in my mind that when using them, the black is far less distracting and that's the reason I'll continue to get black iPhones and iPads :)
  25. mszpara macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    I've had black iPhones ever since they started releasing white, and ordered a black iPad 3...

    Although, as someone stated above, i DO like the look of white, but not when it's powered off.

    When powered off there is too much contrast between the white bezel and black screen. The black iPad just looks like a sleek black slate.

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