White or Black, which one is less distracting for reading?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by blow45, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    Just wondering what you guys think, normally the black should win here, but I d like to hear what others think.
  2. taeccool macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    I say black. There is a reason why all HD TVs are black.
    White ipad is pretty but not good for reading I think.
  3. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    i vote for black too. The white ipad looks hella cool. But I could see my eyes getting tired after some time.
  4. nmills macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    I don't think the white would be a distraction. I had a white Kindle and didn't even notice it.
    Then I got a decal girl skin (funky and colorful) and it was also not a distraction.
    I'm getting the white iPad. I think it just looks sleeker (just my opinion!)
  5. brewno macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    paper's white. the background will be white (at least on my books, i dont like the black background). So I'll purchase the white. :) I used to have the black iPad 1, now I wanna change.
  6. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    A white border will emphasise the blacks on the screen. (I find this a bit jarring on first glance, since it makes the titlebar on iPad highly prominent.)

    A black border makes the whites seem whiter. (This is why all e-ink readers should be dark-bordered, otherwise the paper looks grey.)

    I'm coming round to the white iPad - but I'll need to see it in action before i make a decision.
  7. iPad 2nd Gen macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    People who get white just want to be different. Black (or any dark color) has been proven time and time again to be easier on the eyes.
  8. fairoasis macrumors member

    May 5, 2010
    Not sure about the iPad, but I had a white Kindle and found the white border to be annoying. I ended up getting a black silicone cover, eliminated the white, and enjoyed reading on it.
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Darker is better, so if you're worried about distraction from reading. I think the back iPad has an edge there.
  10. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    And to think people have been reading on distracting white paper for all these years. :rolleyes:
  11. gforce216 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    For colors to pop more you want a black border so the black iPad would be ideal if you're really picky about how well the screen looks. Although many probably would not be able to really tell the difference. I'm going with black just because I liked the first one in black.
  12. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    The white one is a lot nicer, but I do think the black would be better on the eyes for reading.
  13. sineplex macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2010
    Black boarder better to watch videos

    White boarder better to read with (same color as paper)

    make your choice, but seriously who cares, don't worship the device
    it's just a tool, get one to entertain yourselves but then move on.
  14. Spiterwolf macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2010
    Neither of them will be distracting once you get used to it.
  15. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I've always found black to make a better border. That said, I would agree with the notion that you probably wouldn't notice much once you had it for a bit.

    Personally, I'm amazed that Apple still continues with some of the white products. It's long since been worn out. It gives off the same vibe as all the beige computer equipment did.
  16. Alvesang macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2010
    Plain wrong. A display is not paper.

    Also wrong. My Panasonic LCD HD TV is white.
  17. Carouser macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2010
    They aren't the same; paper is matte and often off-white; it's much different.
  18. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    the border is off white too.
  19. fobfob macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2008
    So who's with me on this. The only reason they're shipping a white iPad is because they can (cf. iPhone 4).
  20. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I'm having a hard time with this. At fist I thought "White"? WTF.

    Now I don't know. I want the white.

    For reading, white may even be better as the; "rest of the page is white".
    It's not like the Kindle where you can barely see the words.

    Movies not so much.

    I want white...no black....white....:confused:

    I REALLY don't want to make an fool out of myself at the counter :D
  21. v66jack macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    I'd say go along to the Apple store and try each out. Then see which one you like the best
  22. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Black for me. White just pops out too much to me. Want something more non de-script.
  23. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    I'm getting the white one. I think it looks nice, reminds me of the old white macs and the classic iPod. Most gadgets seem be black, it's nice to have something different for a change.
  24. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2010
    The black border is going to help you focus in on the actual screen while the white is very distracting at time.

    Anyone remember the white samsung LCD's back in 2004? No bueno...
  25. blow45 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    we think alike, white is again the new black, and it will go nicely with my white imac.

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