Who is the winner of the iPad display lottery?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by iWebster, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. iWebster macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    I’ve come across some interesting findings concerning the iPad 2 displays – or more correctly I’ve done a thorough investigation. It all began with two iPads landing in our home. Both with excellent displays a part from that one of the two had a terrible light leak. I went to my local Apple service center and they did a swop with no further question. When examining the new iPad’s display at home I could conclude that I couldn’t discern any light leak – but the display looked uneven with slightly darker areas along the bezel. I went back to the service desk and showed them. They couldn’t tell right away if that was covered by the warranty but they would check with Apple. Ok – on my way home I went to a handful retailers that sold iPads and scrutinized at least 20 of them and I could without further ado determine that iPad 2 comes with two different displays. And with a little more investigation on the internet it boils down to this:
    Either you end up with a LG display which is bright (on the cold side) and even but is more prone to light leak in dark images – or, you’re stuck with a Samsung display that doesn’t show any light leak but instead has a more uneven display (you see it in images with a lot of white) and warmer colour. (I remember LG having problem with major light leak with the first batches of iPad 2)
    Well, who’s the winner in this display lottery?:confused:
    What do you guys think? And for those of you who can manage swedish are more than welcome to visit my blog: Mac & Blandat
  2. mos6502, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

    mos6502 macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    Well, I guess I have an Samsung because I notice some yellowish tint near the edges of the screen. It's very faint but it's noticeable mostly on webpages with white background. I'm keeping it however (bought 2 days ago actually) because it took 2 exchanges to get a decent one. The first one had a dead pixel in the center. The second one had a dust particle under the screen and major light leakage. This one only has a very slight warmer tint on the edges only visible on white backgrounds. It's not perfect but I can't help but feel if I exchange it I'll get one with a worse problem.

    iPad is fun as hell to use though :)
  3. xionuk macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Central Scotland
    i must be lucky - I've no light leaking nor does my display have any unevenness to it. :D
  4. mos6502 macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2007
    I ended up exchanging mine again. This time I ended up with what I think is an LG display. It has a colder tone (blue) to it and the colors look much better. The whites are impeccable. It has no leaking, but has a tiny wee bit of darker edges. From my understanding, this is caused by the way the iPad 2 is manufactured. It is not distracting so I'm keeping this one. It's by far the best of the 4 units I've had. It looks better than most iPads on display at the Apple Store.

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