All iPads Why is the iPad Air so bad in playing movies with dark scenes?

jtan168

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Like for Example, I'm watching the Movie "Snitch" using Infuse, this movie involves alot of dark scenes, it's unwatchable during dark scenes on my ipad Air, I tried watching it in my iphone 6, same result, all black.

I tried my Galaxy Tab S 8.4LTE, change the display mode to basic, and boom, now I can see dark scenes alot better, not perfect but definitely better than the ipad air.

I tried the LG G3, I noticed so far this is the best mobile display I've tested that plays dark scenes very clearly, my only problem with the G3 is the contrast is bad resulting in bad color reproduction, but plays dark scenes very well...and videos are crystal sharp...maybe because of their qhd screen...

I hope that apple fix this issue in their future ipad display panels...

Or is there a way to recalibrate the Ipad's display settings?
 
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s2mikey

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It's two reasons. One is that the screen technology is inherently bad with detail in dark scenes and replicating deep blacks. Then, you have the issue of apple not giving us very many options that we can use to adjust the image settings to our liking. That combination definitely affects the quality of the dark scenes in films and TV shows on the iPad.
 

MRU

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how come the Galaxy Tab S and the LG G3 can handle dark scenes and the Ipad Air cannot?
They have their 'GAMMA' adjusted artificially higher in software than the iPad which sticks to native Gamma.
 

Donka

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As has been said already, it's to do with the screen technology. Think Plasma versus LCD in big screen TVs. They all have their pros and cons but Plasma was always great at maintaining shadow detail and avoiding the crushing of dark scenes where as in most LCDs these appear as a black hole in the image.
Some apps will let you tinker with the video output to improve on this to a point.
 

jtan168

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They have their 'GAMMA' adjusted artificially higher in software than the iPad which sticks to native Gamma.
I think you're right, I just wished apple would give us options to recalibrate their display settings to our liking...
 

Donka

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no, cababah doesn`t know what he is talking about. LED,LCD are different techs compared to OLED.
That's what != means. Not equal to. OLED isn't the same as LED which is what they said and iPads use LED back lights which is also true.
 

donnaw

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That's what != means. Not equal to. OLED isn't the same as LED which is what they said and iPads use LED back lights which is also true.
Really? I didn't know that != means 'not equal to'. Learn something new everyday I suppose.
 

Donka

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Really? I didn't know that != means 'not equal to'. Learn something new everyday I suppose.
It's used in development and database programming, quite likely other areas too. Not something everyone would know I guess but the ! negates the = sign.
 

MarkCollette

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It's used in development and database programming, quite likely other areas too. Not something everyone would know I guess but the ! negates the = sign.
If you want to negate it, shouldn't that use - like how -5 is negative five. So then it would be -=

/ kidding, I'm a programmer, and know that -= =/= !=
 

iosuser

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If you're used to the Tab S screen, the iPad screen does kind of pale in comparison. I just sold it after upgrading from Air to Air 2 and I kind of miss that screen. I bought the Tab S after all the niggling issues with the Air (which the Tab S brought a whole other set of niggling issues lol). Now that those issues are solved on the Air 2, I sold the Tab S.

I will likely buying another S when it falls to the ~$200 price point. That screen is just so gorgeous for watching videos.
 

Closingracer

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If you're used to the Tab S screen, the iPad screen does kind of pale in comparison. I just sold it after upgrading from Air to Air 2 and I kind of miss that screen. I bought the Tab S after all the niggling issues with the Air (which the Tab S brought a whole other set of niggling issues lol). Now that those issues are solved on the Air 2, I sold the Tab S.

I will likely buying another S when it falls to the ~$200 price point. That screen is just so gorgeous for watching videos.
I'll be buying a tab s 8.4 after a price drop. Sold my tab s 10.5 for the Ipad air 2 as well