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

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  1. jtan168, Oct 27, 2014
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    jtan168 macrumors newbie

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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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  3. jtan168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how come the Galaxy Tab S and the LG G3 can handle dark scenes and the Ipad Air cannot?
     
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    Even if full brightness doesn't help...
     
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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.
     
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    They have their 'GAMMA' adjusted artificially higher in software than the iPad which sticks to native Gamma.
     
  8. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    I'm guessing it looks better on the Air 2 with the laminated display and low light reflectivity.
     
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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.
     
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    Galaxy Tab S has an AMOLED (LED), whereas the iPad's have LCD screens. LCD is brighter in direct sunlight, but LED's are better at low light (blacks - i.e. dark scenes).
     
  11. cababah macrumors 68000

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    OLED != LED

    The iPad uses LEDs to light their LCD panel...
     
  12. Vanilla35 macrumors 68030

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    Idk if that's the same thing though. If it is, my bad :p
     
  13. jtan168 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think you're right, I just wished apple would give us options to recalibrate their display settings to our liking...
     
  14. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    No


    Oled is oled


    Led is lcd.
     
  15. Donka macrumors 68020

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    Isn't that what cababah said?
     
  16. Gritzo macrumors newbie

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    no, cababah doesn`t know what he is talking about. LED,LCD are different techs compared to OLED.
     
  17. Donka macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  18. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    Really? I didn't know that != means 'not equal to'. Learn something new everyday I suppose.
     
  19. Donka macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  20. MarkCollette macrumors 68000

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    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 -= =/= !=
     
  21. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  22. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    The iPad Air/2 does adjustments in dark scenes. It's extremely obvious.
     
  23. threelions macrumors regular

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    As mentioned different screen tech used in different devices.
     
  24. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    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
     
  25. VelocitorF7 macrumors newbie

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    It does not. I have the same issues when playing video in Plex on my iPad Air 2 in iOS 10.2.1, and Plex uses the native video player. Any video that is at all dark is unwatchable anywhere but indoors with low lighting.
     

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