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white iPad users: is the white frame distracting?

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disconnekt Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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Mar 17, 2011 2:22 AM
I love the look of the white iPad but I'm just wondering, when you are watching video, particularly in a dim environment, is the white frame around the screen distracting? I'm thinking maybe it makes more sense to have a black screen just for visual comfort....?
iMac / Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Alancito Level 6 Level 6 (10,770 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:58 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    "The white bezel looks good, aesthetically — very similar to the infamous white iPhone 4s that I played with after last year’s WWDC keynote. But, I found the white bezel distracting. With the black, the frame disappears from mind when you’re using the iPad. With the white, it always seemed like I was looking at a white frame around the screen. There’s a reason why movies are letterboxed with black bars, not white ones, and why most TVs are framed by black." (Source)

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  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 3:57 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    I tried them both at the apple store. I am going with the black one. The white was distracting.
    Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 4:05 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    You, know I never thought about that. I was debating whether to go with the white or black when I was in line on launch day. Soooo glad I went with the black.
    Gateway, Windows Vista, iPhone 4 16 gb, iPhone 3g 16gb, iPad 2 - wifi/3G-AT&T 32gb
  • ryanlb Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2011 4:49 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    I wanted a white iPad 2, but found the article and comments like those above around the Internet. I decided to be safe and just go with black. I was one of the last ones in line at my local Best Buy release day to get an iPad 2. They had the exact configuration I wanted, but only in white. I decided to go for it, and I've been happy with it so far. I honestly have not found it distracting; my eyes are drawn to the screen. It makes sense though, if you're not impulsive like me , to maybe try them both out before you buy. I am glad I went ahead, took a chance, and got exactly what I wanted.
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 5:08 AM (in response to ryanlb)
    I got my white iPad yesterday. I don't see an isuue with the white bezel.

    glor
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  • dfoi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 13, 2011 9:54 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    It sounds strange, but I was wondering the same thing...black or white?

    I just signed up to the forum, and glad I did the search for answers. I need to make a decision today, and just wait for the day to come for delivery.
    I am looking at my screen as I type, and trying to see if white would make a difference.
    Thanks to those who offered their opinion.
    HP, Windows XP, Windows 7 as well
  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6 (12,310 points)
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    Apr 13, 2011 11:18 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    For me, I get so caught up in the experience on the iPad 2 that I forget that there even IS a bezel. And the main reason I finally bought an iPad is that it was now available in white.

    I love the white and don't find it distracting in the least. Nor do I find the aluminum bezel of my Cinema Display or my MacBookPro distracting.

    But really, it just depends on your own personal aesthetic preferences.
    MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz; iPad 2 WiFi; 30" Cinema Display, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Original 5GB iPod (Fred) and others
  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,685 points)
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    Apr 13, 2011 12:05 PM (in response to disconnekt)
    disconnekt wrote:
    I love the look of the white iPad but I'm just wondering, when you are watching video, particularly in a dim environment, is the white frame around the screen distracting?


    I have very selective rectangular tunnel vision.

    Seriously though, no, I don't find the white bezel distracting at all.

    I'm thinking maybe it makes more sense to have a black screen just for visual comfort....?


    A black screen?
    You prefer watching your iPad for visual comfort when it's off?
    iPad 2 (+3G), iPod touch 4, iOS 4, Laptop Windows 7 64-bit
  • Xxxyz721 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 6:28 AM (in response to disconnekt)
    From a photography perspective, the black surround will give a more accurate and overall better view of the colour depth etc. White borders tend to wash out the colours...
    iphone 3Gs, iOS 4
  • goodolcheez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 11:13 AM (in response to Xxxyz721)
    Xxxyz721 wrote:
    From a photography perspective, the black surround will give a more accurate and overall better view of the colour depth etc. White borders tend to wash out the colours...

    You got that kind of backards. It is the white bezel that provides more 3D depth when watching movies with or without black bars. The first thing my father noticed when viewing was the depth. He asked me "Is it 3D?". Black bezels wouldn't give you this effect.

    Also, white bezel looks better aesthetically. It's more of fashion as well.

    Also, I heard from someone that the white one has less light leakage than the black ones. ha ha.

    As a result, white is golden.
    iPad 2, Other OS, Sony laptop
  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,685 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 11:51 AM (in response to Xxxyz721)
    Xxxyz721 wrote:
    From a photography perspective, the black surround will give a more accurate and overall better view of the colour depth etc. White borders tend to wash out the colours...


    Aren't photographs often printed on paper with a white border?
    Why would these white borders wash out colors?
    iPad 2 (+3G), iPod touch 4, iOS 4, Laptop Windows 7 64-bit
  • jazzhand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 3:12 PM (in response to disconnekt)
    Just got my white iPad and love it. Nothing distracting at all, and I am a visual artist.
    intel macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2 gig ram.
  • pjl123 Level 5 Level 5 (5,430 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 3:43 PM (in response to disconnekt)
    my original pad was black. got a white 2 because that was all they had. was distracting for a day or two, but once you get used to it, it disappears, and makes no difference.
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  • dfoi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 14, 2011 6:24 PM (in response to disconnekt)
    There was only one way for me to decide, to see both in person.
    After an extended period of time, watching the same videos and viewing the same pictures, I found the white iPad to be the one for me.
    I find the white bezel sets off the picture, and gives it a sharper appearance. It is not distracting; the white is not a bright gloss but a muted eggshell. I spoke with quite a few of the employees, and most of them said they like the white one.
    As it has been said, everyone has their preference.
    Windows XP, Windows 7 as well
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