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Space Gray or Silver: Which Color iPad Air or iPad Mini with retina display Should You Buy? - TheTechN

Space Gray or Silver: Which Color iPad Air or iPad Mini with retina display Should You Buy?

Tomorrow see’s the release of Apple’s latest tablet — the iPad Air. (Almost) following in the footsteps of the iPhone 5S, it will be available in two colors: Space Gray and Silver. Whether you’re buying an iPad Air or an iPad Mini with retina display (which will also come in slate gray or silver when released later this month), the most difficult decision is probably what color to get! If you have absoultely no idea what to do, read on, and by the end of this post I’m certain that you’ll have a better idea as to what you’re buying.

Fading Black vs Whiting Out

TVs are black for a reason — black disappears. That can be applied here to the iPad too. The silver iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini have white faceplates, and this means that whenever you use them, you’ll see a white border around the screen. For some people, that’s distracting, and therefore a reason in itself why to go for the gray.

I’ve never owned a white iPad though, so can’t confirm this logic. I did, however, used to own a white 4th generation iPod Touch, but not once did I find the color a problem when watching movies, and that screen was 3x as small. Even if you aren’t distracted while watching video though, you may not like the contrast between the white border and the blank screen when the device is off. It’s very “panda”.

If a white faceplate catches your eye, and not in a good way, you’ll probably want to stick with black.

What about discoloration?

If you are a casual Apple fan, you may have heard of Apple’s trouble with white and discoloration.

Early rumors hinted at Steve Job’s dissatisfaction with the particular tint of white that gave the iPhone 4 a yellowish hue. After a delayed launch, Apple admitted that it was having manufacturing problems with the white model. Apple never detailed its manufacturing problems, but everyone assumed it had to do with this yellowish hue. When the white iPhone 4 finally launched, most customers were pleased with their white phone, and we haven’t heard anything since.

The moral of that story? Discoloration isn’t an issue, and if that’s what’s holding you back from getting a white iPad, don’t let it! What might hold you back is this next point.

Dirt.

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Yep. White iDevices get dirty. Rather quickly, at that. Refering back to the iPod Touch again, it did get quite disgustingly grimy around the home button and the edges with time, and this was even though I cleaned it regularly and kept it in good condition. The good thing about black (or “Space Gray”) is that dirt is also (usually) conveniently colored black, and so on a black device it doesn’t show. If you’re someone who likes their iPhones and iPads clean, then maybe silver isn’t for you.

But enough of the reasons why you shouldn’t get silver. Time for reasons you should get it.

Damage

Apple has a slight (big) problem when it comes to how devices show damage.

If you own(ed) an iPhone 5 you’ll know that the slate black model was so scratch non-resistant that it would scratch from just being in your empty pocket. Apple clearly realized that something wasn’t right and so here we are with “Space Gray”. The new finish should prove much tougher than the old, but it will take a year to know for sure. If you’re worried therefore, stick to silver/white.

Popularity vs Personality

The majority of gadgets you’ll find are black, and so by default, this is the “common” color. If you want to stand out from the crowd go white! Black tech looks sleek, while white looks…I don’t know what white looks. Brighter? If you’re thinking of getting colorful cases and want them to shine, then white is for you. If you want the attention on your iPad and not its accessories, then go black.

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At the end of the day it’s really up to you (great advice, I know). I’m pretty undecided myself, as I want to get a Space Gray iPad to match my iPhone, but at the same time, I want to adventure into the unknown territory of white/silver iPads!

One final thing though, Apple seems to only advertise white iPads/iPhones on its site, which is a clear indicator that black is by far the more popular color. If you’ve searched the website you’ll know that with iOS 7 white does look incredibly nice, so make sure to take that into consideration.

Are you buying an iPad Air tomorrow or are you waiting for the Retina Mini. Maybe you’re contempt with your iPad 2. Whatever the case, let me know in the comments box below.

Comments

  1. Carolina

    Thanks a lot for the explanation about discoloration. You are right: The good thing about black (or “Space Gray”) is that dirt is also (usually) conveniently colored black, and so on a black device it doesn’t show. If you’re someone who likes their iPhones and iPads clean, then maybe silver isn’t for you.

    You gave me a good reason to choose for a Spay gray device.

    • Thanks for the comment. I chose space gray as well and certainly haven’t looked back

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