Space Gray vs. Silver: Which color iPad Air or Retina iPad mini should you buy



The new iPads are not only faster than previous models, they are also available in two new colors. Say good-bye to slate black and white and say hello to the new space gray and silver. What is the difference  between these colors and which one should I buy? Read on as we walk you through each color option and help you decide.

Is discoloration still a problem?

Before we get started with the colors, let’s get some of the problems out of the way. If you are a casual Apple fan, you may have heard of Apple’s trouble with white and discoloration. It took Apple a while to get the white color correct on early models of the iPhone, and this issue came to a head with the iPhone 4.

Early rumors hinted at Steve Job’s dissatisfaction with the particular tint of white that gave the phone 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, while a few customers claimed their device had a yellowish tint.

That was then and this is now, and now Apple has ironed out most, if not all, the kinks. The white iPad models have been plagued by no discernible discoloration problems, and we expect the same trouble-free experience with the new iPads.


What about the silver iPad?

The silver iPad is the same color as the white iPad, but now it has a snazzy silver name to stay consistent with the gold and silver naming conventions for the iPhone 5s. The silver iPad has a white front plate, white bezel and a white home button. The backplate is a solid, silver colored aluminum that contrasts nicely with the white front. Because it is white, this color option will likely hide superficial scratches better than its black counterpart. It may show dirt and grime more, though.


What about the space gray iPad?

The space gray version is inspired by the black/slate color of previous iPad models, but it is definitely different than its predecessor. Just like the silver model, the front of the space gray iPad has a sold black faceplate with a black home button. The back casing is a light gray anodized aluminum that is a lighter shade of gray than the dark slate color in earlier models.

The dark color of the space gray model helps to hide the dirt, but it may show off scratches a bit more than its white brethren. The darker casing is better for folks who enjoy watching movies on their iPad. Just ask them, and they will tell you that the colors in a movie pop more when they are surrounded by a dark bezel.



Color choice is a very personal thing. If you are obsessive about seeing scratches, get the white. If you enjoy movies, then go with black. If you are undecided, just pick the model that catches your eye and be happy with your choice. In the end, the color is a secondary factor that you should consider after you’ve made some of the other larger decisions like storage capacity and cellular versus WiFi. Remember, too — if you grow weary of the shade you selected, you can always get a case to mix things up.

If you are getting a new iPad in the near future, which color are you going to pick?

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