After owning the iPad 2 for about 15 months, I decided to sell it and buy the new iPad. I had no issues or problems with my old one, but seeing photos on the screen of the new one, I was blown away with the resolution. I had heard some complaints about the screen leaking some light and discoloration of the screen, but I figured what were my chances of getting a bad one. I had never purchased any Apple product in the past that was in any way defective.
Ebay used to be my choice when getting rid of “obsolete” toys, but lately I have started using Amazon to sell my stuff. When I checked the Gazelle site, my offer was $280 (I had the iPad 2 32GB Wi-Fi model) the Amazon trade-in price was up to $380 but they only give you a gift card loaded with that amount. I put it up for sale on Amazon instead, and priced it around $400 which was lower than all other sellers with the same LN condition. After Amazon took their cut, I was left with about the same as their trade-in price, but I got cash.
Well I purchased the “new” iPad and splurged on the 64GB model this time. I noticed right away that the new iPad had a warmer overall look to the screen than my iPad 2. I probably could have lived with that, but when looking at some published magazines on it, I noticed that the left side pages had a darker even more yellow look than the right side(held horizontally). When booting up I also noticed the light leakage in at least 8 places on the edges.
I decided to return it and get my money back. This is the first time I’ve been let down by any Apple product, and it feels a little weird to say the least. Quality control is slipping somewhere, or suppliers are giving them lousy yet high resolution screens. I may have to buy another iPad 2 which has a much whiter (brighter) screen than the new one. Yes, I’ll miss the super sharp screen, but I won’t be looking at a blotchy screen.
The picture I posted here was taken with my iPhone 4s, which gives some idea of the condition.