In my iPad 2 Impressions post the other day, I mentioned how I thought my screen was suffering from the bonding issue that plagued many iPhone 4 users upon its release. I was none too worried, seeing as how this is supposed to be a temporary issue that corrects itself after only a few days of use.
Well, now I am officially back in “worry mode.” After said few days of use, the issue persists. It seems as though my iPad is not suffering from a bonding issue, but from a backlight bleeding issue. MacRumors has an article on this as well.
Basically, when you are looking at dark, solid colors on the screen, you’ll notice what appear to be yellow “bleed” marks towards the edge in various areas of the device. The issue intensifies when you turn up the brightness of the iPad. It’s most aggravating when the affected areas are displaying just a solid black screen. It’s not just noticeable, but also distracting.
The biggest problem with this issue is that, unlike with the bonding issue, this problem does not correct itself. Users must either accept the bleeding or take it to the Apple Store for, hopefully, a replacement.
It is unknown how widespread the problem is. The MacRumors forum has been a venue for frustrated owners to vent their concerns. razorianfly.com also has a story on this issue, along with a poll to see how many iPad’s are affected. For what it’s worth, just under 60 percent of voters in that poll said they are having an issue. But take that with a grain of salt, because content owners rarely scour blogs to rant about how pleased they are.
I included a picture of my iPad in this post. Please excuse the less-than-stellar quality as I have to rely on my iPhone for all my picture-taking needs. But you’ll notice two yellow-ish spots in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Trust me when I say that it’s even more noticeable in person.
How about you? Is your iPad flawless? Or does it have the same issue? Let us know in the comments. Or tweet us a pic at @iSource.