I'm insecure about my iPad mini purchase (white or black?).



Here's the thing: I'm the most flip-floppy purchaser of technology that you will ever meet. Ever since selling my first-gen Kindle Fire a couple of months ago, I've been looking at every possible replacement. I was dead set on the Nexus 7 for a while, and seriously the considered the iPad 4 and Nexus 10, but eventually settled on the mini.

I ordered a Personalized iPad mini with Wi-Fi 16GB and an iPad mini Smart Cover - Dark Gray around midnight Sunday morning from Apple.com. Considering that 24 hours ago I was drafting an unpublished forum post asking for help choosing one of the four above tablets, this was a huge step for me. Months of deliberations that culminated in one, glorious decision. Little did I know that deciding on the iPad mini was only the first step.

The first issue I had was with the storage amount I ordered--this article explains why--but I managed to talk myself into being OK with it; after all, I'm only going to use the mini for reading the Internet and books, with some light gaming on the side. Once I got past that, and made peace with the engraving I chose, and that it didn't have cellular connectivity, and that I picked an OK color for my Smart Cover, the issue arose of the color of the device itself.

I ordered a white iPad mini. I did this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the black iPad mini obviously doesn't sell as well as the white, so I knew it would have better availability. But when I tried to order with a cover/engraving, I was unable to pick it up in an Apple Store (they can't engrave it at a store, duh), and was given an estimated delivery time of two weeks. I figured if I was going to wait a while I may as well just get one that was more popular/less in stock, and it was suggested to me that the white one would feel more like an iPad since most Android tablets are black.

This is how I decided on the white iPad mini. The problem is, in the following days I have reread Josh's Q&A thread and read Gizmodo's buyers guide, both of which suggested that the black version was the more attractive model. Having only prior experience with a 2011 Kindle Fire, which featured an uninspired design at best, I don't have a good grasp on appealing tablet design. The question is whether to be happy with the white one or to cancel and switch to black. This may result in sooner shipping as my current estimate is November 27th.