i prefer chess board and i normally take the black one
I usually prefer the second move and I prefer an actual board than technology 8D
I don't have a preference for black or white, though sometimes i think i do prefer white a bit more. I like opening theory, so any side is peachy.
And well as for playing, you need a full sized board at least a foot across to play at your best strength. A lot of chess learning and ability happens in three dimensions with other cues, and if you're under master strength, you'll always play more poorly with a flat surface, or computer screen, or a tiny chess set.
unless it's speed chess you should always have a full board next to a computer screen