Of course, the first thing that was heavily talked about following the iPad mini announcement, and subsequent release, was the display. The display that Apple is using in the iPad mini uses a new “GF2” technology, however it doesn’t pack the punch of a Retina-level resolution. Well, to take a more professional look at it, DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira did the usual tests and published the results against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. Here’s an excerpt from his findings:
The iPad mini is certainly a very capable small Tablet, but it does not follow in Apple’s tradition of providing the best display, or at least a great display – it has just a very capable display. What’s more, the displays on existing mini Tablets from Amazon and Google outperform the iPad mini in most of our Lab tests as documented below in the Shoot-Out Comparison Table.
So as you can see, while the iPad mini’s display is judged “very capable,” it doesn’t quite hold up to that of its competitors. Though spec-wise it doesn’t show much competition, in real world usage Soneira said that it holds up quite well due to the excellent calibration and color management processing it has. Many reviewers were also surprised at how great the display turned out to be once getting their hands on it.