iPad mini display falls short of iPad 4 and competitors

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.

What do you think? Have you seen the iPad mini’s screen? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
Via: MacRumors, DisplayMate

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  • Digress

    I have the iPad Mini, and I think the screen is pretty good. I was worried about all of the talk of the screen being horrible, but I chose not to listen and I am completely satisfied. I’ve had “a lot” of tablets including the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and the HD, as well as an Acer Iconia. So far the feel of the mini is awesome. Overall a better experience than the others that I’ve had.

  • TheiPhone7isoutdated

    While the screen’s capabilities are up for debate on based heavily on personal needs and preferences, what I find funny is the amount of denial and justification that oozes from fanboys about this. I hear so much from apple fanboys about how great the iphone and ipads are with retina display, and how no android device can even come close to beating them, and how that makes apple so much better. Now we android beating the retina display and on top of that we have the ipad mini falling short of even mid range device’s displays, and the amount of justification to try and make the product still sound as cool or great as it may have been with a retina display, is rather a funny thing to watch. Its like watching the guy that comes to the shooting range with a 50 cal sniper rifle every day for a year, then one day comes in with a pellet rifle and tries to convince you its still just as good. :P