No question the iPad mini got some love in the reviews, but the one feature no one could overlook was the average resolution display. It’s a shame since it clearly has a better form factor than its big brother and it has great build quality. It seems that there is more about the display that is disappointing than just its resolution, according to display expert Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies the Mini’s display is “capable” but not great. He came to this conclusion in a tablet display “shoot-out” published today which featured the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD which out performed the iPad mini.
The biggest problems with the iPad mini’s display are it’s pixel resolution, color gamut and screen reflection. The iPad Mini has a 1,024×768 resolution with a pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (ppi). This is now considered to be low, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD offer 216ppi.
On the iPad Mini, screen reflectance “is a surprisingly high” 9 percent. On the Nexus 7 the reflectance is a much lower 5.9 percent, while on the Kindle Fire HD it is 6.4 percent. “As a result, the iPad mini reflects 53 percent more ambient light than the Nexus 7 and 41 percent more than the Kindle Fire HD.”
The iPad Mini has an “antiquated” small 62 percent Color Gamut. The Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 both deliver a much larger 86 percent color gamut. And the iPad Mini compares even more unfavorably with iPad 3 and iPhone 5, which have full 100 percent standard Color gamuts.
It is now a fact that the iPad Mini does not follow in Apple’s tradition of providing the best display.
The iPad mini didn’t fail outright and did gain praises in a few categories, you can check out the comparison chart below to see for yourself.