iPad mini display falls short: Outperformed by Google Nexus, Kindle Fire

A comprehensive test carried out by Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has said that the display on the iPad mini is outperformed by both the Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Ever since the iPad mini launched, there has been a lot of online chatter about its steep $329 price tag, which placed it over $100 above competitor 'mini' tablets like Google's Nexus and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. However Apple justified the price, saying that the iPad mini was of far higher quality than its competitors.

But is it really?

iPad mini display falls short: Outperformed by Google Nexus, Kindle Fire

Capable but not great: Getty Images

A comprehensive test carried out by Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has said that the display on the iPad mini is outperformed by both the Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

The test was carried out across a number of parameters including resolution and sharpness, screen reflectance, colour gamut and a number of viewing tests that included measuring the tablet against a calibrated professional studio monitor.

And while Soneira calls the iPad mini "certainly a very capable small Tablet", he notes that in a number of departments in display at least, the device is found wanting.

In terms of resolution he notes, "The $199 Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 both have considerably sharper displays with 216 Pixels Per Inch, and they both delivered considerably sharper text".

It also only has a color gamut of 62 percent as against 86 percent for the Nexus and Kindle Fire. To put this in more perspective, the fully fledged iPad and iPhone 5 with Retina Display (Remember the iPad mini does not have this) stands at 100 percent.

Soneira concludes, "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-OutComparison Table. Some of this results from constraints within the iPad product line, and some to realistic constraints on display technology and costs, but much of it is due to a number of poor choices and compromises."

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