Although many have argued iPad mini is so pricey because of its screen, an analysis shows that’s not quite the case. As a matter of fact, DisplayMate says the iPad mini screen is not as great as that of Google’s Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Fire HD.
Earlier this month, Apple dipped its toes in the small tablet market with the highly anticipated iPad mini. In the first three days since the release, Apple is estimated to have sold 3 million new iPads and iPad minis, and most of those units were the 7.9 inch tablet. Customers fell prey to Apple’s brand and paid at least $329 plus tax on a tablet that is much more expensive than the best tablets in the market without actually bringing more display quality perks.
There’s been a lot of rumoring about iPad mini, its price tag and screen. Now, that the reviews on iPad mini are in, experts have agreed: the 7.9 inch iPad isn’t better than the Amazon and Google tablets, although it is a great product. DisplayMate took an in-depth look at iPad mini, Fire HD and Nexus 7 and agreed it’s not “in Apple’s tradition of providing the best display, or at least a great display”.
It’s surprising that Apple had the guts to price the iPad mini at $329 plus tax, which is significantly more than the $199 Fire HD for instance. The tablet’s 1,024-by-768 display doesn’t feature the highly acclaimed Retina display and according to DisplayMate, at 163 pixels per inch it can’t beat the Google and Amazon Android tablets.
In a nutshell, “the iPad mini is certainly a very capable small tablet” with “a very capable display”. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira believes Apple could have done a better job if it had increased the resolution on the iPad mini to the same level it did for iPhone 5. A resolution of 1,280-by-960 would have been great quality for letterboxing, apps and reading.
“While screen Resolution gets lots of attention from both consumers and marketers – it’s really only critical for providing visually sharp text – but that applies for most applications running on a Tablet” reads the DisplayMate review on iPad mini. “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”.