The iPad mini Retina’s headline feature is – as the name suggests – its Retina display, but while it pips many other tablets on paper when it comes to stats like PPI, a familiar name is unimpressed.
Dr Raymond Soneira, who suggested 1080p resolutions were wasted on small devices, reckons the Google Nexus 7 2013 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 ultimately have better displays than the iPad mini Retina.
That’s the conclusion over on displaymate.com following a typically thorough Soneira investigation, encompassing, well, pretty much everything pertaining to displays, including Absolute Color Accuracy, Intensity Scale and Image Contrast, and – of course – Gamma for the Intensity Scale.
On paper, the iPad mini Retina, Google Nexus 7 2013 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 all have roughly the same PPI, just below 325, but that doesn't mean they're all on par. Far from it, according to the good doctor.
Soneira writes: “The new iPad mini with Retina Display has a high resolution high PPI display like the other two Mini Tablets that we test here. But shockingly, it still has the same small 63 percent Color Gamut as the original iPad mini and even older iPad 2.
“As a result, the iPad mini with Retina Display comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7.”
In layman’s terms, the Color Gamut is the range of colours that a display can produce, and with the iPad mini Retina sitting at 63%, the “subdued image colors” are “incredibly disappointing”.
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