Display expert: iPad mini Retina is ‘disappointing’ next to Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7

Display expert: iPad mini Retina is ‘disappointing’ next to Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7The 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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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2013 at 15:48

Disaster. Total disaster.

TJ Skywasher  Nov. 29, 2013 at 16:20

First world problems. I've got both the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and whilst there is a difference in the colour it's only slight, the majority of people will never know or notice. Certainly not a reason to put you off owning one.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 29, 2013 at 16:22

I say... File under: what to say when you have nothing to publish.

Stelph  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:35

First world problems. I've got both the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and whilst there is a difference in the colour it's only slight, the majority of people will never know or notice. Certainly not a reason to put you off owning one.

Havent actually seen the iPad mini with retina yet but I remember when the retina screen on the full size iPad came out I couldnt immediatly see the improvement over the iPad 2 I had at the time, least not without really really careful examination.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 2, 2013 at 13:49

I used an iPad Air on Saturday - side by side with my BH's iPad 2. Slightly better screen.
Real difference only visible to me when zooming into the same high resolution photo.
Dito HD movies - the Air maybe it bit more vibrant... But no deal breaker. (however - the speed of the iPad Air compared to the 2 is a killer. Holy cow. Flying through a just synced library of 5000 photos without any noticeable lag - very very impressive.

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