The iPad mini Display – Not So Bad After All

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I’ve been using the iPad mini, heavily, for over a month now. I also used a Kindle Fire HD for a few weeks and have been using a Nexus 7 for a few weeks now as well.

The Kindle Fire HD, just like last year’s model, left me unmoved and rarely interested in using it. The Nexus 7 is a lot more interesting and I’ve spent a lot more time with it, and I’m still just getting to know it.

One thing that’s becoming more and more clear to me as the weeks go by is how much the iPad mini’s display is growing on me. It’s not retina and text is definitely nowhere near as sharp, but I find my eyes feel far les strained when reading for a few hours on the iPad mini than on the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7.

I’m also finding that for photos and video the iPad mini display is not too bad at all. Yesterday I was watching a Saturday Night Live episode on Hulu Plus and Rihanna cam on as the musical guest – and the colors and sharpness of the screen just really struck me, so I though I’d share a couple screenshots.

Here’s one more:

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For those of you who have got an iPad mini, what do you think of its display?

Patrick Jordan

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3 thoughts on “The iPad mini Display – Not So Bad After All”

  1. It’s just fine and I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. I’ve been using mine for a few weeks now. Overall, I like the Mini much better than the full size iPad. I had a friend’s iPad3 here for a week for comparisons, and more than half the time I went for the Mini.

    Photos are fine, text is fine. Color is true, contrast levels are what they should be. As a photographer that’s important to me. Actually, I’ve never met an Apple display I didn’t like.

  2. I use my mini every night after work to catch up on all the news of the day. The display is excellent. No complaints here.

    1. In hand , I think the display is Just fine I have a Nexus7 as well. I must say its not retina,but once again in hand use is just great has very accurate color saturation.
      I have zero complaints in regards to the display.
      It renders web pages fast and clear.
      With all the great apps form factor battery life its a no brainer.
      Put one in your hand and it will be hard to put down.

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