Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Mini not quite as sharp as Nexus or Kindle

Now that the Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad Mini is out there in the market and being used by people, here's some feedback for those who may be wondering whether they should buy it or not.

A report in AppleInsider says that the display of the iPad Mini, does not quite match up to Apple's quality standards and indeed tablets from Amazon and Google are better.

AppleInsider quoted an in-depth look of the iPad Mini done by Dr Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate, who pitted Apple's smaller version of the iPad with the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

"The comprehensive test used lab measurements and multiple viewing tests with both test patterns and test images to assess the devices' screen reflectivity, brightness and contrast, colours and intensities, viewing angles, display backlight power consumption, and running time on battery," the report said.

While Apple had said, at the time of the launch, that the iPad Mini contained all the features that it larger version carried and quality had not been compromised, Dr Soneira's analysis found that the iPad Mini's screen had a lower pixel count relative to the retina display units found in the iPhones and the full-sized iPads.

According to Soneira, the iPad Mini's 7.9 inch panel would have required "a 326-pixel per inch pixel density over more than four times the real estate of the iPhone 5.....because Apple has traditionally used the screen resolutions of 1,024 by 768 pixels and 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, compatibility called for the mini to retain a pixel density of 163ppi."

Both the Google and Amazon devices performed better in terms of sharpness.

"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," Soneira wrote. "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."

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