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iPad Mini Display is 'Capable' But Outperformed By Amazon and Google Tablets

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NoGoodNick - 1 year ago
I could have produced the same chart by reading the basic spec sheets. There was no analysis of which displays showed better color, perspective or details. We already knew the iPad mini had a lower resolution, but I was hoping for more detail on whether it was a better designed display or not. This report has no analysis to it.
russelll - 1 year ago
Charts are for STUPID LAZY people. Go read the original article for the complete analysis.

Screen Reflectance on the iPad mini is a surprisingly high 9.0 percent. On the Nexus 7 the Reflectance is a much lower 5.9 percent, while on the Kindle Fire HD it is 6.4 percent. As a result, the iPad mini reflects 53 percent more ambient light than the Nexus 7 and 41 percent more than the Kindle Fire HD. That’s quite a big difference…

Screen visibility and readability in high Ambient Light depends on both the Maximum Brightness and Screen Reflectance, which we evaluate with a Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light. On the Kindle Fire HD it is 58 percent higher than the iPad mini and 47 percent higher on the Nexus 7.

It is the display’s Color Gamut together with the Factory Display Calibration that play the most important role in determining the Wow factor and true picture quality and color accuracy of a display. The Color Gamut is the range of colors that a display can produce. If you want to see accurate colors in photos, videos, and all standard consumer content the display needs to closely match the Standard Color Gamut that was used to produce the content, which is called sRGB / Rec.709. Most of the previous generations of LCD Tablets and Smartphones had smaller Color Gamuts around 60 percent of the Standard Gamut, which produces somewhat subdued colors. But that’s been changing due to both technology and competition.

While the iPad 2 and iPhone 4 had reduced 61-64 percent Color Gamuts, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 both deliver a much larger 86 percent Color Gamut, and the new iPad 3 and iPhone 5 have full 100 percent standard Color Gamuts. So it was a surprise and a major disappointment for the iPad mini to arrive with an antiquated smaller 62 percent Color Gamut.
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