Lots of people may have bought Apple’s new iPad mini, but that doesn’t mean that they bought the best 7″ tablet. When it comes to the display, graphics expert Raymond M. Soneira, president of DisplayMate, found that the two most popular 7″ Android tablets, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7, had better displays.
After running a comprehensive series of DisplayMate’s Mobile Display Technology Shoot-Out tests, Soneira found that while the “iPad mini is certainly a very capable small Tablet, but it does not follow in Apple’s tradition of providing the best display, or at least a great display – it has just a very capable display. What’s more, the displays on existing mini Tablets from Amazon and Google outperform the iPad mini in most of our Lab tests.”
Why didn’t the iPad mini measure up? According to Soneira’s analysis, “Some of this results from constraints within the iPad product line, and some to realistic constraints on display technology and costs, but much of it is due to a number of poor choices and compromises.”