When Apple announced the iPad mini with Retina display, many rejoiced. After all this was one the most wanted features for the iPad mini’s successor. However it was discovered not too long ago that the Retina iPad mini actually displays less color when compared to the likes of the iPad Air, and now according to the experts at DisplayMate, they have ranked Apple’s Retina iPad mini as a “distant third” when compared to the likes of the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (especially the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9). This apparently due to Apple deciding to use “old technology” rather than new.
According to DisplayMate, this is because the display on the Retina iPad mini is too much like its predecessor, meaning that its color gamut remains almost the same which is essentially almost 3 year old technology since the iPad mini used the iPad 2’s display tech. It also means that it’s not as power efficient and not as bright, and also more reflective compared to other tablets of similar size. In fact DisplayMate found that the Kindle Fire HDX’s display was the most impressive overall, stating, “Two innovative Tablet manufacturers, Amazon and Google, have significantly leapfrogged Apple by introducing Tablet displays using LTPS (in the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and the new Nexus 7), and they are significantly outperforming the IGZO and a-Si displays in the current iPads.”