If you’re in the market for a small tablet you’re probably looking at the iPad Mini, the ASUS Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Which is the best of this bunch, and which has the better display?
iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 vs Kindle Fire HD
The iPad Mini has a 7.9” display and a 1,024x768p display with a ppi of 162. The Kindle FIre HD and the Nexus 7 both have displays with 216ppi and HD resolutions of 1,280x800p.
DisplayMate put the trio to the test and found that the iPad Mini came last in almost every category. It doesn’t have a Retina display – like its bigger brothers – and its screen reflects 41% more light than the Kindle’s, and 51% more than the Nexus 7. In brightness, the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 got A ratings and the iPad Mini got a B. In gamut tests, the Mini got 62% and the other two got 86%.
The iPad Mini fell down on battery life too – lasting for around six hours before it needed to be recharged. The Amazon Kindle Fire lasted for 6.6 hours and the Nexus 7 lasted for nine hours.
GforGames reckoned that the iPad Mini is too expensive for what you get, and that it doesn’t offer anything its rivals already do – in fact you could say it offers less. It should, says GfG, be last on your wish list. The only thing in its favour is the wealth of tablet-optimised apps it has access to.