The whole point of having an iPad Mini is for the device to have a smaller display, to make it easier to carry on the go, and as such have a smaller footprint. However people are not happy as the 7.9 inch IPS LCD display is 1024 x 768 pixels and some are saying that this is poor when compared to competitor’s tablets.
iPad Mini price is one thing, but a sub-par display on an Apple tablet?
So how does the iPad Mini compare to the tablets of competitors?
The display of the iPad Mini comes with pixels that total 786,000 at 163ppi. The Nexus 7 from Google comes with a display of 7 inches and it manages to pack in 1280 x 800 pixels. This means that the screen and the resolution are a total of 1,024,000 pixels, at around 216ppi.
The Nook HD from Barnes and Noble comes with a display of 7 inches and has 1440 x 900 pixels. This means that the size of display and the resolution give it a total of about 1,296,000 pixels at around 243ppi.
These tablets are the current leaders in the 7 inch tablet market and so it seems unlike Apple to fall short when it comes to the display, given that Apple has always boasted about its displays and a tablet is basically all about the screen.
So why did Apple make such a compromise. Apple chose the size of the display so that it would be easy for developers. If they had released the device and it wasn’t able to download and use the apps in the store now, then of course it wouldn’t do very well. Another thing to take into account is that the A5 processor, which is used in the Mini would not push the Retina display with all its pixels so really, the hardware is a problem too. The smaller display, along with smaller processor, is to keep the price down… or so we thought until Apple sprung the $329 price tag on the world.