New Apple iPad mini has higher pixel density, but poorer color accuracy than the Apple iPad Air
But that is where the good times end for the Apple iPad with Retina display. The tablet happens to offer the same color gamut as last year's model, which is lower than the color gamut on the iPad Air. The gamut measures the subset of colors available within a larger range of colors, which in this case is the sRGB standard, which represents 1 million colors. The testing showed that the Apple iPad mini with Retina display has a narrower gamut than the iPad Air which limits its ability to reproduce colors accurately. The testing also showed that the new iPad mini has a narrower color gamut than those found on competing lower priced slates with similar or smaller screen sizes, such as the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
You can see the difference in the way that color is reproduced on the Apple iPad mini with Retina display and the Apple iPad Air. Sure, the resolution on the new iPad mini with Retina display does offer a sharper image than on the the OG iPad mini and even the iPad Air. But when it comes to accurately reproducing colors, there is room for improvement.
Apple iPad mini with Retina display reproduces color less accurately than the Apple iPad air
1. Image from Apple iPad mini on left, new Apple iPad mini with Retina display on right
2. Results of gamut test, lower number is better
3. Check out the difference in color reproduction between the Apple iPad Air on the left, and the new iPad mini on the right
source: AnandTech via AppleInsider
1. cezarepc (Posts: 554; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Yeah noticeable... but only screen purists would mind.
3. Finalflash (Posts: 1568; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, but it is just for information's sake, if anyone makes this a deal breaker for themselves, they're essentially hurting themselves only.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ouch - less color accuracy? What happened to the whole 'Resolutionary' thang?
6. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
What does color accuracy have to do with resolution? (Hint: nothing)
4. ocilfa (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Screen accuracy lol... Please, raise your hand if your a professional photographer or digital artist who uses consumer tablets for professional image editing. Anyone?
5. darkkjedii (Posts: 10373; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
All I know is, I just downloaded "Man of Steel" on my retina mini, and it looks amazingly crisp.
7. Lucas_kim (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)
the technology havent mature with high ppi of ipad mini!!
8. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Funny how colour accuracy and screen brightness became the most important thing in the world when Android phones and tablets started destroying the iPhone and iPad in pixel density.
Now all of a sudden it is not a big deal. I must admit, Apple has a great PR staff that can spin almost anything into their favour.