Nexus 7 vs iPad mini 2 vs Kindle Fire HDX 7 display comparison puts Apple's tablet last
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 22, 2013, 9:23 AM
Three of the current small tablet leaders - the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, Apple iPad mini with Retina Display, and Google's new Nexus 7, have been pitted against each other for a display quality competition by Dr Raymond Soneira from Displaymate.
The conclusions pretty much jibe with what Anandtech observed in its own tests of the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display. The new iPad mini has the highest pixel density of the three, despite the inch larger screen diagonal, thanks to the breathtaking 2048 x 1536 pixels of resolution.
In terms of color accuracy, though, it represents the smallest color gamut range of the three, and also has the highest mirror reflection ratio, which means it will be the worse to use under direct light. The average reflection on all three slates was pretty good, though, making them fairly suitable for outdoor usage. The Retina Display iPad mini showed lowest peak brightness, though, and comparatively weak contrast rating at high ambient light levels.
The iPad mini 2 with Retina Display is rumored to ship with a variety of panels, made by LG, Samsung and Sharp, since Sharp's IGZO tech can't churn out enough yield, so the results might vary in the next batch of iPad minis that arrives from the assembler. Here's the rather lengthy, but telling conclusion after the professional display quality measurement equipment has spoken:
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The Nexus 7 beats both but When I hear the word tablet iPad and M$ surface is all that comes to mind
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 9:56 AM 0
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Nexus 7 is very well built device...good job Asus and Google.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 10:03 AM 7
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The Nexus 7 is quite easily the best small-from-factor tablet currently available with it's combination of display quality, performance, ecosystem, durability, Google Service integration, and value for the money being unmatched by ANY tablet - PERIOD. It really is quite appalling that Apple chose to price the iPad Mini 2 so ridiculously high as it's just too ergonomically flawed (far too wide for a smaller tablet), lacks built-in GPS on WiFi models, dents/scratches far too easily due to its rather soft aluminum outer shell, uses a 4:3 display ratio that's completely unsuitable for video/movie viewing, cost some US 100.00 just to go from 16gb to 32gb, cost US 129.00 just to add LTE connectivity, and utilizes a display proven inferior to other small-form tablets save being 1 (ONE) ppi better in density. Nexus 7 32gb/LTE = US 349.00 vs iPad Mini 2 32gb+LTE = US 628.00 = WTH? I'll definitely be skipping this generation of iPad Mini... and hopefully Apple will see fit to price the thing much more realistically next time around. (though I certainly won't be holding my breath on that)
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 10:35 AM 12
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Except it has poor battery life. Expect 6.5 hours under continuous and heavy usage with your Nexus 7. Not only does Apple offer a display that is about 30% larger than the N7, the mini has about 10 hours of run time. Remember, you can't enjoy your tablet if it runs out of juice.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 6:39 PM 0
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Credit where credit is due. Sadly, not everybody will swallow their pride and like that last sentence: "...Apple chose to continue gambling on IGZO, which has resulted in both production shortages and inferior products."
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 10:23 AM 1
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where's lumia 2520???
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 11:13 AM 2
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I got the chance to play with the Nexus 7 at a Dixon's store in the Netherlands, compared to a Samsung tablet. The Nexus tablet was really lagging and jittery. I am sorry to say, but it was crap. The Samsung worked smoothly.
posted on Nov 22, 2013, 2:58 PM 0
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It seems that you played with the previous Nexus 7 not with the latest Nexus 7 2013! no doubt it's the best Android tablets around and i'm saying that even though i'm not a fan of Android tablets. I own the Nexus 7 2013 and it's a great tablet specially after KitKat 4.4 update that improved the graphics and games performance a lot, you mentioned that Samsung tablet worked smoothly! since when even galaxy 10.1 with all that massive hardware that can beat every single tablet in the market including IPad Air still lagging and jittery with 3GB RAM Lol.
posted on Nov 24, 2013, 3:24 AM 1
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All three are good tablets; the price conscious buyers will always look toward Amazon or Nexus; which yield great products for a cheap price. Apple products will always be a premium and they will always market the name instead of the specs (retina vs PPI). I am glad a site dove into other factors other than just PPI and resolution. What is, however, inexcusable is the price increases to add LTE and/or more storage. In the 3-4 years tablets have been out, Apple has not increased the storage and continues a massive premium increase for it. They are not the only ones, but I am glad Amazon/Google has much cheaper storage increase prices. Other manufacturers had better follow suit as well; it is highway robbery for the consumer who doesnt know and then tries to load a few movies on the iPad just to run out of space. For full disclosure; I own a nexus 7 and nexus 5, so of course I like the article, however I will give credit to apple for creating a product people are willing to overpay for. However the storage cost increases are evil.
posted on Nov 23, 2013, 10:30 AM 0
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Compares iPad mini, Kindle Fire And Nexus 7 The iPad Mini 2 The iPad Mini 2 is a substantial upgrade over the original iPad Mini. Apple's new tablet is powered by a 64-bit A7 dual-core chip that rivals the processing power of the best mobile quad-core CPUs on the market. The iPad Mini 2 also gains a 2048x1536 resolution display The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Amazon ignited the 7-inch tablet war with the original Kindle Fire, and the Kindle Fire HDX certainly takes it up a notch. Amazon's newest tablet is powered by a 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM for apps, which gives it plenty of power to run any Android app and enough elbow room to comfortably multitask. The Google Nexus 7 (2013) Google's 2013 version of the Nexus 7 is a technological match for the Kindle Fire HDX. The newest Nexus 7 is powered by a 1.51 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2 GB of RAM. And like the Kindle Fire HDX, it has a 1900x1200 resolution display. But don't let the numbers fool you, while the Kindle Fire HDX has a 2.2 Ghz quad-core processor compared to the Nexus 7's 1.51 Ghz, both tablets are very competitive in terms of processing power. Read More Go To website Kindleon . com
posted on Nov 28, 2013, 8:03 PM 0
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