iPad mini vs iPad 3: Display comparison

David Price
3 November, 2012
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We compare the displays of the iPad mini and iPad 3, with head-to-head comparisons on Safari and iBooks.

Apple launched the iPad mini to an eager world on Friday. It’s a terrific device but one question hung over the launch: why doesn’t it have a Retina display, and after a sequence of Retina iOS launches, will the reduction in screen resolution be painfully obvious?

We’ve put together head-to-heads on iBooks and Safari.

iPad mini vs Retina iPad 3: Safari


 

The iPad 3 is top; the iPad mini is below. Bear in mind that this is seriously cropped in to highlight any minor differences between the two devices. But at this sort of magnification you can easily see the lower resolution of the iPad mini’s non-Retina display.

Now, you won’t be looking as closely as that. And the difference is only this obvious when you look at the two side by side, or swap straight from one to the other. But there’s a noticeably greater degree of pixellation on the iPad mini.

iPad mini vs Retina iPad 3: iBooks

 

The iPad mini is left, and the iPad 3 is right. Again, the iPad mini is noticeably fuzzier, but our experiences with the mini suggest that you’ll quickly get used to the lower resolution.

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