All iPads How bad is the iPad mini's screen? Or iPad 2

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  1. macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    I've heard and been told its pretty bad. And many people are holding back from buying due to the non-retina screen. I have an iPhone 5 and a 15" rMBP. So I know I will be able to tell the difference but how bad is it?
    I've never seen the mini so I'm not sure how the quality is.
    For those who may wonder how I haven't seen the iPad mini and I own an iPhone and rMBP. I ordered them online.
  2. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2013
    This is the worst place to ask that question. I'm sure the apple retina snobs will be here shortly to complain about how the lack of a retina display has deeply impacted their lives in a negative way.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    Although I expect the retina display of iPad Mini very much,I don't think the present screen of iPad Mini is bad.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    There is definitely a noticeable difference between my nexus 7 and the minis screen. My friend has both and agrees as well. Text is much sharper on the nexus.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    The iPad 2's screen is fine. I have it and use it all of the time. The only time you notice it is when you have the two side by side. Your eyes adjust to both screens.
  6. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's the same res as an iPad 2 which was fine for folks until they saw the retina although some say they can't tell a difference most of the time, but squeezed into a smaller display..thus the pixels are smaller and more are packed in per inch. It's like 75% retina already.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
    you should have gone to an Apple store and check it first before ordering online. i have an iphone 4s, iphone 5, iPad 3 (retina), macbook pro and yet the mini's screen did not prevent me from getting one. retina or not i need to have it.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2013
    Of course the with the nexus 7 you have to zoom in more on the text, due to the smaller screen size. It all comes down to your own personal preference and what you are looking for in a tablet.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    The quality is excellent. There's nothing wrong with the display. It's just low resolution & pixelated. I knew what to expect when I made my buying decision. For me it was a matter of not wanting to wait.

    Apple was already two years behind Samsung (my first 7" tablet) so I sacrificed. But as soon as they offer retina, I'm dumping this & buying the better model.


    You are wrong. I have both the Nexus 7 & iPad mini.

    Because the mini's text is pixelated its actually harder to tolerate. No zooming is required on either.

    Luckily I have 20/20 vision, otherwise I'd be selling the mini. But it's only temporary since I will buy the retina mini as soon as Apple makes it.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2003
    I switched from an iPad retina to an iPad mini.

    Sure, there's no comparison in display quality. But after a few hours use, you readjust to the lower resolution and it's fine.

    Don't get hung up on retina versus non-retina. The superior form factor of the mini trumps everything else.
  11. thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    Got it for free :p
  12. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use my iPad mini for reading all the time, is it retina quality no and I wasn't expecting it to be, but its fine and I'm quite content with my purchase.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Dont forget the mini apologists who claim you actually cant see the diference :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2013
    There is a difference between the screens but it isn't really that noticable for alot of people until you are using the devices at the same time
  15. macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I sold a ipad3 for a mini and it is great, but after having a 15" mbpr for a few weeks the non retina on the mini is noticeable, but the size is a winner.
    But then even my 27" 09 imac looks bad after the mbpr.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    The displays of both the iPad Mini and the iPad 2 are fine. Obviously, they are not as good as the displays of newer, competitive (and Apple) devices but when I pick up the iPad 2, I don't have a problem.
  17. thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    Thanks everyone!
    Also upon reading a couple of articles, it says that the iPad mini has a higher PPI than the iPad 2. Does that mean the text is a bit sharper on the Mini?
  18. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    They are phenomenal. Among the best of their time. Color reproduction, clarity brightness.

    Just PPI is on the low side for today.
  19. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    Better than iPad 2 as the ppi is higher. Not as crisp as the iPad 3/4. But honestly unless you slap them side by side you won't notice.
  20. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Some people think that since it isn't retina, it is like using sandpaper on your eyes.:eek: But as others have said, while it isn't as sharp it is still very usable.
  21. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    It's not retina (duh) but its more than capable and is superior to the iPad 2. I'd also take it over the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 any day all day.
  22. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Check it out in person and see for yourself. It's a highly subjective matter.
  23. Guest

    Just hold the mini four times as far from your face. Problem solved. End of thread.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I use my iPad Mini all the time and I think the screen looks gorgeous. Having non-retina doesn't affect its usage for me and I definitely have no regrets buying it.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    Higher PPI, yes, because it has the same resolution on a smaller display. The text looks a bit sharper on the mini than the 2, but still pixelated if (and only if!) you compare it with a 3 or 4.

    So if you do like your mini, enjoy it, and DO NOT EVER try to use an iPad 3 or later, as you don't want to know what you're missing.

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