All iPads I hate to say this but....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AdonisSMU, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    The mini's screen is far and away better than the iPad Air's screen guys... eeek! please don't get mad at me. I really want to keep both but the mini is far superior to the air in terms of screen quality.
  2. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    That is a pretty quick assessment to tell the truth.

    We'll see how I feel about it now that I have both. My Air was very good to perfect IMHO, never did I feel distraction with anything I did on it. Did you get a good screen on the Air you have?
  3. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
  4. fatalle macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2011
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No one is going to hate you for stating the obvious. All of the bloggers who got a sneak peak at the rMini @ the special even noted the Mini's text was sharper than the Air's since the screen was smaller @ same resolution; i.e., more PPI. It's just math.
  6. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    My air's screen looks more yellowy and my mini in comparison looks more blueish..
  7. Macalway macrumors 68030

    Aug 7, 2013
    The 3 or 4 rMini screen weirdness threads soon to follow shed doubt on your claims
  8. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I didn't want to believe that I would actually notice it.
  9. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Do you have the paper app for the mini? The use of the paper app and pages is what is slowing me down from grabbing a mini.

    Odd thing is, I had a mini for a long time and loved it. The lightness of the Air makes it hard to decide.
  10. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    I used Paper on my non-retina mini all the time and it was perfectly good...the smaller screen can feel restricting, but the zoom tool that the Paper crew added really helps when it comes to smaller details.
  11. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    How's the weight difference? Can you feel the 0.25lbs between the Air and rMini?
  12. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Mine is the exact opposite. Colours in my old Mini and the Mini R are more or less the same - a bit washed out and sepia. The colours in my Air and vibrant and bright. Just different screen suppliers I guess. I much prefer the Air colours.

    Images seem sharper but to be honest, the Mini weakness of the text being very small remains (as was obvious that this was going to be the case).
  13. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I noticed at the store because the air is bigger and so light for its size it just feels lighter then the mini with retina. There is no doubt the mini is sharper I couldn't really judge photos just web text the few minutes I had with one .
  14. ApplePhy macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2013
    I'm assuming the screen quality difference is negligible?

    The iPhone 5/5s is supposed to have the same PPI as the retina mini.

    When I compare the screen (text/graphics/pictures) on my iPhone 5 and ipad air, the denser pixels on my iPhone 5 seem to be similar to the pixel density on my air...I find the sharpness similar.
  15. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
  16. I8P'CS Suspended

    Jul 29, 2010
    "Far better" please. Yes you are over joyed with your rMini purchase and screen but starting these pointless attention threads to satisfy your ego is silly. Galaxy 10.1 has an higher ppi of 299 ppi yet the tech reviews claim you can't tell the difference compared to air.

    Just enjoy your rMini. Both are great devices. Some say the rMini and Mini is for girls. You don't hear those people shouting it from the roof tops. Lol
  17. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
  18. syd430 Guest

    So in other words, the panel lottery went in favour of your Mini this time. I guarantee I can pick out a yellowish and/or uneven Mini and a "nice" bluish looking Air for you tomorrow and you'd come on here and make a thread about how all Air screens are better.

    I'm guessing you've either haven't had many iPads in the past or you've just had a really good run.

    Sure the Mini might have a better screen if you're basing that on PPI, but if you're basing it on screen tints and evenness, I'd say that's extremely naive of you.
  19. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Ipad mini is sharper for sure but so is the tiny screen on the iphone. Small is small :)

    And it's slower. Sorry, had to throw that in there ;)
  20. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    It seemed slower at apple but I thought it was just me
  21. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Yes, if you look at both screens at the same distance then the Mini looks better.

    But...lets do some actual usage. Can you comfortably read text on the retina mini while it sits at the end of your lap with the smart cover? Nope, they are different devices for different use cases. You typically have the air further from your face.

    The real question is whether or not the color accuracy and actual display quality (other than PPI) are different.
  22. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes definitely.


    I had a really good run...up until the Air.


    Its definitely slower.
  23. ARH1956 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    Really, far and away better? You need to return your Air to the Apple Store, something is wrong with it. My Air's screen is easily equal to my Mini R's screen in every way to my eyes. I do find the Air's screen has a little more vibrant color & contrast than the Mini R's screen, but both are excellent.

    As a disclaimer, I've always thought the original iPad and Mini were completely acceptable, not displaying the totally unusable "Etch-A-Sketch" pixelated screen some seem to suggest.
  24. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Yeah, I think its just some carelessness on the part of some posters relying a bit too much on hyperbole. It's a shame, because it makes it harder to sift the exaggerations from more reasoned and accurately stated observations to feed one curiosity and need for understanding.

    My iPad is crippled.

    The constant crashes make my iPad unusable.

    The screen is washed out.

    The yellow tint makes in unwatchable.

    Etc. Seems like they need to be returned immediately for exchange or refund.
  25. harpyeagle macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2011
    I don't know if you meant Extra inches leads to Extra ppi, but if you did, its actually the opposite, at least as far Apple & Ipads are concerned.

    Air = 2048 x 1536 @ 264ppi
    Mini R = 2048 x 1536 @ 326ppi

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