iPad mini iPad mini, horrible screen but great weight and size.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by UBS28, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    I tested the iPad mini for the first time today, the screen is horrible in comparison to the iPad 3/4.

    If the iPad mini 2 has a retina display, it's the end for the regular iPad line. 7" is the perfect size ( and weight ) as the screen is large enough to read without zooming in ( despite not having a retina display ). And it's really great that you can hold it in 1 hand easily at very low weight.

    In the future, I'll probably retire my iPad 3 for a iPad mini 2/3 ( if it has a Retina display ).
  2. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    7" tablets will always serve a purpose. But the fascination with small tablets is a fad like it was with mobile phones. As 10" tablets slim down they will dominate. 5" mobile phones, 10" tablets are the future.
  3. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    I'm just not now, nor ever was, a fan of the large bezel on any of the iPads. I love the Mini for this reason.
  4. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    The large bezels are going to disappear (as they have on the mini due to new technology).
  5. MisterDisney macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Side by side screen comparisons with the full sized retina models are stupid. When I go from my MacBook Air to the mini, I don't feel like the screen is horrible, at all.
  6. Macist macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2009
    I tend to sit back from my non-retina MBP. People hold their tablets a little closer to their eyes. The Mini's screen is therefore a little jarring if you've seen retina screen on your iPhone or iPad 3.
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    The biggest problem that I have it people throwing around words like "horrible", "unreadable", "garbage", and crap like that. The exaggerations and hyberbole is tiring. The new fad apparently is getting headaches from the mini screen. Sigh. :rolleyes:

    I wish people would measure their comments a bit. Either that or consolidate all the "Mini screen is horrible" posts into one thread. That way one can ignore it and focus on more balanced reviews and descriptions. But I guess that wouldn't be as much fun.... :apple:
  8. bobbysmith macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    It's not 7".

    The small bezel makes it hard to hold without covering the screen. My guess is they gave the mini a thin bezel to reduce the size of the device to something closer to the 7" competitors and that this was more important than usability.
  9. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    I find it funny prior to the new retina iPads they were great tablets, now their so horrible. Why were they not horrible back then?!?
  10. IbisDoc macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2010
    If people believe that they are getting headaches from the screen, who are you to tell them that they aren't?
  11. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Could the mods maybe think about creating one thread where everyone can comment on the mini screen? I mean how many threads do we have now from people who hate the screen?
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I'm not saying they aren't. I said its the latest fad. If its not the yellow screens its the warm batteries or the whatever. Something unique to Macrumors because I have yet to see it anywhere else.

    All these whiny posts about the Mini's screen are giving ME a headache... :rolleyes:
  13. lianlua macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2008
    They're getting headaches either because they're reading text that's too small or because they're nuts/lying.

    There is nothing special or different about the iPad mini that isn't true of all other LCDs.

    This is just as absurd as people who claimed that the retina displays caused headaches because non-retina images were too blurry. Pull your nose off the glass, use appropriate lighting, and use a comfortable text size for reading long passages. People are ridiculous.
  14. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    If he thinks people are exaggerating, who are you to tell him that he can't have that opinion? ;)

    See it works both ways..... :p
  15. bigboar macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    I am one who said I got headaches while using my mini. I also specifically said It was probably because i was straining my eyes because i wasn't going to be zooming in to read text all the time though... Which in my opinion stinks.. I can use my iPhone 5 for long periods without getting a headache so there is something different. I love the minis size and weight but that wasn't enough for me to keep it. When the mini gets retina I will buy it but until that happens I will enjoy using the 4 I bought after returning it...
  16. Awakener macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2011
    Many users are experiencing problems with mini screen but not other small or low resolution screens. There are many issues like color, contrast, resolution, glare, and formatting.
  17. ninermac macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I think there will continue to be 10 and 7 inch tablets in the market as content creation is tough to do on the smaller ipad. 7s are where the market growth is going to be though...
  18. tsd71 macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2012

    The screen is not horrible, in my opinion it is a very good screen.
  19. Mazda 3s macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Just went to look at one today at Best Buy just to see what all the hoopla was about. Screen looked fine to me. It didn't look as crisp as the Retina display for sure, but it was perfectly acceptable in my eyes... especially from my viewing typical viewing distance.

    If I spent my time with the device 6" in front of my face, I'd be terribly disappointed, but I don't.

    I think I'm going to be cashing in my credit card rewards for a 32GB white.
  20. macrat macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2003
    Don't forget that many (and that's an understatement) that are posting here are Android trolls. Some of there are pretty convincing.
  21. AlanKA macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2012

    LOL, I was walking the streets of Denver today and emptied my wallet handing out cash to all the blind beggars that dared look at the iPad Mini screen.
  22. richardmu macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I'm still very happy with my iPad 2 and could never see the big deal with the retina display when it came out. Sure it looked a little better but not that much for me. Returned the 3 as I didn't like the extra bulk it appeared to gain over the 2.

    The mini looks very good and I like the slim light feel of it. However, I got a bit tired of the usual Apple difficulty with ordering so bought a Kindle Fire HD instead. Great tablet. Apple lost a sale!
  23. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    I have an iPad 2 and an iPod Touch 5G (retina screen). Got curious about all the hysteria about the mini's screen and retina versus nonretina, so I opened this thread on both devises and scrolled to the same message on each.

    Aside from slight differences in brightness, both were perfectly readable and did not cause me headaches or incontinence. I guess if I used a magnifying glass to examine the differences, I would have found some.

    Glad I made the comparison as I was getting worried that the mini I ordered as a Christmas gift would cause permanent injury to the recipient. :rolleyes:
  24. jpross123 macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2012
    I put the iPad mini next to my old iPad 2 and the screen looked even better than the iPad 2. The screen does not look horrible by any means, and it almost looks like a retina display due to the same resolution as a iPad 2, just shrunk.

    Unless you are looking at your iPad from 2 inches away, you will not tell too much of a difference
  25. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007

    You didn't need to write this. Your title of the thread pretty much says everything one needs to know about the mini.

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