I have used the mini for a few hours already and I have installed the apps I use most often .. Here is my findings on screen quality and pixelation: - same PDF document using Goodreader > pixelated like a old print book on the mini at default size > zoom in so the text size close to the visible size on iPad 3 - pixelation gone (however left with slight "shadow" but text "looks" retina enough") What does this all mean? - when the text is large enough, there are enough pixels to fill so the characters look superb and no compromise in terms of clarity - to look this good, I have to put up with the annoyance of scrolling while reading the PDF (screen is smaller, as with iPad 3 I don't need to zoom at all) Similar problem exists with web pages as well. When it looks pixelated (usually isolated to tiny fonts), enlarge the page solves the issue. But it's a hassle. iBook: the font size is optimized for iBook contents, reading PDF is exactly the same issue as described above. iPad optimized Apps: they look retina enough Conclusion: pixelation are generally isolated to non-optimized apps (eg. iPhone) and documents and web pages at default view due to small default font size from smaller display and low pixel count.