iPad mini iPad mini screen...

Discussion in 'iPad' started by k3ith, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. k3ith macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2007
    New York, NY
    I'd just not the same when it's not retina. I know that it's technically a little better than the ipad 2, but if you've gone retina... It's really tough to go back.

    I LOVE how the ipad feels in my hand, but apple really missed the mark on leaving out retina. Whenever apple does decide to release an ipad mini with retina, then they have a real winner. As it stands right now, it just feels like a half baked device.
  2. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    Agreed. I just checked it out at the Apple Store near my place. I'd buy in a second if it had retina. For that price, it definitely should.

  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    These kinds of threads are funny (because they're so ridiculous), but apple has only itself to blame. They've been pushing this retina hype for over two years now, so I guess this is what they get.
  4. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Silliest thing I've seen. I have an iPad 3 and iPhone 5. I got the iPad mini this morning and it's beautiful. The screen is not as good when using a magnifying glass on it, but overwise it's very nice. Great color and viewing angle.
  5. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2010
    +1 to all he said
  6. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I don't think Apple made a mistake here at all.

    They are not aiming for customers who prioritize a high density display (like myself). For those people, the iPad 4 is the product to get.

    With the iPad mini they are aiming for the "rest of us". When the retina iPad came out, there were quite a number of people posting on this same forum that they didn't see the value in the extra pixels and didn't like the tradeoffs (slightly thicker, slightly heavier, runs hotter, CPU has to work harder, etc.). Many wanted a cheaper option. A lot of people went for the iPad 2 for that reason.

    Now they have another option and it's a very nice one. I'm holding one in my hands right now in fact (my wife ordered it). It's a beautiful device. Sure it doesn't win over the retina display fans, but others will love it.

    If they put a retina display in the mini, it would have cost more and been a lot thicker and heavier, defeating the purpose. They HAD to go non-retina on this one. At least until the technology improves.
  7. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    I love Apple. My own friends would call me a fanboy, but this takes the cake. You guys are drunk on the kool-aid.

    Everything about the mini is beautiful except for it's terrible screen. It's ok to say that.

  8. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    Depends on what you are doing. Text on a white background definitely does not look good or even remotely close to a retina display.


    Agree. Screen is not great. People normally nit pick but this isn't IMO. The screen is the main point of this device.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    it has a better screen than my macbook air.


    ...or are they fail too.
  10. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Love my rMBP and my iPhone 5's display - however the iPad Mini is still usable for me.
  11. fsumom macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2010
    I was just about to post that the mini screen is way better than my 2010 Macbook Pro.
  12. Bokes macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Agree as well.
    I checked out mini and the NookHD today.
    The mini is very nice- but the NookHd's screen is far better.
    Most posts here- even from folks who bought and seem to be digging the mini- agree the screen is a major weak spot.
  13. nabwong macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    Just walked into the store ready to buy the mini. Then I saw the display and told myself I'd wait for the retina version. Its really hard to go back to non-retina. I'm spoiled but this is a luxury purchase anyway. Lol.

    Might as well wait for the best. Right now, I'm totally ok with my asus tablet but the iPad mini is such a great size. Love the screen dimensions for reading. For video, still not as good as nexus 7.

    Hopefully next year's model will have retina and it'll be my reading tablet.
  14. drunkbacchus macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012
    I think I might be one of the few people who actually don't mind the display.

    It's not Retina, but it isn't bad by any means. I do wish it was a tad bit brighter, other than that- I am happy with this purchase.
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I'm still on the fence about the display. Photos and videos are ok....and I just mean ok. Browsing is great and the form factor is phenomenal. It's going to boil down to form factor vs retina. Although I can probably hold out and keep the mini until the mini retina comes.
  16. nickftw8686 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    I have been using mine for hours today and it has not gotten hot at all and the weight really is great. The main reason I did not get a bigger iPad was for those reasons. Now i am not saying that when they release a retina mini that it wont run cool and not be heavy but currently its the best option if those are two things you care about.
  17. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Just got my mini a few minutes ago. I can definitely see the difference in the screen, but for me the smaller form factor more than makes up for it for now.

    I will definitely upgrade to a retina mini when available...assuming it also has an A6X.

    As far as typing goes I like this mini a lot better. I can still touch type using all but my pinky fingers and it actually is more comfortable because of the smaller key spacing. And I also have fairly large hands...
  18. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    The ipad mini screen IS disappointing when compared to retina ipad.

    But everything else about it is top notch. It feels nice to actually be able to hold my ipad and be comfortable doing it! The screen is disappointing if going from a retina ipad. But the positives truly outweigh the negatives.

    This little gadget is amazing! It also seems to be very fast. No regrets whatsoever thus far. The more I use the mini the less the screen bothers me. If you're looking for a truly portable tablet, then this is the way to go overall IMO. And the screen isn't bad, it's just disappointing when coming from a retina screen.
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Well of course it is.
  20. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I feel the same way but bought one anyway. At $329 I can live w/ the screen till next gen. Next gen a Retina screen is imperative.
  21. seajewel macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2010
    Well, I agree. I just don't understand anyone who says they can't tell the difference though. It's glaringly obvious to me when looking at text of any kind. Whether it's the home screen or iBooks or Safari. Still.. it's such a thin and light device. If it were retina I would be in heaven. Maybe next year it will be.
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Well your Air's screen is inferior to the rMBP.
  23. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    It is always noticeable. I find it worse though when I view web pages such as this one.
  24. iAi macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2012
    You have to use that as subject title so you'll thread get more attention. Well, you succeeded just like the similar threads which you should have used for the OP. :D

    Enjoy your mini, am jealous.
  25. nickftw8686 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2011
    I have been defending the screen in other threads on the mini, and yes it is not as good as the retina screen, but why would anyone think it would be as good lol. The screen is still good for what it is, and I enjoy using it. I would never and have never expected the screen to be as good as a retina screen, that is just setting it up to fail before you even use it.

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