The iPad Mini with Retina Display bears an uncanny resemblance to the iPad Air. But there is a difference in dimensions. The A7 microchip and front and rear cameras are pretty much identical too. The design elements match and functionality and fuel cell economy are on a par between the two.
However, besides the size issue, there is one area where they radically differ. And that is color uniqueness. Despite the addition of the appendage Retina Display, it has the exact color acuity as the previous iPad mini that is 12 months old by now. In fact, the color spectrum is so narrow that it doesn’t even compare to the iPad Air, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
DisplayMate has compared Retina iPad mini display with Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. The comparison result disappoints. DisplayMate states: "iPad mini with Retina Display unfortunately comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7 because it still has the same small 63 percent Color Gamut as the original iPad mini and even older iPad 2. That is inexcusable for a current generation premium Tablet. The big differences in Color Gamut between the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7 and the much smaller 63 percent Gamut in the iPad mini Retina Display were quite obvious and easy to see in the side-by-side Viewing Tests. This all appears to be due to incredibly poor planning. Instead of moving up to the higher performance (and cost) Low Temperature Poly Silicon LCDs, Apple chose to continue gambling on IGZO, which has resulted in both production shortages and inferior products."
The fact of the matter is that the existing gap between the quality of colors that get displayed on the screen and the expected repertoire of hues is too wide for comfort. This has led to widespread discontent. The gadget came in last among a series of gizmos which include the Apple iPad 4 and the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7.
Both of these ranked above the iPad Mini with Retina Display in terms of color range and capacity. Other surveys also gave similar results thereby adding to the suspicions that the product does not live up to the hype surrounding it.
DisplayMate President Ray Soneira said, “That is inexcusable for a current generation premium tablet. The big differences in color gamut between the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Nexus 7 and the much smaller 63 percent gamut in the iPad mini Retina display were quite obvious and easy to see in the side-by-side viewing tests. … This all appears to be due to incredibly poor planning. Instead of moving up to the higher performance (and cost) low-temperature poly silicon LCDs, Apple chose to continue gambling on IGZO, which has resulted in both production shortages and inferior products.”