iPad Mini review roundup: slim shape, sharp lines, sub-par screen
The iPad Mini is a good-looking tablet, reviewers say. But the screen is less than impressive.
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Now on to the screen. Keep in mind that as opposed to the Kindle Fire HD, which retails for just 200 bucks, the iPad Mini does not include a high-resolution display. That hasn't escaped the notice of the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg.Skip to next paragraph
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"Apple insists the device does better than standard definition, if you are obtaining the video from its iTunes service, since iTunes scales the video for the device, so it will render somewhere between standard definition and HD," Mossberg writes. "It says some other services will do the same. But the lack of true HD gives the [Google Nexus 7] and Fire HD an advantage for video fans. In my tests, video looked just fine, but not as good as on the regular iPad."
Meanwhile, over at Bloomberg, Rich Jaroslovsky addresses a question we've had on our mind, too: Is 7.9 inches really enough screen space?
"I didn’t see a huge difference [between 9.7 inches and 7.9 inches] in some uses, such as watching videos or reading e-books. But I found it noticeably harder to read some Web pages, particularly those with fine print. If you’ve got eyesight at all like mine, be prepared to do a lot of pinching and zooming," Jaroslovsky says.
We'll give the last word to Scott Stein of CNET, who takes stock of the hardware on the iPad Mini.
"The venerable dual-core A5 processor has been around since 2011, and has been seen in everything from the iPad 2 to iPhone 4S, fifth-gen iPod Touch, and Apple TV. The version in the Mini most closely matches the iPad 2's, with the same 512MB of RAM," he writes, adding that "the iPad Mini is really a shrunken-down, redesigned, enhanced iPad 2."
And that's not a bad thing at all.