iPad Mini 4's Display Outperforms the iPad Pro

iPad Mini 4's Display Outperforms the iPad Pro

Reviews of the iPad Pro continue to come out, with most of them being generally favorable. Time magazine's review may be the most enthusiastic: "The iPad Pro is best computer Apple has ever made." The article concedes that it's not the fastest computer Apple has made, or the most portable. But considered as a whole, the iPad Pro "achieves the best balance between traditional computing and the places mobile devices like smartphones and tablets seem to be inevitably taking us in the future. It’s a remarkable piece of technology anybody considering buying either a tablet or laptop computer should consider seriously."

The 12.9-inch display on the iPad Pro consistently receives praise. But interestingly, the experts at DisplayMate found that the iPad mini 4 actually performed better overall than the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 in their tests in these categories:  Screen Reflections,  Brightness and Contrast,  Colors and Intensities,  Viewing Angles,  LCD Spectra,  and Display Power. The iPad Mini performed better in five out of the six categories, with the iPad Pro coming out on top only in contrast ratio. The iPad Air 2 came in last.

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This isn't to say that the iPad Pro doesn't have a great display. DisplayMate says just the opposite: "the iPad Pro delivers a Top-Tier professional display." The site gives the iPad Mini 4 a grade of A, and the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 a grade of A-. And it effusively praises the iPad min 4 display, referring to it as a "textbook-perfect LCD display."

The feature that most distinguishes the iPads from other tablets is their performance in ambient light. No other tablet comes close. Here's what DisplayMate says:

Right now all the iPads are the unrivaled record holders for display performance in ambient light as a result of their record low screen Reflectance of 2.0 to 2.6 percent, significantly lower than the 4.5 to 6.5 percent Reflectance found in all other current competing Tablets. As a result, the iPads provide by far the highest on-screen image Contrast in ambient light and the highest Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light of all current Tablet displays.

Indeed, I've noticed how clear my iPad mini 4 looks even in bright sunlight. Overall, I'm really pleased with it.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.