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Report: Apple iPad mini display 'adequate,' not excellent

11/08, 1:22am

Need to support existing resolution, technical limitations forced choice

The monitor specialists at Displaymate have put a new iPad mini through its paces, and have found the display to be "very capable" but a distinct decrease in quality over Apple's Retina display choices as seen in the more recent iPads. Citing the iPad mini's resolution of a lower-than-expected 1024x768, the analysts believe that Apple's choice of panels for the iPad mini was a combination of constraints on display technology, cost minimization, plus a number of "poor choices and compromises."

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 just edges iPad 2 in display quality test

07/26, 4:55pm

Samsung gets edge on Apple in tablet displays

An updated tablet display quality shootout at DisplayMate has just given Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 a slight edge over the iPad 2. While the Apple tablet remained superior to all the other tablets with a wide enough margin to win the last comparison, the new Galaxy Tab was often just ahead enough in tests to win overall. Samsung had the clear edge in resolution at 1280x800 but had just slightly better black levels, brightness, contrast, and glare.

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iPad 2 wins tablet display quality shootout

06/22, 2:25pm

Performance said to match iPhone 4 display

The iPad 2 has bested its competition in DisplayMate's latest comparison of display quality among several popular tablets. Although the second-generation iPad lacks the pixel density of Motorola's Xoom or Asus' Transformer, the display calibration company suggests Apple's tablet wins in nearly every other category. The tests included measurements for screen reflections, brightness, contrast, colors and intensities, viewing angles, backlight power consumption and battery life.

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iPad 2 LCD look shows iPhone 4 color, need for antialiasing

03/16, 10:40am

DisplayMate iPad 2 LCD test calls for antialiasing

An LCD examination for the iPad 2 has shown both its quality but has also called out for major improvements in software and, eventually, in hardware. Like with the original iPad and the iPhone 4, DisplayMate gave the iPad 2's screen praise for having an IPS-based, 24-bit color panel but said it needed better antialiasing to improve the perceived smoothness of text and other elements. As an example, company president Dr. Soneira put it next to a netbook and noticed that a similar pixels-per-inch ratio still netted smoother fonts due to Windows' ClearType.

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