Apple’s new iPad mini with Retina display costs £319. You can save £70 by settling for a lesser touchscreen and getting last year’s iPad mini instead, but should you?
In our latest 60 second video guide, we explain what makes a great touchscreen, how much resolution matters and whether or not the iPad mini with Retina display is good value for money. Just click on the clip below for our bite-sized verdict.
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iPad mini with Retina display – 60 second guide
Bigger tablet, better screen?
Usually with tablets, the bigger their screen the more expensive they are. At £319, Apple’s iPad mini is the same price as many 10-inch tablets, like the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. That’s mostly down to its high definition Retina display, which Apple claims is so high res you can’t see the individual pixels.
But, just as more megapixels in a camera’s sensor don’t necessarily make for better photos, more pixels in a screen won’t always make for a better viewing experience.
How much do pixels matter?
Apple’s Retina display technology offers a tablet resolution of 2048×1536. That means over 3 million pixels are crammed onto the same touchscreen to show off as much pictorial detail as possible. Some tablets offer even better resolutions – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 features a resolution of 4 million pixels. But that’s not all that matters in a touchscreen.
It’s important too for it to have vivid colours, perform well from awkward viewing angles and be backed up with plenty of processing power for streaming video. According to our past testing, Apple’s Retina displays perform well in all these aspects.
Should you buy a Retina display?
If you’re shopping for a tablet this Christmas, you don’t have to get an iPad with Retina display to enjoy a dazzling touchscreen experience. Tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD allow you to spend a little less money and get a display that’s almost as good.
So, before you jump on the Retina display bandwagon, ignore the hype and shop around for the best all-round tablet.