Sunday, November 4, 2012

iPad mini iPad vs iPad 2 vs 4 vs iPhone 5: Density screen

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The iPad mini is the first iOS device without Retina display has presented since the introduction of Apple iPad 2 in the spring of 2011. The iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 are all Retina devices and the iPod touch 4 and iPod touch 5. There are lots of technical reasons why Apple has decided not to mount a Retina display in the iPad mini: lighting, power and paying a panel of 2048 x 1536, which would have led to a mini iPad considerably thicker, heavier and more expensive. But what is the real difference?

For some people, not including a Retina display device 2012 is a break with innovation. For others, the inclusion of a Retina display in the iPad mini was ridiculous. And others want the Retina display as and can not live without it. Everything is relative and everyone has their priorities.

Anyone who has been using an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPad 3 for a few months you will notice that the pixels are like coarse sandpaper to your eyes. However, if you are using the iPad 2, as I do, you will think that the iPad mini is a step up from Apple. You have to choose between performance and portability screen.

However, the density of display is a real thing. It can be measured and compared. What is most important to you? Does the Retina display is a priority for you? It is something you should consider.

So let's try to analyze this density screen with a macro lens. First, the Safari icon. From left to right, iPad 2 to 132 dpi to 163 dpi mini iPad, iPad 4-264 dpi and finally, iPhone 5-326 dpi.

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Obviously the iPad 2 is the one with the largest and most easily discernible pixels, and the iPhone 5 the least. The iPad mini, even better than the iPad 2, is close enough that it looks almost the same. Also, the iPad 4 is not as good as the iPhone 5, but it is good enough to not notice much difference.

Here's some text and web graphics, the order of the devices is the same.

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Here's a text from iBooks, once again, the order of the devices (although they are images of the same book).

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And here are some graphs of iBooks, just to highlight the difference between the iPad mini (above), iPhone 4 (center) and iPhone 5 (bottom).

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Personally, I think the small text is in the most difference can be seen and it is harder to read on the iPad mini. While it is heavier than the iPad 2, it is also smaller. Moving from an iPad 3 or iPad 4, and especially of an iPod touch or an iPhone 5 May, a mini iPad, not as bad as moving to a iPad 2, but it's close. Going from iPad 2 to iPad mini is a small update in terms of viewing, as happens when going from an iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3, having a density identical but not nearly as good quality color or panel.

The fast-motion video and gaming are maintained to a good standard throughout the range of devices, only based on perception and movement. So if your main use is that, unlike practically no notice.

In short, the lack of Retina display on the iPad mini shows, and much. But when you come to use an iPad 3 in time. If your case can bother you. But the compact size, thinness and especially factors lightness are important enough to withstand the lack of Retina display for now.

Apple has had to give up the Retina display in order to make an iPad lighter, thinner, smaller and less expensive. For the coming of an iPad 2, the iPad mini is an upgrade in every way. For those who do not mind the screen density, will not even notice.

What do you think? Does the Retina display is a decisive factor for you?

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