Ars Technica reviews iPad mini 4: A lighter, faster tablet with a better screen

“At first glance the iPad Mini 4 looks and feels pretty much like the three that came before it, but it has a few design tweaks that differentiate it from its predecessors,” Andrew Cunningham writes for Ars Technica. “It’s ever so slightly taller, thinner, and lighter, just different enough that many cases and covers designed for the first three Minis won’t fit this one.”

“We used our Spyder4Elite colorimeter to quantify the display improvement. We used the Duet Display app to extend the OS X desktop to the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 4, and then we used the Spyder calibration app to measure the color gamut of each display,” Cunningham writes. “In this test, the iPad Mini 2’s color gamut was reported as 76 percent of sRGB. The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4 were reported at 98 percent and 99 percent respectively — within the margin of error, we’d say — and their chromaticity charts look essentially the same. This change isn’t going to matter to everyone. There are still other key differences between the Mini 4 and the Air 2, as we’ll discuss momentarily. But after three years of soldiering on with an inferior display, it’s nice to see a Mini that can match the standard iPad in both resolution and quality.”

“If you’re just looking for a small screen to use for Netflix you can pick up a six-pack of dirt-cheap Kindle Fires for less than the price of Apple’s least expensive tablet,” Cunningham writes. “But if you’re a heavy tablet user with an appetite for games and apps and you’ve been waiting for a mini tablet as capable as the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 4 is probably the best thing you can buy right now.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. I don’t know why Ars bothered to test the iPad’s color gamut. BFD that it now has better compliance with the sRGB gamut. sRGB is what I always call ‘stupid RGB’. It’s a Microsoft conceived minimal standard color gamut that is useless for color management. IOW: If you’re a pro, you don’t use an iPad for color management.

    1. Ars Technica reviews iPad mini 4: A heavier, slower tablet with a worse screen

      WTF is going on? They review an item and this is the highlight of the analysis? “Everyone could have guessed thát.”

  2. Got my 128 gb mini4 delivered the other day. VERY fast, snappy, using it to stream cable tv business channels in my office in addition to other screens. Much better screen picture and no buffering at all…..

    If you need a mini, I recommend this one……..I upgrade from the mini2 which was fine but this definitely nicer, no question about it….

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