Welcome to another Good e-Reader Comparison video! Today we check out the latest generation Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Apple iPad Mini 1. Over the course of our review we focus on the e-reading experience to see if the high resolution display makes a difference. We compare the same comic, magazine, newspaper, and eBook side by side. As an added bonus we show you the same HD video to test how they handle it.
The iPad Mini with Retina has a 7.9 inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. This is the exact same resolution as the 9.7 inch Apple iPad Air and really shines with HD content. The first generation Mini has only 1024×768, which means the new one doubles it.
During our tests we found that black text really pops out and looks less pixelated. There is also a stark difference with image heavy content like magazines and comic books, but looks exactly the same with newspapers. As far as video goes, we did not notice a huge difference with content from Netflix, but did with HD videos purchased from iTunes.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.