Last month DisplayMate called the iPhone 6 Plus the “Best Performing Smartphone LCD Display,” so how do Apple’s new iPads hold up? The site published a rundown of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on Monday, praising the new full-sized slate but expressing disappointment with its smaller sibling.
The iPad Air 2 may just look like a thinner version of last year’s tablet, but it offers at least one great new feature. Apple added an anti-reflective coating for the new iPad, which DisplayMate calls a “major innovation.” Not only does the new feature make it possible to use your tablet in direct sunlight, but it also prevents colors from looking washed out during indoor use.
DisplayMate also praises the iPad Air 2’s bonded glass design, though it notes that competing tablets have offered the same thing for years. The report notes that performance on the new iPad actually takes a hit next to the original iPad Air, with power efficiency dropping by 16 percent compared to last year’s model. Overall it’s still a great tablet though, and DisplayMate calls the display “very good” even if it’s not the best on the market.
The iPad mini 3 doesn’t fare nearly as well in DisplayMate’s report, which calls the smaller device a “major disappointment.” We’re not really surprised though, since Apple didn’t actually upgrade the new tablet’s display with this year’s model and instead focused on adding Touch ID. The report notes that colors still look distorted, especially deep reds. It’s also pretty reflective, and could definitely use some of the anti-reflective coating included with the iPad Air 2.
Overall the results are pretty clear. The iPad Air 2 is a great option for anyone looking to buy a full-sized tablet. If you prefer a smaller device you’re probably better off with last year’s Retina iPad mini, though it might be worth waiting another year to see if the iPad mini 4 is a significant improvement.