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Apple’s iPad mini display is ‘terrible’

iPad Mini Criticism Display

The early iPad mini reviews are in, and they basically all say the same thing: It’s an iPad, but mini. Sites with early access to the device all seem to agree that the hardware is leaps and bounds better than other tiny tablets, and that the overall experience is smoother as well. They also all seem to agree that the display on Apple’s (AAPL) new slate is awful compared to other Apple devices.

“Ew, the screen is terrible,” was the initial reaction of John Gruber’s wife when he first handed her the iPad mini, and he writes that the response matched his exactly. The Daring Fireball owner went on to say that his opinion after a week remains unchanged: The hardware and software are fantastic but the screen is “terrible” compared to Apple’s Retina displays, but not that bad for those coming from an iPad 2 or the original model.

Because of the mini’s size and weight, Gruber plans to switch from the full-sized iPad to the iPad mini despite the new tablet’s poor display — though he notes it will be a “particularly bitter pill” to swallow. Apple’s iPad mini launches on Friday starting at $329.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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