E Ink / E Read

The iPad Mini (Apple’s first foray into the 7″ tablet market) was announced today. Woooooo . . . I guess after hearing rumors and speculations about this device for over a year, I am a little underwhelmed.

My lack of excitement turned into shock when I heard that the Mini’s screen resolution would be 1024 x 768 with just 162 pixels per inch. That same resolution was featured all of last year’s 7″ tablets. The Kindle Fire, the Nook Tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 all used this display, and I can tell you that none of them were a joy to read on. In my experience, text looks blurry or pixelated at this resolution, and when you compare it to the iPad 3’s amazing 2048 x 1536 display (264 ppi), it looks downright awful. Pictures and videos look fine, but long-form reading on a screen of this resolution…

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