After comparing the new iPad to iPad 2, iPhone 4 and also other Android based tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Barnes & Noble Nook’s Tablet, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, DisplayMate concludes that the new iPad has the best display ever on a mobile device and are impressed that Apple has managed to offer it for $499, the same price as iPad 2.
Apple has taken the very good display on the iPad 2 and dramatically improved two of its major weak points: sharpness and color saturation – they are now state-of-the-art. Our lab tests and visual tests agree with Apple’s claim that the new iPad has “the best display ever on a mobile device” so we have awarded the new iPad the Best Mobile Display Award in DisplayMate’s Best Video Hardware Guide. But there’s more…the new iPad’s picture quality, color accuracy, and gray scale are not only much better than any other Tablet or Smartphone, it’s also much better than most HDTVs, laptops, and monitors. In fact with some minor calibration tweaks the new iPad would qualify as a studio reference monitor. So we have also awarded the new iPad the Best Mobile Picture Quality Award, which was previously held by the original Motorola Droid (not the more recent Droids, which all have poor picture quality). Finally, almost as impressive is that Apple has maintained the base price of $499. Who says Apple doesn’t compete aggressively on price!
That should put to rest surveys, which claim that it is difficult to tell the difference between iPad 2’s display and new iPad’s Retina Display.