DisplayMate Calls iPad’s Retina Display “The Best Display Ever on a Mobile Device”

Submitted by lalit on March 19, 2012 - 3:09pm.

While announcing the new iPad, Apple claimed that the new Retina display on the new tablet is the best display ever on a mobile device. And today DisplayMate put Apple’s claim on test with iPad display technology shoot-out, in which they compared the new iPad’s display with displays on iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

In the shoot-out DisplayMate provides in-depth objective side-by-side comparisons with the iPad 2 and iPhone based on detailed laboratory measurements and extensive viewing tests with both test patterns and test images. DisplayMate also compared the new iPad test results with results on other tablets.

The results of all the tests showed that the new iPad really shines with accurate colors and picture quality. It decisively beats (blows away) all of the tablets DisplayMate has previously tested including the iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Barnes & Noble Nook and the worst rated Amazon Kindle Fire. With its virtually perfect 99 percent of Standard Color Gamut and excellent sharpness, DisplayMate says that iPad now qualifies for professional level applications.

DisplayMate concluded the shoot-out by saying:

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!

Below we have added screen shot of some of the test results. You can see complete test results on DisplayMate’s website. The article on the website explains in-depth things like actual Retina Display, resolution, sharpness and other factors.