So soon after its release the iPad Pro is very much the media darling right now, and while all eyes are on the new, larger iPad, it’s important to remember that there are other machines in Apple’s tablet lineup. While the iPad Pro is Apple’s big option, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 are excellent choices if you need something a little smaller, and then smaller still.

With all three models offering different size screens, DisplayMate decided to get one of each of Apple’s current iPad lineup and compare their displays across their usual suite of tests, covering color reproduction, clarity and other metrics. With the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 being the newer of the three devices and the iPad Air 2 being the only of the trio to have been released before this year, it’s perhaps no surprise that DisplayMate’s results peg that machine as offering the worst display of the lot, though that doesn’t mean it’s bad by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, all of Apple’s iPads received excellent scores from DisplayMate’s tests, with the smaller iPad mini 4 receiving the best among the three.


Dubbing the iPad mini 4 as “unquestionably the best and most accurate LCD tablet display we’ve ever tested,” DisplayMate gave the little tablet the top score, even when compared to the higher resolution iPad Pro offering. The smaller iPad’s high resolution of 2048 x 1536 despite its comparatively small screen may have helped it along here, however.

The full DisplayMate report makes for heavy reading but is worth the time even if you aren’t a display junkie. At the end of the day, DisplayMate rates Apple’s iPad lineup as the best in the business as far as screen quality is concerned, so essentially it doesn’t matter which model you plump for – you’re going to get one of the best displays in the tablet market.


A portion of DisplayMate’s iPad shoot-out comparison table

You can read through DisplayMate’s complete comparison via the source link provided below.

(Source: DisplayMate)

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