iPad Air 2’s anti-reflective screen reduces ambient light reflections dramatically

Both iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 recently went on sale in many countries, and following a series of tests from DisplayMate, owners of the larger tablet may have made the right decision.

The technology, DisplayMate discovered, reduces ambient light reflections by about 3:1 over most other tablets, including the previous iPads, and about 2:1 over all of the very best competing tablets and smartphones, including the iPhone 6.

Ray Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies has put the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 through the normal tests to determine just how great a particular screen might be. The main draw with the iPad Air 2 is its new display, which features a new bonded construction. That means the air gap that used to be between the display and the cover glass is no longer present. More than that, the iPad Air 2 also features an antireflective coating, something that many reviewers noted in their time with the new flagship tablet.
“Other than the new anti-reflection coating and bonded cover glass, the display on the iPad Air 2 is essentially unchanged and identical in performance to the iPad 4 introduced in 2012, and is actually slightly lower in performance than the original iPad Air (for example 8% lower Brightness and 16% lower display Power Efficiency) – most likely the result of an obsession with producing a thinner Tablet forcing compromises in the LCD backlight. Similarly, the display on the iPad mini 3 is essentially unchanged and identical in performance to the iPad mini Retina Display introduced in 2013.“
In terms of the Absolute Color rating, the iPad Air 2 recorded a slightly large 107 percent Color Gamut versus a 100 percent sRGB while the iPad mini 3 achieved a rather small 62 percent Color Gamut.

The iPad mini 3 does not warrant plenty of praise, unfortunately, from Soneira. As is common knowledge by now, the iPad mini 3’s display is exactly the same display as is present in the iPad mini 2, so the tests only showcased the display’s flaws all over again. The result is a “major disappointment.”
“In 2013 the mini was given a Retina display, but remained with a reduced 62 percent Color Gamut – the only current iPad or iPhone without a full Color Gamut. Now, in 2014 the new iPad mini 3 still only has a 62 percent Color Gamut, plus it was denied the new enhanced anti-reflection coating and bonded cover glass of the iPad Air 2.“
So what do you think guys ?

[via MacRumors; DisplayMate]


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