The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition
The Retina iPad Mini screeeeeeams.
I’ve never seen websites build that fast on any tablet.
It’s a gorgeous piece of tech, easy to hold, and lovely to look at.
I tried it at the Apple Store, so these are units the staff make sure work properly. So what’s up with the reduced touch sensitivity of the screen? I noticed the same thing with the iPad Air but figured it was an anomaly. Encountering it twice tells me it’s likely not.
I had to press on things more than once to get a response. I’ve never had that happen with prior versions of any iPad. Maybe it just doesn’t like my fingertips?
I suppose I could live with iOS 7 if I had to. I still think the design looks very malnourished, though.
As for the Google Books PDF test: As expected, the Mini silently crashed and rebooted when I tried to download via Safari the massive PDF of The American Magazine. So that test was out of the question.
So I resorted to Success: A Novel, which I’ve done since the first iPad.
And look at the result in the video:
If you don’t see it, let me say it: It screeeeeamed. That was the fastest handling I’ve seen any tablet do of that PDF. It’s what I expected out of the iPad since it was first introduced. But it’s taken five generations to get there. (Tell me again how your silly games are a measure of horsepower!)
Apple fans will tell me I should use an app to download and read massive Google Books PDFs. And I’ll say again that’s not something I can do in an Apple Store and I’m not going to buy an iPad just to see if it works. That’s bass-ackwards. Show me it works first.