Just two days ago, I wrote:
This will probably be my last post about the Xiaomi MiPad unless something remarkably new about it appears. I think enough information has been provided here for everyone to make a buying decision.
And here we are. With remarkable new information from a review at ifanr [Google Translate].
An “iPad Mini Android 2”?
They look related but the Xiaomi MiPad has a light near the top left: blinking green for notifications; glowing red when low/no power; yellow when connected for charging.
The bottom capacitive buttons …
… are backlit. That’s not new, but some people might have missed it.
ifanr claims the MiPad’s screen is more yellowish, but it doesn’t really show up in photos:
White certainly looks whiter on the iPad Mini 2, at left.
Surprisingly, ifanr’s unit had light leakage:
However, they admit that they had an engineering sample. So I don’t expect that in final units.
They also found the UI was not smooth — and they admit this is due to the software in the engineering sample still being optimized.
ifanr didn’t optimize their review, however. In the impressive photo samples comparing it to ones taken with the iPad Mini 2, they use this photo to claim the iPad Mini 2 camera is superior, using the example of the lettering on the store sign being washed out:
Here’s the iPad Mini 2 photo …
… and why the store sign looks better is so damned obvious that I’m surprised they even used these two photos for comparison. The iPad Mini 2 photo is taken several steps closer and the Mini is also vertically different so that the sun is hitting that sign in a completely different way in each photo!
And here’s another two photos that try to prejudice the Xiaomi camera:
This time the Mini is tilted downward a bit more (compare the poster at left), giving it less washing-out in the brickwork near the roof peak and the building at right:
And in this set of two, the Xiaomi camera is damned impressive:
Until closely comparing the photos show there’s really nothing to compare …
… because the iPad Mini 2 photo is done so differently it might as well be an entirely different photo.
These two are very close in terms of framing and distance and orientation:
These comparisons are rather foolish, however. I think it’s enough to say that the camera in the Xiaomi MiPad is one of the best — if not the best — in an Android tablet and leave it at that. No comparison to iPad Mini 2 really needed.
There’s a comparison between MIUI on the Xiaomi MiPad and MIUI for other Android tablets. This is a waste of time. MIUI for MiPad is a later version and should be considered canonical for tablets — while the version for other Android tablets is older and, really, won’t have any special features reserved for MiPad and its K1 CPU.
Unsurprisingly, ifanr reveals there’s no standard way for Android games to adapt to different aspect ratios.
Some clip the sides (see lower right corner; that should be a full circle):
Some will squish the image:
Some will letterbox:
I partly blame Samsung:
Confronted with all that — from just one company — who wouldn’t throw up their hands and give up?
ifanr concludes (Google Translate English):
As for positioning [Xiaomi MiPad] from the price point of view, it is not cheap. However, the configuration point of view, it also is a luxury, so it’s positioned below the iPad mini 2, but on other domestic tablet brands. [Xiaomi] is more intelligent, publishing product, has been the iPad mini 2 as a comparison, virtually pulled up their own position.
But, for Android developers, MIUI for [Xiaomi MiPad] proposed a new resolution. This is the most difficult to place its ecology — although LEI [Lei Jun] with the “ease of porting iPad application / game” as a reason, but if it is just from the point of view of Android, developers have to be compatible with another screen resolution and busy. However, under strong brand appeal [Xiaomi], [Xiaomi MiPad] officially listed, will touch each [tablet] domestic brands nerve, as it will make the tablet market reshuffle, depending [Xiaomi MiPad] product positioning, as well as [Xiaomi] itself operate the product.
End of the article stating: [Xiaomi MiPad] machine engineering point of view, it is still worth trying the Android tablet.
In shorter and clearer English:
1) It’s better than any other domestic Chinese tablet, spec- and engineering-wise.
2) It can compete against the iPad Mini 2.
3) Xiaomi is asking developers to support yet another screen resolution simply for the sake of the MiPad. But Xiaomi has a strong brand appeal and could pull this off.
2) The Xiaomi MiPad sets a new standard for Chinese tablets and all other domestic tablet makers will have to improve to compete.
OK, now I think this will probably be my last post about the Xiaomi MiPad.
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