The iPad mini doesn’t have the best screen out there when it comes to resolution vs size.
The good news? The screen is larger than the competition. Physically, it’s larger. However, the resolution is lower. This is going to be the downside. Bigger screen + lower resolution = worse overall when it comes to sharpness. Of course we haven’t handled one for ourselves. The pixel density on the iPad mini is on par with pre-Retina iPhones. Still, that may not tell the whole story. The iPhone 5 has the same pixel density as the iPhone 4 and 5. However, it looks better overall thanks to the way the color is calibrated and the way the screen is built.