Commonly, the apple ipad Mini is ok for viewing movies (as well as doing basically everything else). The processing power is about the same as a apple ipad 4, so there is no real difficulty there and the playback is usually as easy just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).
The only real concern with the iPad Mini may be the lack of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display tech featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (among the rest). The apple ipad Mini does suffer a little with the deficit of a Retina Screen, however it’s probably not a problem.
There is, evidently, the matter of that 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store information, however, but that’s mostly common sense
Gareth Beavis, in the authorized ‘TechRadar.com’ appraisal of the Ipad mini, said:
“The iPad mini suffers from the same thing that all the other iPads do: namely that the 16GB version, which is the poster child of the new cut-size range, is too small to really pack with the movies and apps that you want”.
He followed on to talk about the iPad Mini’s lack of file compatibility. This is, as far as I’m concerned, the Mini’s largest disadvantage as the media tablet.
“There’s the other issue here: the lack of file compatibility. The iPad mini will play .mp4 files fairly easily, but if you fancy chucking on a DivX or AVI option then that’s out of the question. There are third party applications you can use, but these can be extremely buggy and cost extra to put on your tablet…But that’s the griping out of the way – as a video player, the iPad mini is excellent. It’s just the right size and weight to hold two-handed in landscape mode, and if you’re OK with it not feeling as secure in one hand, a decent heft to hold with a single set of digits”.
I feel that Beavis provides a pretty good rundown of the positives and negatives.
In a different place, the Head of Tech on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the smaller screen size in the review, when he wrote,
Additionally, the 7″ size in fact makes the apple ipad Mini easier to hold when watching a film; the device really uses its petite stature for a bonus. Moreover, the screen remains to be above sufficient. Devindra Hardawar, of ‘Venture Beat.com’, wrote,
“Movies and games don’t look as sharp as they do on Retina Display-equipped iPads, but it’s a more than worthy tradeoff. It takes a discerning eye to notice the benefits of Apple’s Retina Display, but anyone can immediately recognize how much more convenient the iPad mini is. (And naturally, that’s a problem that will be fixed in future models when Apple brings Retina Display quality to the iPad Mini.)”
All things measured, the apple ipad Mini is ok for watching films, but I personally recommend you opt for the tablet with additional storage space (and also that you keep in mind the file type limitations of that iPad Mini).
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