In general, the iPad Mini is fine for viewing films (as well as doing basically anything else). The processing force is nearly the same as the iPad 4, so there is no genuine difficulty there and the playback is mostly as easy as an android’s bottom (Star Trek gag).
The only real issue with the iPad Mini could be the lack of a ‘Retina Display’, the beautiful display technology featured on iPad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (among others). The apple ipad Mini does suffer a little from the lack of a Retina Display, but it’s probably not a problem.
There’s, naturally, the matter of that 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store data, however, but that is mostly common sense
Gareth Beavis, in the official ‘TechRadar.com’ review of the 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 then went on to discuss about the iPad Mini’s scarcity of file compatibility. That is, as far as I am concerned, the Ipad mini’s main disadvantage as a media player.
“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 believe that Beavis provides a reasonably good list of the positives and negatives.
Elsewhere, the Head of Technology on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the smaller screen size in his review, when he wrote,
In addition, the 7″ size actually makes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when watching a movie; the tablet really uses its petite stature for a bonus. Moreover, the display continues 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 stuff measured, the iPad Mini is okay for watching films, but I personally advise you opt for a model with extra space for storing (and also that you keep in mind the file type limitations of that apple ipad Mini).
How is that iPad Mini for watching films?