Generally, the apple ipad Mini is ok for viewing movies (as well as doing almost everything else). The processing force is about the same as a iPad 4, so there is no true problem there and the playback is generally as smooth as an android’s bottom (Star Trek gag).
The one real concern with the iPad Mini is the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display technology featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst others). The apple ipad Mini does suffer somewhat from the deficit of a Retina Screen, however it’s probably not a crisis.
You can find, of course, the matter of that 16GB iPad Mini struggling to store data, on the other hand, but that’s mostly common sense
Gareth Beavis, in the authorized ‘TechRadar.com’ appraisal of the Apple ipad mini, understood:
“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 speak about the apple ipad Mini’s scarcity of file compatibility. This is, so far as I’m concerned, the Mini’s major 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 offers a fairly good rundown of the pros and cons.
Elsewhere, the Head of Technology on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7″ screen size in the review, when he wrote,
“In practice the smaller screen size is not much of a problem and it is because of that 0.9-inches, which gives 35 per cent more screen area than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD”.
In addition, the 7 inch size in reality makes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when viewing a film; the device actually uses its small stature as a bonus. Moreover, the display continues to be more than adequate. 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 okay for viewing films, but I myself recommend that you opt for the model with extra space for storing (and also that you keep in perspective the file type restrictions of that iPad Mini).