Is the apple ipad mini any good for watching films on?

In general, the apple ipad Mini is okay for watching movies (as well as doing basically everything else). The processing power is about the same as the apple ipad 4, so there’s no actual problem there also the playback is usually as smooth as an android’s bottom (Star Trek gag).

Really the only real concern with the iPad Mini could be the lack of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning screen tech featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th - 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (among others). The iPad Mini does suffer a little with the deficit of a Retina Display, however it’s probably not a crisis.

There is, evidently, the matter of the 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store information, on the other hand, but that’s mostly common sense

Gareth Beavis, in the authorized ‘TechRadar.com’ review of the Apple ipad mini, understood:

“The http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2014/10/03/will-apple-pay-succeed/16535925/ 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 the apple ipad Mini’s lack of file compatibility. That is, so far as I’m concerned, the Mini’s major disadvantage as the media device.

“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 gives a fairly good list of the pros and cons.

In a different place, the Head of Technology at the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the smaller 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”.

Additionally, the smaller size actually makes the iPad Mini easier to hold when watching a film; the device really uses its petite stature for a bonus. Besides, 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 things considered, the iPad Mini is ok for viewing films, but I personally recommend you opt for a tablet with additional storage space (and also that you keep in mind the file type limitations of the apple ipad Mini).

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