Generally, the apple ipad Mini is ok for watching films (as well as doing basically everything else). The processing muscle is nearly the same as a iPad 4, so there’s no genuine problem there and the playback is usually as smooth just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek gag).
The only real issue with the iPad Mini may be the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the beautiful display technology featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst the rest). The apple ipad Mini does suffer somewhat with the lack of a Retina Screen, however it’s not really a crisis.
There is, naturally, the matter of the 16GB iPad Mini struggling to store data, however, but that’s typically 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 talk about the iPad Mini’s scarcity of file compatibility. This is, so far as I’m concerned, the Ipad mini‘s major drawback as a 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 think that Beavis offers a pretty good rundown of the positives and negatives.
Elsewhere, the Head of Tech on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7 inch screen size in his review, when he wrote,
In addition, the 7 inch size in fact makes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when viewing a film; the device really uses its petite stature as a bonus. Moreover, the display remains 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 stuff measured, the apple ipad Mini is fine for watching movies, but I personally recommend you opt for the tablet with extra space for storing (and also that you keep in perspective the file type restrictions of that iPad Mini).