In general, the iPad Mini is ok for watching films (as well as doing basically everything else). The processing force is about the same as a iPad 4, so there is no real problem there and the playback is usually as smooth just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).
The only real issue with the iPad Mini is the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display technology featured on iPad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst the rest). The iPad Mini does suffer a little with the lack of a Retina Screen, but it’s not really a crisis.
You can find, naturally, the matter of that 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store information, however, but that is typically 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 scarcity of file compatibility. This is, so far as I am concerned, the Ipad mini’s main disadvantage as the 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 feel that Beavis gives a fairly good list of the pros and cons.
In a different place, the Head of Tech on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7 inch screen size in his appraisal, when he wrote,
In addition, the smaller size actually makes the iPad Mini more comfortable to hold when watching a movie; the device really uses its small stature for a bonus. Besides, 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 considered, the iPad Mini is okay for viewing films, but I myself advise you opt for the model with additional space for storing (and also that you keep in perspective the file type restrictions of the apple ipad Mini).