Generally, the iPad Mini is ok for viewing movies (as well as doing pretty much anything else). The processing force is about the same as a apple ipad 4, so there’s no true difficulty there also the playback is generally as easy just as one android’s bottom (Star Trek joke).
The one real issue with the iPad Mini may be the deficit of a ‘Retina Display’, the stunning display tech featured on apple ipad 3 – 4, iPod Touch (4th – 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 – 5 (amongst others). The apple ipad Mini does suffer slightly from the deficit of a Retina Screen, but it’s probably not a problem.
You can find, of course, the matter of the 16GB iPad Mini struggling to store data, however, but that’s 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 followed on to discuss the iPad Mini’s lack of file compatibility. This is, as far as I am concerned, the Ipad mini’s biggest downside 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 think that Beavis offers a pretty good details of the pros and cons.
In a different place, the Head of Technology on the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7″ screen size in his appraisal, when he wrote,
Additionally, the 7 inch size in reality makes the iPad Mini easier to hold when watching a film; the tablet actually uses its small stature for a bonus. Besides, the screen is still 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 considered, the apple ipad Mini is fine for watching movies, but I personally advise you opt for the model with additional storage space (and also that you keep in mind the file type limitations of that apple ipad Mini).