The only real concern with the iPad Mini is the lack of a âRetina Displayâ, the stunning screen tech featured on apple ipad 3 â 4, iPod Touch (4th â 5th Gen) and iPhone 4 â 5 (amongst the rest). The iPad Mini does suffer somewhat from the deficit of a Retina Display, however itâs not really a crisis.
There is, obviously, the matter of that 16GB apple ipad Mini struggling to store information, however, but thatâs typically common sense
Gareth Beavis, in the authorized âTechRadar.comâ review of the Apple ipad mini, understood:
âThe 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 wantâ.
He then went on to speak the iPad Miniâs scarcity of file compatibility. This is, as far as I am concerned, the Ipad miniâs major downside as a media device.
âThereâs 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 thatâs 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 tabletâ¦But thatâs the griping out of the way â as a video player, the iPad mini is excellent. Itâs just the right size and weight to hold two-handed in landscape mode, and if youâre OK with it not feeling as secure in one hand, a decent heft to hold with a single set of digitsâ.
I believe that Beavis offers a fairly good rundown of the pros and cons.
Elsewhere, the Head of Technology at the Daily Telegraph, Shane Richmond, addressed the 7 inch screen size in his appraisal, when he wrote,
âIn 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 HDâ.
Additionally, the 7â³ size actuallymakes the apple ipad Mini more comfortable to hold when watching a film; the device really uses its petite stature for a bonus. Moreover, the display continues to be more than adequate. Devindra Hardawar, of âVenture Beat.comâ, wrote,
âMovies and games donât look as sharp as they do on Retina Display-equipped iPads, but itâs a more than worthy tradeoff. It takes a discerning eye to notice the benefits of Appleâs Retina Display, but anyone can immediately recognize how much more convenient the iPad mini is. (And naturally, thatâs a problem that will be fixed in future models when Apple brings Retina Display quality to the iPad Mini.)â
All things considered, the iPad Mini is ok for viewing movies, but I myself advise you opt for the tablet with extra storage space (and also that you keep in perspective the file type restrictions of the apple ipad Mini).